Study Abroad program status

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We understand that there is uncertainty surrounding this ongoing situation, and our team is working to keep students updated as more information becomes available. We are directly assisting students, faculty and staff who are traveling or have plans for international travel for university-approved educational or business reasons. 

Please feel free to reach out to the OIED staff with any specific questions or concerns. Our contact information is here.

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October 6, 2020 Message to Campus

Dear Campus Colleagues,

Greetings from OIED! I hope this message finds you well during these unprecedented times.

I am writing to let you know that, in consultation with Interim Provost Heather Norris, we have made the difficult decision to cancel all education abroad programming for the Spring 2021 semester.

Please know that we did not make this decision lightly. The health and safety of our students is of utmost importance. We took into careful consideration several important factors including the elevated travel warnings of individual countries issued by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention and the U.S. Department of State, the continued rise in COVID-19 related cases abroad and in the U.S., the related increased health, safety and risk concerns for our students, and the unreliable infrastructure capacity worldwide to respond to the pandemic.

We are working with our students to plan for future study abroad opportunities once it is prudent for them to travel. Additionally, we are working with individual departments that have a required study abroad component to develop alternatives for their graduating students.

We will continue to monitor the situation and make decisions accordingly. Please do not hesitate to reach out should you have any questions regarding this decision.

Please stay safe and healthy!

Warm regards,

Jesse


Suspended and cancelled programs:

SEMESTER PROGRAMS:

As of September 2020, all spring 2021 semester programs

As of 5/26/20, all fall 2020 semester programs

As of 3/15/20, all spring 2020 semester programs 

As of 3/18/20, all summer 2020 semester programs

FACULTY-LED PROGRAMS:

As of 3/13/20, all late-spring and summer 2020 faculty-led programs 

SUMMER PROGRAMS:

As of 3/17/2020, all summer programs (partner/affiliate, international internship, international independent studies)

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OLDER UPDATES

Temporary International Travel Policy Change

As of 3/2/2020, Appalachian State University will use the U.S. CDC Level 2 Travel Warning to make determinations to suspend an education abroad program or prohibit international travel for faculty and staff. Under this temporary threshold, the University Travel Warning Policy will be suspended. University personnel will not be reimbursed for travels to these areas.

CHINA:

As of 1/31/20, all spring and summer 2020 study abroad programs 

SOUTH KOREA:

As of 2/28/20, all spring and summer 2020 study abroad programs

ITALY: 

As of 2/28/20, all spring and summer 2020 study abroad programs

JAPAN:

As of 3/2/2020, all spring 2020 study abroad programs

EUROPE SCHENGEN (Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.):

As of 3/12/2020, all spring 2020 study abroad programs

All other programs are operating as planned. Students may progress as normal through the post-acceptance process. Should this change, we will reach out directly to the affected students. All students are encouraged to discuss their decisions to study abroad with our office AND also with their families.


International Student Recommendations:

On 3/13/20, ISSSO reached out to each international student on campus by email with next steps and resources as Appalachian classes move online for the time being. Please email ISSSO@appstate.edu with any additional questions or concerns. 

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OLDER UPDATES:

CHINA:

As of 2/28/2020, international students and scholars planning travel to China in the near future should consult with the International Student and Scholar Services and Outreach staff before finalizing travel plans. Our contact information is here.

ITALY:

As of 2/28/2020, international students and scholars planning travel to Italy in the near future should consult with the International Student and Scholar Services and Outreach staff before finalizing travel plans. Our contact information is here.

JAPAN:

As of 2/28/2020, international students and scholars planning travel to Japan in the near future should consult with the International Student and Scholar Services and Outreach staff before finalizing travel plans. Our contact information is here.

SOUTH KOREA:
As of 2/28/2020, international students and scholars planning travel to South Korea in the near future should consult with the International Student and Scholar Services and Outreach staff before finalizing travel plans. Our contact information is here.

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