Off-Campus Study - Spring 2021
The applications cycle for spring 2021 off campus study programs has now closed. Our office is availble to assist you and you prepare for your semester abroad. We will also update this website with resources and additional information.
We have created a list of frequently asked questions regarding studying off campus for the spring 2021 semester. We will continue to update this list as we have more information.
The office of Off-Campus Study & Exchanges is advising remotely until further notice. Here you can find links to our daily walk-in advising, schedule an appointment, and watch videos on the advising and application process.
Off-Campus Study & Exchanges would like to highlight the following pre-departure tips for spring 2021. OCSE and programs will provide additional pre-departure advice and materials prior to departure.
- Book with a travel agent. OCSE recommends booking with travel agent and/or specialist group. These professionals provide an extra level of support than booking directly with airlines or an online travel agency.
- Airline and Airport policies related to COVID-19. Before booking a flight, inquire about the airline and/or airport policies and procedures (i.e., mask requirements, temperature screening, required forms, middle seat occupancy, etc.). It is important to set expectations and be prepared for newly implemented requirements for travel.
- Direct flights. Consider flights without connections/change of planes or limit the number of connections. This will limit the need to adhere to multiple airport policies and minimize contact with other travelers.
- Purchase a refundable/changeable airline ticket since travel plans may change quickly or unexpectedly.
- Meet with your doctor. Consider scheduling a pre-trip medical clearance visit with your personal physician to discuss your health and address any concerns. Discuss how to mitigate risks, recommendations on vaccinations including influenza, obtaining antibiotic prophylactics and general advice on optimizing your health.
- Research where you can get a COVID-19 test. Since several countries have instituted a requirement of a negative COVID-19 test prior to entry into their country, you should begin researching a testing facility near you where you can have the test administered in the required timeframe. Please contact your program to confirm the specific testing requirements for your country of study.
- Prescription Medications. Ensure that you have an adequate supply of any prescription medication for the semester. Consult your medical insurer to determine if you can obtain an additional supply of prescription medications, approximately 4 weeks past end of program date, should a need to shelter in place arise.
- Purchase several cloth face masks for use onsite. Neck gaiters are reportedly less effective than cloth masks in blocking respiratory droplets. Additionally, some countries have prohibited the use of bandanas.
- Bring your own first aid kit; as such, items can be in short supply in your host country (masks, hand sanitizer, disposable gloves, over-the-counter medications, bandages, topical antiseptic cleaner, etc.)
- Consider bringing your own supply of cleaning products, such as antibacterial wipes, as these items may be difficult to find or in short supply in your country of study.
- OCSE recommends that parents/guardians possess a passport that is valid 6 months after the end date of the student program in the event they must travel due to an emergency onsite. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been a significant reduction in passport processing by the U.S. Department of State. If there is a need to renew or apply for a passport, the recommendation is to do so as soon as possible. Please consult the Department of State website for more information on the application and/or renewal process.
- Review your Parent/Legal Guardian Contact authorizations submitted at the time of application to ensure that OCSE can communicate with them during the spring 2021 semester.