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Study Abroad COVID-19 FAQ's
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For more information regarding USD COVID-19 updates, please visit the website: https://www.sandiego.edu/alert/
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STUDY ABROAD COVID-19 IMPLICATIONS
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While we remain hopeful that the global pandemic situation improves, we cannot guarantee that things will not change between now and the time our study abroad programs begin. Therefore, we advise applicants to:
1. Register for on-campus USD courses for the upcoming term in the event your study abroad program is cancelled by USD or by the partner institution. Note: USD Intersession 2022 on-campus course registration begins October 4, 2021. USD Spring 2022 on-campus course registration begins on November 1, 2021.
2. Pay attention to payment deadlines.Study abroad students will pay USD for tuition and the application fee. However, students going abroad for a semester will be paying the partner institution for housing and any additional fees. Students should be aware of those fees and payment deadlines as well as the refund policies of both USD and the partner institution.
3. Understand that students will be held to entry requirements of the host country and these details will be shared by the partner institution.
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Semester ProgramsWhen will I know if my program is definitely happening?The COVID-19 situation is fluid and therefore changes may be made at any time. USD will keep all students informed but students should understand that a program may be cancelled by USD or by a host university/partner if deemed unsafe to continue.
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When will I have to pay tuition?Tuition (12-18 units) is paid directly to USD. Students will be billed via USD Student Accounts. Tuition payment is due in full 10 days prior to the program start date.
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When will I have to pay my program fee?For more information about payments, please visit the FINANCING part of our website.
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Are the updated US Department of State Travel Advisories affecting study abroad programming?The US Department of State (DOS) recently changed their travel advisories on April 20 and 21, 2021 so that now 80% of all countries have a Level 4, Do Not Travel, advisory associated with them. These advisory level changes were made so that the DOS advisories align more closely with the Center for Disease Control (CDC) advisories. As such, the International Center will be conducting more granular analyses and will supplement the health risk for COVID-19 together with information from other reputable sources. USD also reviews, very carefully, the procedures and policies our partner universities have with regards to COVID-19 and any other risks, to match or surpass USD’s policies and procedures. For more details, please read the USD International Affairs Statement on US State Department Travel Advisories.
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Is the COVID-19 vaccine required to study abroad for a semester?Yes. All students who are studying abroad will be required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 prior to departure. Students will need to upload documentation of a vaccine card into the study abroad portal. As stated in President Harris' message, USD "aspires to not only care for our Torero family, but also to care for our common home" which, in your case, will be your host country. Additionally, while abroad you will attend in-person courses and live in shared housing accommodations. It is important we consider our impact on the larger world community and we sincerely hope that vaccinations and other preventative measures help the world to emerge from this pandemic in the near future. 
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If my program is canceled, will I be refunded the program fee?Yes, if USD or the host university/partner cancels the program you are enrolled in, you will be refunded the program fee. However, if you cancel your participation on your own, you will still be responsible for the program fee according to the billing deadlines.
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If my program is canceled, can my application be deferred to a future term or will I have to fill out a new application?Yes, if your first choice program is cancelled and you are interested in switching to study abroad in a future term, please contact your study abroad advisor.
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Will I be covered under USD Health Insurance abroad if I get Coronavirus?Yes. Medical benefits through USD's international insurance provide coverage abroad even if student contracts Coronavirus
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Can I apply for two programs if my first choice is cancelled? No, the online application system only allows for one application to be opened at a time. If your first choice program is cancelled, however, you will be able to work with your study abroad coordinator about a second choice option.
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I will be a rising senior and want to study abroad for a semester during my last year at USD. Is this allowed?Typically, USD affiliated Study Abroad programs are considered "on campus" because they are partnered with USD and the courses that will transfer from that semester will show as USD courses on your transcript. Due to each student's academic and graduation requirements being unique, we encourage you to reach out to your Academic Advisor and Study Abroad Advisor to discuss options for your course schedule abroad at an international university during your final semester.
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Short-term ProgramsIs USD offering short-term, study abroad courses in Intersession 2022?We remain very optimistic that we will be able to offer our exciting short-term, faculty-led programs again in Intersession 2022. Visit the Intersession 2022 study abroad webpage for all details.
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Is USD offering short-term, study abroad courses in Summer 2022?USD plans to offer short-term, faculty-led programs in Summer 2022. For a list of Summer 2022 programs, please visit our Summer 2022 study abroad webpage.
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Is the COVID-19 vaccine required to study abroad for a short-term program?Yes. All students who are studying abroad will be required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 prior to departure. Students will need to upload documentation of a vaccine card into the study abroad portal. As stated in President Harris' message, USD "aspires to not only care for our Torero family, but also to care for our common home" which, in your case, will be your host country. Additionally, while abroad you will attend in-person courses and live in shared housing accommodations. It is important we consider our impact on the larger world community and we sincerely hope that vaccinations and other preventative measures help the world to emerge from this pandemic in the near future. In some countries, unvaccinated individuals will not be let in for short-term travel purposes.
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Are the updated US Department of State Travel Advisories affecting study abroad programming?The US Department of State (DOS) changed their travel advisories on April 20 and 21, 2021 so that now 80% of all countries have a Level 4, Do Not Travel, advisory associated with them. These advisory level changes were made so that the DOS advisories align more closely with the Center for Disease Control (CDC) advisories. As such, the International Center will be conducting more granular analyses and will supplement the health risk for COVID-19 together with information from other reputable sources. USD also reviews, very carefully, the procedures and policies our partner universities have with regards to COVID-19 and any other risks, to match or surpass USD’s policies and procedures. For more details, please read the USD International Affairs Statement on US State Department Travel Advisories.
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Passports, Visas, and Travel I am not in San Diego. How do I apply for my visa to study abroad?Visa requirements and processes vary by country; however, it is the students responsibility to schedule a visa appointment in the jurisdiction of their residence. At this time, all students requiring an in-person visa appointment should schedule visa appointments ASAP. These appointments are free to schedule or cancel. If you have specific questions about your visa, please contact your Study Abroad Coordinator.
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I am planning to study abroad and do not have a passport (or my passport is expiring soon). My program requires a visa and I need my new passport. I must apply for a new passport in person because I applied for my current passport when I was younger than 16. I know I need to apply for a new passport ASAP, but cannot apply in person due to the stay-at-home order. What should I do?Students are advised to continue to monitor information on the US State Department web site regarding passport applications. The US State Department is aware of the questions related to study abroad programs and will update their web site as soon as decisions are made.
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I am planning to study abroad in Spring 2022 programs, should I proceed with my visa application or not?Applicants will receive detailed communication from the USD International Center as soon as more information is available. If you have an open application for Spring 2022 you will receive ongoing communication from the study abroad office regarding the status of your program abroad.
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AcademicsShould I register for Spring 2022 on-campus courses in case Spring study abroad programs need to be canceled?Yes. All study abroad applicants should continue to register for Spring 2022 USD on-campus courses. Students are encouraged to work closely with their academic advisor to determine possibly two academic plans for the Spring - one that includes on-campus courses and one that includes study abroad courses.
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GeneralIs the International Office still open? Who do I contact with questions about study abroad?The USD International Center Office is open and we look forward to seeing you on campus. Advisors are available for in person, phone or video meetings. Contact our office via email at: internationalstudies@sandiego.edu
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How is study abroad going to work with COVID-19?Students will be expected to follow social distancing and public health rules of the host country and host university abroad. Ultimately, it is the student and their family's decision whether or not studying abroad is the right choice for them.
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How do I attend a Study Abroad 101 session or a Spotlight Series session?All information sessions have been made accessible online; for more information, please visit the EVENTS part of our website.
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