CORONAVIRUS UPDATES AS OF MAR. 16, 2020
Texas A&M Education Abroad program cancelations for Spring
Given the increased spread of the global COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, Texas A&M University and Education Abroad are issuing a recall of ALL students currently studying abroad. Regardless of the international location, all students, faculty, and staff need to return as soon as realistically possible.
Affiliate provider and exchange programs, and independent travelers for Spring
Students who are on affiliate provider or exchange programs that have NOT been canceled by their host institution or program provider are encouraged to return home. If the affiliate provider or exchange program has been canceled, students must return home unless given express permission to stay. All affiliate provider and exchange students must contact their program coordinator abroad to determine if completing coursework remotely is a possibility. Then, update your Texas A&M academic advisor if continuing coursework online is not possible. Your department is best equipped to answer questions about the academic impact of returning from your abroad program.
Protocols for returning students
- All students must notify Education Abroad of their return date and itinerary.
- New federal travel regulations are routing travelers from Europe and other areas that have been designated as Level 3 by the CDC for COVID-19 through a specific set of 13 U.S. airports. These airports are: Boston (BOS), Miami (MIA), New York City (JFK), Chicago (ORD), San Francisco (SFO), Seattle (SEA), Los Angeles (LAX), Atlanta (ATL), Honolulu (HNL), Newark (EWR), Dallas (DFW), Detroit (DTW) or Washington, D.C. (IAD).
- Anyone returning from ANY international destination who arrives and clears customs at any of the above-listed airports should consider themselves as having returned from an area designated as Level 3 for COVID-19 and must self-isolate for 14 days after their arrival before returning to campus.
- Texas A&M has created a mandatory reporting portal for all students, faculty, and staff traveling from or through any location that's been designated as Level 1, 2 or 3 by the CDC for COVID-19, Qatar, or any country in Europe. The registration is required for both personal and university business travel before leaving or immediately upon return.
- If students who are under self-isolation need to retrieve belongings from their residence hall, they should identify a person with who they have not had contact. Please contact the Maggie Guzman with the Department of Residence Life at firstname.lastname@example.org to make those arrangements.
- Please visit Texas A&M University COVID-19 FAQ page for more information on how Texas A&M is responding to COVID-19.
Future Education Abroad programs (May, June, July)
All TAMU-sponsored trips with a departure date on or before June 1, 2020, no matter the destination, have been canceled.
The status of June and July programs are being discussed, and an announcement will be made about those programs by the end of this week. Colleges, departments, faculty, and students are being notified.
Students on faculty-led programs departing on or before June 1, 2020 should not purchase flights. We advise students to contact their airline carriers to change, refund, or receive a credit for their international flight if already purchased.
Education Abroad Fees
If Education Abroad has posted any program fees or administrative fees to student accounts for Texas A&M sponsored programs departing on or before June 1, 2020, those charges will be reversed. We will do our best to manage this process swiftly. We are aware that some students have a payment due date of March 20, 2020. If your program is not coordinated out of the Education Abroad office, please contact your host institution, affiliate provider, or the TAMU department sponsoring your program for questions related to finances.
Fall Education Abroad programs
At this time, fall trips have not been canceled; however, Education Abroad highly encourages students to avoid purchasing flights or making payments towards any program until it is confirmed that the trip will occur.
The Passport Office within Education Abroad will honor appointments set for today, Monday, March 16, and will close operations beginning on Tuesday, March 17, and will remain closed through March 22. This closure may be extended based on further guidance from the Texas A&M University System.