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Guidance for Institutions of Higher Education with Students Participating in International Travel or Study Abroad Programs

Guidance for Institutions of Higher Education with Students Participating in International Travel or Study Abroad Programs

This guidance is for Institutes of Higher Education with international travel or study abroad programs.

Consider postponing or canceling student international travel programs

Given the COVID-19 pandemic, Institutes of Higher Education (IHE) should consider postponing or canceling upcoming student international travel programs. Those overseeing student international travel programs should be aware that students may face unpredictable circumstances, such as travel restrictions, challenges returning home, and challenges accessing health care while abroad.

If IHEs choose to continue student international travel programs, they should  evaluate the risks in the host country by checking CDC’s COVID-19 Travel Health Notices by Destination and The U.S. Department of State’s Travel advisoriesexternal icon. They can also check with the destination’s Office of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Health, and the U.S. Department of State about COVID-19-specific entry requirements, such as COVID-19 testing and quarantine.