Coronavirus Updates as of May 7, 2020

 

Education Abroad at Texas A&M University continues to closely monitor federal and international travel advisories and restrictions, as well as guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO). A Global Level 4 Health Advisory remains in effect from the U.S. Department of State and it is unclear when this – or other foreign travel advisories – may be lifted. These travel advisories have had a major impact on the number of commercial international flights going out of or coming into the U.S. 

Although state and federal restrictions are being loosened, the global threat posed by COVID-19 still remains high. Unwilling to compromise the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff, Education Abroad and Texas A&M University have had to make some tough decisions in regards to international programs. Here is a brief summary on the status of our programs by term:

Summer 2020: All TAMU-sponsored faculty-led, field trip, and student group programs departing between now and the end of Summer II session (Aug. 3) have been canceled. Non-TAMU-sponsored programs offered through our affiliate providers, exchange host institutions, affiliate providers, or other independent international travel providers may still be in progress or on schedule to depart. Students participating in these types of programs are highly encouraged to postpone or cancel their participation.

Late Summer: Some August TAMU-sponsored programs departing on or after Aug. 4, have been canceled. Education Abroad will notify students immediately if the status of their August program changes. 

Fall 2020: To date, fall travel is allowed and programs are set to run. However, some colleges have made the decision to cancel or delay faculty-led programs. Given the fluidity of the COVID-19 situation, we advise students to add trip insurance to their flight purchase or hold off on purchasing flights if possible. Students participating in transfer credit programs are also highly encouraged to alternatively register for TAMU fall courses in the event their fall trip is canceled.

Winter 2021 (Dec. 2020-Jan. 2021): To date, no winter programs have been canceled.

Spring 2021: Applications for spring programs are proceeding as normal.


Important Spring 2021 Program Deadlines

  • Semester exchange: Sept. 15
  • Provider programs: Oct. 1
  • Scholarship deadline: Oct. 12
  • Faculty-led programs: visit your program's website for specific deadlines


For more information about Education Abroad opportunities, please visit the Education Abroad website at abroad.tamu.edu, call 979-845-0544, or email abroad@tamu.edu. Virtual appointments can also be scheduled with an Education Abroad advisor by visiting tx.ag/EducationAbroadAdvising.

 

We’re still here to serve you!

  • Virtual Advising: Education Abroad advisors are available virtually during normal business hours. To schedule an appointment, visit tx.ag/EducationAbroadAdvising.
  • Contact us: Our offices are closed to in-person visitors, however, students who need to reach Education Abroad staff can call 979-845-0544, or email abroad@tamu.edu. Education Abroad staff will continue to answer emails and phone calls during regular business hours.
  • Orientations and Training: All Health & Safety Orientations and Faculty/Trip Leader Briefings have been moved to a virtual format.
  • International exchange students: If you are wishing to return home and need any forms or documentation signed, please call 979-845-0544 during normal business hours to schedule an in-person appointment.


 

Passports

Passport services and photo operations are closed until further notice. Education Abroad is consulting with U.S. Department of State agencies to establish appropriate protocols and procedures for future passport operations. Passport services may resume on an appointment-only basis in the future. Please watch this page for continued updates.

 

Refunds

Education Abroad and Texas A&M University are working diligently to assess and issue refunds for  students affected by program cancelations caused by the COVID-19 pandemic promptly. Please be patient as we work through this process. Program fees and administrative fees posted to student accounts by Education Abroad for canceled TAMU-sponsored programs departing between now and Aug. 3, 2020, will have the charges reversed.
 
If you have any questions or concerns about your refund, please email abroad@tamu.edu.

Outside Providers: For non-TAMU sponsored programs that have been canceled – such as Exchange, Provider, or Independent Travel programs – please contact your host institution, provider, or responsible TAMU department for questions related to refunds. 

 

Non-TAMU programs (Exchange, Provider, and Independent Travel)

The U.S. Department of State recommends that all U.S. citizens avoid international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19.  Because of the seriousness of the COVID-19 situation, border restrictions and closures, and the myriad of financial commitments made by students and families, we are confident that this is the best course of action. If you choose to cancel your participation in a non-TAMU sponsored program or defer your experience to a future term, please do the following:

  • Inform your provider that you would like to cancel or defer your program and ask about options for reimbursement and/or future programs.  Many providers have extended their deadlines and withdrawal policies given the COVID-19 outbreak.  Please CC: your education abroad advisor using tcabroad@tamu.edu.
  • Call and/or email your academic advisor to let him/her know your situation and to identify immediate academic needs due to no longer going abroad this summer.
  • Reach out to your airline carrier to cancel your flight.  Please reference that it is COVID-19 related and you may be able to get a full or partial refund or a voucher for future travel.
  • Email your education abroad advisor at tcabroad@tamu.edu to let us know if you are canceling or deferring your May/summer program. If you cancel your program, we will refund the $100 administrative fee.  If you defer your program, let us know the new term you intend to go abroad and we’ll update your application in the portal accordingly. 


If you still wish to pursue this opportunity, you must do the following:

  • Check with your provider to ensure they have not canceled your program.
  • Be aware that institutional aid and/or federal aid may be restricted due to the travel ban.​
  • Understand that you may not be able to re-enter the U.S. for an indefinite period of time.
  • Notify Education Abroad that you are still pursuing your provider program abroad at abroad@tamu.edu.​
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Previous Updates:


University Information regarding Coronavirus


General Information regarding Coronavirus