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Coronavirus Updates & Student Resources

COVID-19 Vaccinations & USAC Programs

Since health and safety is our highest priority, USAC will be requiring all students enrolled in our on-site, in-person programs to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 starting with the January and Spring 2022 terms. This will not impact students enrolled for Fall 2021 sessions (unless in a location requiring the vaccination) nor virtual Global Perspectives Virtual Internships. Find additional information below in our FAQs:

COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement FAQs

What vaccination documentation will be requested?   
Students will submit a digital copy of the official CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Card to health@usac.edu. The deadline for 2022 student submission is Oct. 15, 2021. We will continue to accept vaccination cards for those students who apply for January/Spring 2022 programs after Oct. 15. Please send in your vaccination card as soon as possible after applying.

If you are not a U.S. citizen, or do not have access to a U.S.-approved vaccine, please contact us at health@usac.edu.

To complete the vaccination process in time, we strongly recommend students get their first dose (if receiving a two-dose vaccine) as soon as possible.

Following are some options for finding a vaccine provider:

  • Your university’s student health center
  • Your local county health department
  • Federal pharmacy partners
  • Your personal physician
  • Vaccines.gov
  • Call (800) 232-0233
  • Text your zip code to 438829 for nearby locations

Will booster shots be required?   

While USAC highly recommends eligible students receive their booster shot when they are available, it is not a requirement for enrollment at this time unless required by the program host country. We will continue to monitor the CDC's guidance on booster shots as it is available, and provide updates to our policy as necessary.

Are any exemptions allowed? 
Students requesting exemption due to documented medical or religious reasons should contact us at health@usac.edu for the Request for Vaccination Exemption form. The deadline for submission is Oct. 15, 2021. Exemption requests will no longer be considered after Oct. 15, 2021 for the January/Spring 2022 terms.

Each request for exemption will be reviewed by USAC’s Health and Safety team. When a host country, location, or host university requires vaccination (with no exemptions), USAC may not be able to extend an exemption.

  • For medical exemption requests: We will require a letter from a treating physician stating that it is medically not advised for the student to be vaccinated. Please note: Past COVID-19 infection is not a medical condition that would justify exemption from vaccination.
  • For religious exemption requests: We will require a letter from the student’s authorized religious leader stating that the vaccine is counter to the student’s religious practice.

Please be prepared for possible exclusion from certain program activities, access to places of business, and additional on-site expenses due to non-vaccinated status, for example, required testing.

Will the vaccination be required of Yearlong students (Fall 2021-Spring 2022)?
Yes, in order to participate in the Spring 2022 session, students will be required to be vaccinated.  

Who can I contact for more information?
If you have questions or would like more information regarding this new requirement, please email health@usac.edu.

 To complete the vaccination process in time, we strongly recommend students get their first dose (if receiving a two-dose vaccine) as soon as possible. 

Preparing to Study Abroad in 2022

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.

You can email us at health@usac.edu with your pre-departure study abroad and health questions.

Some specific, new measures include:

  • A 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 our upcoming sessions and semesters, 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.
  • 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 local guidelines regarding social distancing and face coverings 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.
  • For Specialty Programs, ability to seamlessly move to online courses for all or part of the semester.
  • Site-specific COVID-19 guidelines that provide details regarding housing, academics, travel, and managing COVID-19 symptoms and illness.
  • All students sign a COVID-19 pledge to act responsibly while abroad.
  • All USAC programs will require COVID-19 vaccinations starting in January 2022.

Coronavirus Resources for Students and Parents

You can 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 safetyabroad@usac.edu.