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Important Notes for All Considering Study Abroad in 2022-2023!

Passport Processing Times
At this time (March 2022), the U.S. State Department indicates that standard passport processing time is up to 11 weeks; expedited processing of 5-7 weeks is available at additional cost. If you are applying for a Winterim or Spring 2023 program and you do not have a passport that will be valid for six months after the end of your intended program, plan to apply or renew  as soon as you are accepted to a program.

COVID-19 Vaccination
Many countries, airlines, and study abroad programs are requiring proof of vaccination as a condition of entry or program participation. The CIE strongly encourages vaccination as it protects you as well as your fellow travelers and host country nationals with whom you will interact during your time abroad. Currently, we are aware of the following programs that have a vaccination and/or testing requirement for participation:
 
  • Australia, Melbourne (USAC):  Vaccination required.
  • Brazil, Florianopolis (USAC) Vaccination required.
  • China, Chengdu: Vaccination required.
  • Chile, PUCV: Vaccination required
  • Costa Rica, Heredia and San Ramon (USAC): Vaccination required.
  • Czech Republic, Prague (USAC): Vaccination required.
  • England (United Kingdom), Harlaxton College: Vaccination required.
  • France, Lyon and Pau (USAC): Vaccination required.
  • Israel, Haifa (USAC): Vaccination required.
  • Italy, LdM:  Vaccination required to avoid quarantine upon arrival.  If not vaccinated, 5 day quarantine and regular testing (every 48 hours) is required at student expense.
  • Italy, Reggio Emilia (USAC) Vaccination required.
  • Japan, Kansai Gaidai University: Dorms will require proof of vaccination or regular testing (at the students’ expense, cost ~$50 per test) effective January 2022. Vaccination required to live with host families.
  • New Zealand (USAC): Vaccination required. 
  • South Korea: Gwangju and Seoul (USAC): Vaccination required.
  • Spain, Bilbao and Valencia (USAC): Vaccination required.
  • Spain, Valladolid: Vaccination required to enter country without student visa.  (Summer and fall students cannot get student visas and therefore must be vaccinated.) Vaccination required to live with host family any term.
  • Thailand, Chiang Mai (USAC): Vaccination required. 

A growing number of countries are also requiring proof of vaccination, COVID recovery, or negative test to participate in daily activities such as eating in a restaurant/bar or entering any type of public space (museums, schools, tourist attractions, etc.), and/or requiring the use a COVID notification app.  

Booster Shot Requirements
Several countries are also announcing booster shot requirements for vaccinated travelers.  We strongly recommend that you get a booster shot prior to departure for your host country.  If you do not, and your vaccine card “expires” while you are abroad, per your host country’s guidelines, you may be subject to all requirements for unvaccinated travelers in the country.
 
Stay on Top of Entry Requirements
Entry requirements and COVID regulations continue to change rapidly in many places.  Please keep a close eye on the requirements for your host country.  Research and monitor your country and program requirements.

The U.S. Embassy is a good source for the country(ies) you’re visiting, as are the Centers for Disease Control. and US Department of State websites to stay up-to-date on changes.

For program specific requirements, please read all of your program materials and communication from your host organization carefully.
 
Although the CIE is here to assist you, it is your responsibility to understand and abide by the vaccination requirements (including acceptable vaccine types and verification methods) for your specific program and location(s) and any country you may travel through or visit during your time abroad. Note that restrictions and regulations may change at any time. Any related delays, penalties, quarantines, program status changes or cancellations, and associated costs are your responsibility.
 
You may be required to show your COVID-19 vaccination record card when abroad; you should also have copies available as a back-up.


Center for International Education COVID-19 Information

Note: this information does not apply to programs run through the Intercultural Immersions Office

Overview

COVID-19 has significantly impacted outward mobility for UW-Eau Claire study abroad students, but the situation is improving.  Students are studying on 20 programs in 11 countries during Spring 2022!
 

Suspension decisions are based on the following:

  • The U.S. Department of State travel advisories
    • Level 3 & 4 require review; Level 4 for a reason other than COVID is typically a suspension. Most countries we send students to are currently at Level 3 or Level 4
  • The U.S. Center for Disease Control Levels
  • Continuing uncertainties related to passport and visa processing
  • Several U.S. Embassies abroad warning that future travel restrictions may be imposed with little notice
  • Restricted travel to/from the U.S., with limited flights servicing many countries
  • Entry bans or quarantine requirements upon arrival to host countries due to number of cases in the U.S.
  • Uncertainty surrounding host university calendar, mode of delivery or other COVID-related issues

As the situation continues to evolve daily, we are closely monitoring program locations and travel accessibility of U.S. citizens. If future terms are suspended, students will be emailed and given options for how to proceed. We will continue to update this page as we have more information. We encourage students to continue planning for future teams. Our staff is available for virtual advising to assist in answering any questions you may have. 
 

CIE Program Status Summary:

Summer 2022 Study Abroad Mobility:
  • CIE programs in Costa Rica, Czech Republic, France, Ireland, Italy, South Korea, Spain, Thailand and the United Kingdom (England and Scotland) have been approved to run.
  • The program in Brazil was suspended by our partner organization; the program in Mexico was suspended due to uncertainty about the mode of instruction.
Fall 2022 Study Abroad Mobility:
All Fall 2022 programs with accepted students have been approved to run, with the following exceptions:
  • USAC China and New Zealand have been suspended by USAC due to delayed visa processing. 
  • Southern Cross University announced that it would not be accepting students on the Lismore campus for Fall 2022 due to the catastrophic flooding in the city/region. 


COVID-19 FAQ:

What is UW-Eau Claire doing to manage the situation?
We are monitoring the situation abroad in conjunction with the UW-Eau Claire Office of Risk Management and Safety, UW System Administration, and our partners abroad. In particular, UW-Eau Claire looks to official government sources, such as travel advisories from the U.S. Department of State and travel warnings from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), when considering program safety.
 
We are also monitoring which countries have restricted travel to/from the U.S. and/or if U.S. travelers face entry bans or quarantine requirements upon arrival in their host country. 

Are you going to cancel my program?
UW-Eau Claire considers the U.S. Department of State travel advisories and the Center for Disease Control travel warnings when reviewing program safety. A Level 3 or 4- U.S. State Department or CDC travel advisory would prompt review by the UW-Eau Claire Travel Risk Committee, which includes the UW-Eau Claire risk management office, faculty/staff with study abroad expertise, and staff from the Student Health Services. If a decision to cancel a program were made, UW-Eau Claire would contact students directly about the decision and next steps.
 
Have you canceled programs?
See the above Status Summary section for more details. 

What refunds are available? 
Please see our "Understanding Program Costs" to review UWEC's Withdrawal & Cancellation Refund Policies. 

Should I book airfare?
No. You should not book your flights until UWEC has made a decision as to whether or not programs will run. Any costs associated with flights, including original booking fees, change and cancellation fees, are your responsibility.