We understand that students and families have many questions regarding the status of study abroad as the global COVID-19 situation rapidly evolves. The health and safety of our students and faculty is our utmost priority. The Office of International Studies and Programs (OISP) will be in contact with students today via email with more information about how recent developments will impact study abroad experiences.
Effective March 16, all international travel is suspended until further notice and all summer 2020 study abroad programs and international internships are cancelled.
In general, it is always a student’s choice to return home from a study abroad program at any time. However, based on CDC travel advisories the University is restricting university related travel by faculty, staff, and students to CDC Travel Notice 2 or 3 nations. Countries currently at Level 2 or higher include China, Japan, Iran, Italy, and South Korea. Students in spring study abroad programs in Italy and Japan have been strongly encouraged to return home. For these students, if the host University/program is not offering academic alternatives, Illinois State will make every effort to assist students with academic alternatives. Not every student is in the same academic situation so the University will work on a case-by-case basis to determine appropriate options.
If a student is considering returning home voluntarily, it is recommended that they contact their academic advisors at ISU and their host institution to discuss academic options and impacts before making a final decision. Please understand that if a student chooses to return home from their study abroad, this will be at the student’s expense, unless the University has specifically communicated otherwise. As flights are self-booked, the student can assess if their return flights can be modified.
As always, faculty, staff, and students who travel internationally should complete the Travel Notification form provided by University Risk Management. The notification facilitates the University's ability to access and timely deploy emergency resources and support. Availability of these emergency resources may be limited in international destinations subject to travel warnings, sanctions, or other unpredictable circumstances. The University does not guarantee availability of resources.
In addition to completing the notice you will have an opportunity to briefly sign up for the U.S. State Department’s Safe Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). When you enroll in this program the U.S. State Department will send you text alerts related to travel safety and security. The text alerts will automatically cease when your travel ends.</p