Coronavirus Updates as of Sept. 10, 2020

 
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 are the latest updates:
 

Faculty-led programs, field trips, and student group trips

Texas A&M University has canceled ALL faculty-led programs, field trips, and student group trips that will depart the U.S. on or before November 30, 2020. Students and trip leaders impacted by this cancelation have been individually notified.
 
The University has also determined that it is in the best interest of the students, faculty, our community, and the communities of our host countries to cancel most short-term programs scheduled to depart between December 1, 2020, and the start of the Spring semester on January 19, 2021.

The University has approved, with some possible exceptions, semester-long Spring 2021 faculty-led study abroad programs. Approval is contingent on the host country being open to US citizens and the condition that students will not return to campus for the remainder of the semester after their program has ended.

Due to the rapidly changing nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, this decision is subject to change. We recommend that faculty and students refrain from making financial commitments until later in the Fall semester when possible.

Decisions on Spring Break trips or other short-term trips departing after the Spring semester will be made by November 1.
 

Exchange, affiliate provider, and independent study programs

Students participating in individual experiences through a provider or exchange partner are permitted to go as long as the host university or partner has confirmed that it is operational, and with the understanding that they do so at their own risk. Any financial loss incurred because of travel or health issues related to COVID-19 will not be reimbursed by Education Abroad or Texas A&M University.
 
A few things students should consider include:
  • The ability to depart the U.S. and enter destination country based on current travel restrictions
  • That programs may be abruptly ended by the provider or host institution if conditions worsen
  • Travel restrictions may change while abroad, prohibiting students from returning to the U.S.
  • There may be a need to self-isolate upon return to the U.S.
  • The current closure of Passport offices and/or continued restrictions abroad may prevent students from obtaining a passport and/or visa (or residence permit) in time for travel
  • Institutional and federal financial aid may not be awarded due to travel restrictions
  • Remaining enrolled in Texas A&M courses in addition to 1 credit hour of an exchange placeholder course until closer to the departure date in the event travel is not possible
Students who are still pursuing exchange, affiliate provider, and independent study programs should notify Education Abroad of their decision by emailing tcabroad@tamu.edu.
 

Voluntary withdrawal

If you choose to cancel your participation in an exchange, affiliate provider, or independent study program, or defer your experience to a future term, please do the following:
  • For provider programs, 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: 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 fall.
  • 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 program. If you wish to defer your provider program, let us know the new term you intend to go abroad and we’ll update your application in the portal accordingly. If you wish to defer your exchange program, let us know your desired term and we’ll help you liaise with our exchange partner to see this can be accommodated.
 

Future Education Abroad Programs

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) the World Health Organization (WHO), and the U.S. Department of State.
 
Although state and federal restrictions are being loosened, the global threat posed by COVID-19 still remains high. Decisions about programs departing on or after Dec. 1, 2020 – including Winter and Spring 2021 programs – will be made on Sept. 15.
 
Important Spring 2021 Program Deadlines
  • 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!

Education Abroad is open for limited, appointment-based advising and services. Our staff is here and ready to serve you, however, visitors will not be allowed to enter without a scheduled appointment. Here’s how you can schedule yours:
 
VIRTUAL
Avoid coming in and schedule a virtual appointment that will be conducted over Zoom during normal business hours. Visit our Meet with an Advisor page to select an advisor and schedule a time.
 
IN-PERSON
By appointment only. A face mask will be required. To schedule an appointment, please call 979-845-0544 or email abroad@tamu.edu

DOCUMENT DROP-OFF
If just needing to drop off a document, a drop-off box is located outside of our office door at Pavilion 112 - no appointment required. You will receive an email confirmation that your document has been received.
 

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.

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