Coronavirus Updates & Student Resources
We are planning for 2020-21 programs to proceed abroad. Learn more about how we are preparing for our students to enjoy a safe and meaningful experience overseas. You can also find a variety of helpful COVID-19 resources for students and families below.
Preparing to Study Abroad in 2020-21
The world has changed in 2020 and USAC has made enhancements to our study abroad programs to accommodate studying abroad in a COVID-19 world. Plans for all programs are proceeding and efforts are being made to ensure that students will be able to enjoy safe and meaningful experiences while abroad. While safety and health have always been a top priority for USAC, we are increasing our efforts and measures due to the current global situation.
Some specific, new measures include:
- A new pre-departure health and safety webinar that will focus on COVID-19 prevention measures.
- Training for program site staff to ensure that the latest CDC, WHO, and local guidelines are followed.
- Efforts to place students in single rooms where possible. We will also minimize homestays for the upcoming semester, where possible.
- Comprehensive on-site orientation that focuses on USAC and host country guidelines and restrictions for each program site, program activities, type of housing, and host university.
- In many cases, shorter (condensed) fall program session to eliminate the need for student visas.
- Encouraging students to limit independent travel and focus on exploring areas in and around program locations.
- Strict adherence to disinfection and cleaning recommendations in USAC common areas and program housing.
- Strict adherence to social distancing guidelines in classrooms and during all USAC activities.
- Identification of locations for students to self-isolate in case of COVID-19 infection.
- Revised contingency plans in case of a resurgence of COVID-19 at any program location.
- Ability to seamlessly move to online courses for all or part of the semester.
To ensure academic continuity in case of an unexpected change of plans at program sites, the following options are being developed:
- Plan A – Fall semester conducted entirely onsite with shortened calendar in many locations.
- Plan B – Hybrid: Fall semester starts as planned, and later moves online, if need arises.
- Plan C – Conduct semester fully online (this decision will be determined by mid-July). Some courses that are taught across multiple locations would likely be combined at that point. A separate, lower program fee would be determined for this option.
You can also find the most current U.S. and global coronavirus updates and travel advisories here:
If you need to contact the Health and Safety team for any reason, please email email@example.com.