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The Center for Global Education has been working remotely since March 16, 2020.  We are able to continue providing services and support to students, scholars, and departments virtually.

Office of International Students and Scholars:   Visit the OISS Operations During COVID-19 website for hours and services.  Visit the OISS COVID-19 Messages and FAQ's for more information.

Office of Study Abroad: Visit OSA Advising Resources to make an appointment with a study abroad advisor. Visit COVID-19 Updates for the communications regarding the impact of COVID-19 on Tulane Study Abroad.

English for Academic and Professional Purposes: EAPP is committed to excellence in teaching and learning. We have moved to online teaching and are monitoring developments related to the coronavirus (COVID-19).

COVID-19 Updates

All communications from the NTC Office of Study Abroad to students are available below. For information on the continuity of operations for the Office of Study Abroad during COVID-19, please visit here.

 

Fall Updates Webinar (5/14/20)

The Zoom recording for the webinar is available here. 

Fall Study Abroad Updates (4/27/20)

Dear Study Abroad Fall 2020 Student:
 
The Newcomb-Tulane College Office of Study Abroad sincerely hopes that you are settling into a routine as you begin to prepare for final exams. We know that you are experiencing much uncertainty and ambiguity right now for your upcoming Fall study abroad semester.

Please know that OSA is currently working closely in coordination with your study abroad programs, host institutions, the Office of Emergency Preparedness and Response, and the Office of the Provost to provide as much information as possible regarding your options for study abroad for Fall 2020. The university will make a final determination about fall study abroad by early June.  We continue to hope that study abroad will be possible for Tulane students in Fall 2020, though we expect that the realities of COVID-19 will continue to be present at home and abroad.

Program Continuance and Term Flexibility: OSA understands that it is difficult dealing with the ambiguity of the Fall semester. Please be reminded that Tulane’s OSA has waived any financial penalties and barriers for students that would like to postpone study abroad to Spring 2021 or beyond or to cancel completely. Study abroad providers and host institutions have also made similar adjustments to their refund and cancellation policies. Students interested in deferring or cancelling should reach out to their study abroad advisor as well as to their program provider or host institution to communicate their plans. In the case of a deferral of your Tulane application, there is no need to reapply.

Delays in Application Processing: At this time our office is not signing home school nominations or providing visa letters for study abroad in light of the global travel advisory issued by the CDC. You can still complete your secondary application to your program of choice. Your spot on the program will remain reserved. However, your host institution or provider will likely await the home school nomination before issuing final acceptance as this form indicates that Tulane authorizes your participation in the program. Processing of these forms will remain on hold while Newcomb Tulane College Office of Study Abroad considers the safest course of action for Fall 2020 in all of our program locations.

Deciding if a Deferral is Right for You:  While unfortunately we don’t have definitive and consistent guidance for all students, the following are factors that every student should take into consideration when deciding if deferring to another semester may be right for them.

  • What is your level of tolerance for program ambiguity as we move closer to the start of the Fall term and beyond? Tulane has yet to make a final decision on continuance of Fall programs, and students should realize they will also be awaiting a response from their chosen program or host institution. Different programs will have varying timelines for rendering final decisions on continuance or cancellation. Students should also be aware that a level of uncertainty will likely persist beyond their program start date—as the Spring 2020 semester has taught us, cancellations could happen at the last moment or even after arrival onsite.
  • What are the local COVID-19 conditions and what is your willingness to follow program or host institution protocols around mandated quarantines or self-isolation should a pandemic plan become necessary during your study abroad semester? Students should consider the possibility of encountering an emergency situation abroad or encountering host country health mandates which will vary widely depending on your intended destination.
  • What is your host institution’s academic continuity plan? OSA will determine that all study abroad programs have an academic continuity plan as part of their overall pandemic emergency preparedness plan. However, students should remain in close contact with their program, paying attention to stated contingency plans about academics and potential quarantine scenarios. It may be possible that not all courses would remain available to you online in the case of an extended closure, or in the event of a second wave of the virus.
  • What are my expectations/goals for my semester abroad and will a modified program structure meet them? You can expect that any program that runs during the Fall semester will be “localized” due to the realities of COVID-19. You will likely experience restricted mobility:  weekend travel both in and outside of your host country may be limited, organized group trips may be minimal, housing arrangements may be altered to ensure student safety and proper social distancing.
  • What is the refund policy of your program provider/host institution? Become familiar with the  deadline set by your program/host institution for receiving a refund on your program fee should you decide that you do not want to travel or if you decide to depart the program early. Students should also consider refund policies for room and board and flight purchases made independently of the program.
  • How might my program be altered by COVID?  Some programs may be delayed due to suspensions in visa issuance, which may mean that your time abroad will be shortened (often to 89 days).  Some programs are considering hybrid learning models where some instruction will be delivered online.   

OSA’s Current Recommendations:  What should I be doing now?

  • Visa Processes:  Many host countries have suspended long-term visa processing in light of the virus. We are currently working with our study abroad partners to identify solutions to these new challenges. If you intend to study abroad during the Fall term, we recommend that you familiarize yourself with the visa process and collect all necessary documents. If possible, students should wait for program confirmation from the Tulane study abroad office and their host institution before applying for your visa.
  • Should I purchase my flight? We recommend that you do not purchase flight tickets at this time. However, if you feel the need to purchase now, it is in your best interest to purchase a refundable ticket and travel insurance.  Please read all airline and travel insurance policies carefully should you decide to book your flight as some policies may not cover cancellations due to COVID-19.
  • What about housing?  We recommend that you do not submit housing deposits until we know the status of Fall 2020 programs. However, housing on some programs is allocated on a first-come first-served basis. If you feel it is in your best interest to apply for housing now, please familiarize yourself with the refund policies in case of program cancellation. 
  • Register for Fall Classes:  Given the exceptional circumstances, students registered to study abroad through a Tulane-approved program will be able to register in April for Fall 2020 on-campus classes as well as for your Fall study abroad program. This allows you to register for Tulane fall classes as if you were not planning to study abroad, while also preserving your study abroad option.  Students will be permitted to register for 31 total credits:  12 study abroad “placeholder” credits and 19 on campus credits.  Once you've decided whether you're studying abroad or not, please drop either the on-campus classes or the study abroad classes, as appropriate.
     

We realize that for many of you, studying abroad in Fall 2020 remains a goal and you may not be deterred the global pandemic.  You may see this as a unique time to experience how the world is coping and managing a global health crisis. We are here to support these intercultural exchanges and global endeavors and will be monitoring to be sure that we are allowing this in a safe way. 


We thank you for your patience and flexibility at this time as the COVID-19 situation unfolds. Should you have any questions or concerns about study abroad for Fall 2020 please do not hesitate to reach out to the Office of Study Abroad or schedule a remote meeting with a study abroad advisor here.
 
Best,
 
Office of Study Abroad

Summer Programs Updates (4/1/20)

CIEE Summer Programs

Dear CIEE Summer Applicant, 

I am sure that the past couple of weeks have been difficult. I hope that you and your family are healthy and safe and that you are slowly settling into a new routine for your course work via remote learning. Unfortunately, due to the CDC and State Department’s global travel advisories issued in light of the evolving COVID-19 situation, all travel for Tulane Summer 2020 study abroad programs has been cancelled.  

I know that this is very disheartening for all of you. If your program switches to a remote learning mode and you would like to participate in this program online, please write to your study abroad advisor or write directly to osa@tulane.edu and we will consider your program on a case-by-case basis. 

The news about the cancellation of summer travel is hard for all of us. The Office of Study Abroad is here for you. Please do not hesitate to reach out should you have any questions.  

Sincerely, 

The Office of Study Abroad

Summer in Dublin

Dear Summer in Dublin Applicants,  

I am sure that the past couple of weeks have been difficult. I hope that you and your family are healthy and safe and that you are slowly settling into a new routine.   

Unfortunately, due to the CDC and State Department’s global travel advisories issued in light of the evolving COVID-19 situation, the Summer in Dublin program has been cancelled for 2020 and postponed until Summer 2021. It is with great sadness that this decision was made. I know that this will be disheartening news for all of you, but please rest assured that the Office of Study Abroad is here for you--please do not hesitate to reach out to me directly should you have any questions or concerns.  

At your earliest convenience, please fill out this survey to inform the Office of Study Abroad if you would like to keep your application open for Summer 2021 or cancel completely, receiving a full refund of your paid deposit. Please reply to this survey by April 6th for consideration. Please fill out the survey rather than simply withdrawing your application in our system as this will help us when keeping track of who has requested a refund.  

For reference, please find below our dates for the 2021 Summer in Dublin program: 

Students arrive Saturday June 12th 

4-day trip- Thursday to Sunday June 17th to 20th 

Students depart Sunday, July 11th 

The news about the cancellation of summer travel is hard for all of us. As your program leaders, Dr. Kelley and I are very sad not to meet you this summer in Ireland, but we hope to be with you for Summer 2021!  

Sincerely, 

Dr. Kelley and Meredith

Non-Tulane Programs

Dear Non-Tulane Summer Applicant, 

I am sure that the past couple of weeks have been difficult. I hope that you and your family are healthy and safe and that you are slowly settling into a new routine for your course work via remote learning. Unfortunately, due to the CDC and State Department global travel advisories issued in light of the evolving COVID-19 situation, all approvals authorizing travel for summer study abroad has been cancelled for summer 2020.  

I know that this is very disheartening for all of you. If your program switches to a remote learning mode and you would like to participate in your program’s course work online, please write to study abroad advisor Joseph Michel jmichel4@tulane.edu to consider your program for remote learning on a case-by-case basis. 

The news about the cancellation of summer travel is hard for all of us. The Office of Study Abroad is here for you. Please do not hesitate to reach out should you have any questions.  

Sincerely, 

Office of Study Abroad 

Summer in Paris

Dear Summer in Paris Applicant, 

I am sure that the past couple of weeks have been difficult. I hope that you and your family are healthy and safe and that you are slowly settling into a new routine for your course work via remote learning. Unfortunately, due to the CDC and State Department’s global travel advisories issued in light of the evolving COVID-19 situation, the Summer in Paris program has been cancelled for 2020 and postponed until summer 2021.

I know that this is very disheartening for all of you. Please fill out this survey to let the Office of Study Abroad know if you would like to keep your application open for Summer 2021 or cancel completely, receiving a full refund of your $300 deposit. There may also be a possibility for taking the coursework of this program online via NTC Summer School in Summer 2020 for interested students. Please reply to this survey by April 6 for consideration. 

The news about the cancellation of summer travel is hard for all of us. The Office of Study Abroad is here for you. Please do not hesitate to reach out should you have any questions.  

As your faculty leader, I am very sad not to meet you this summer but I hope to be with you for summer 2021! 

Sincerely, 

Alexandra Reuber, Michelle Foa, Jeremy Jernegan, Nathalie Dajko and Joseph Michel 

Summer in Senegal

Dear Summer in Senegal Applicant,

I am sure that the past couple of weeks have been difficult. I hope that you and your family are healthy and safe and that you are slowly settling into a new routine for your course work via remote learning. Unfortunately, due to the CDC and State Department’s global travel advisories issued in light of the evolving COVID-19 situation, the Senegal and New Orleans: Atlantic Connections program has been cancelled for 2020 and postponed until summer 2021.

I know that this is very disheartening for all of you. Please fill out this survey to let the Office of Study Abroad know if you would like to keep your application open for Summer 2021 or cancel completely. There may also be a possibility for taking the coursework of this program online via NTC Summer School in Summer 2020 for interested students. Please reply to this survey by April 6 for consideration.

The news about the cancellation of summer travel is hard for all of us. The Office of Study Abroad is here for you. Please do not hesitate to reach out should you have any questions. As your faculty leader, I am very sad not to meet you this summer but I hope to be with you for summer 2021!

Sincerely,

Office of Study Abroad

Summer in Stockholm

Dear Summer in Stockholm Applicant, 

I am sure that the past couple of weeks have been difficult. I hope that you and your family are healthy and safe and that you are slowly settling into a new routine for your course work via remote learning. Unfortunately, due to the CDC and State Department’s global travel advisories issued in light of the evolving COVID-19 situation, the Summer in Stockholm program has been cancelled for 2020 and postponed until summer 2021.  

I know that this is very disheartening for all of you. Please fill out this survey to let the Office of Study Abroad know if you would like to keep your application open for Summer 2021 or cancel completely, receiving a full refund of your deposit. There may also be a possibility for taking the coursework of this program online via NTC Summer School in Summer 2020 for interested students. Please reply to this survey by April 6 for consideration. 

The news about the cancellation of summer travel is hard for all of us. The Office of Study Abroad is here for you. Please do not hesitate to reach out should you have any questions.  

We are all very sad not to meet you this summer but hope to be with you for summer 2021! 

Sincerely, 

Dr. Wee, Dr. Henry, Dr. Norton, and Siena  

 

 

FAQs For Spring 2020 Study Abroad Students Affected by COVID-19 (3/24/2020)

 

FAQs For Spring 2020 Study Abroad Students Affected by COVID-19:

March 24, 2020

 

Q: If a study abroad program’s courses have moved online, am I required to finish them online?

A: To earn course credit from this semester abroad, students must complete their courses online. We recognize that this is not ideal for the best study abroad experience and we regret the situation. But, given the circumstances of a global pandemic, it is the only way that courses can be delivered safely at this time. We are prioritizing students’ safety and their ability to make progress toward graduation.

 

Q: If my program was cancelled and is not providing a means for me to complete the coursework remotely, am I eligible for a refund?

A: Yes. Students whose programs cancelled and are not providing a means for them to finish classes online are eligible for a full refund of Spring tuition. Students whose programs were cancelled will be eligible for priority registration for summer courses at Tulane. Students should contact their financial aid advisor directly regarding eligibility for summer financial aid.

 

Q: If my program is continuing, but is not providing remote learning options, am I eligible for a refund?

A: Maybe. For programs that are continuing but are not providing remote learning options, NTC will work on a case-by-case basis to either facilitate refunds or find ways for students to complete the in-progress courses.

 

Q: If a program is offering online classes and I choose to discontinue my studies (partially or completely), am I eligible for a refund or can I apply my Spring tuition to a future semester abroad?

A: No. If programs/universities are moving courses online, students should continue to take them --- just as non-study abroad Tulane students are doing.

 

Q: If my program was interrupted this semester and I want to go abroad in the future, do I have to re-apply?

A:  Yes. Students do need to re-apply for future semesters because your new program may have differing academic requirements than the study abroad program that you are completing this semester online. The exception to this is for students whose programs have cancelled. If your program cancelled, you may switch your application and approval for study abroad to a future semester.

 

Q. If I drop a course I was taking abroad, will this show up as a W on the transcript?

A: Yes. All of the grades from study abroad courses, including Ws, will appear on students’ transcripts as usual. Please consult policies on study abroad transfer credits.  Unless specifically noted in the program description on this website, grades earned abroad in the Fall semester of 2015 and thereafter will appear on the official transcript, but will not be calculated into the cumulative GPA.  Students do have the option of opting to take courses in the spring 2020 semester on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis. 

 

Q: Can I choose to be graded S/U for courses taken abroad? 

A: Tulane changed its grading policy for this semester for non-study abroad students, and these policies and deadlines will also apply for students who were studying abroad for Spring 2020.  For exceptions to this policy, please contact your academic advisor.   

 

Q. Can I drop courses I was taking abroad if it means I will fall below 12 credit hours?

A: It depends on one’s financial aid package. NTC’s offices of Study Abroad and Academic Advising will work with the office of Financial Aid on a case-by-case basis. Please contact your financial aid advisor if you have questions. 

 

Q: Can I get a refund for my housing and dining expenses? 

A: Students should seek information about refunds from their programs or the universities to which they made these payments. If students were renting off-campus accommodations, they must work with their landlords in their host country, just as non-study abroad Tulane students are doing in New Orleans.

 

Q: Can Tulane support me if I am experiencing any unexpected financial burden associated with sudden departure from study abroad? 

A: Yes. Students may petition for reimbursement for financial burdens assumed due to study abroad program cancellation by filling out Tulane’s Emergency Aid Request Form. Students should also check with their study abroad providers, as some will also be providing reimbursements for flights and unexpected expenses associated with sudden departure from study abroad.

 

 

Information for Summer 2020 Applicants (3/20/2020)

Dear Study Abroad Summer 2020 Applicant:

 

The Newcomb-Tulane College Office of Study Abroad, in coordination with the Office of Emergency Preparedness and Response, Campus Health, and the Office of the Provost, is actively monitoring the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation worldwide and making evidence-informed decisions to ensure students’ health and well-being. Our paramount concern is the health and safety of our students.

 

We will remain hopeful that summer programs will run as normal, but we also want to be prepared should the COVID-19 situation continue into summer. All travel for study abroad is currently on hold given the CDC global travel advisory. We hope to provide more clarity on summer study abroad by the beginning of April.

 

What you should do now to prepare for summer study abroad:

  1. Program Updates: If you have applied for an OSA faculty-led program, please wait for updates from the Office of Study Abroad. If you are applying to study abroad through a provider, stay in contact with your provider or host institution for updates on the context in your host country.
  2. Flights: We recommend that you do not purchase flight tickets at this time. However, if you feel the need to purchase now, it is in your best interest to purchase a refundable ticket and travel insurance, however please be aware that some refund and travel insurance policies may not cover cancellations due to pandemics such as COVID-19. Students should read all refund and insurance policies in relation to flight purchases carefully.
  3. Cancellation/Postponing: For those who would like to cancel or postpone your summer study abroad until summer 2021, please write to osa@tulane.edu to change your application. Students wishing to withdraw should contact their assigned program contact or osa@tulane.edu. If you have applied to study abroad through a program provider you will also need to notify your program provider of the change in your application.

 

We thank you for your patience and flexibility at this time as the COVID-19 situation unfolds. Should you have any questions or concerns about study abroad for summer 2020 please do not hesitate to reach out to the Office of Study Abroad.

 

Best,

 

Office of Study Abroad

 

Information for Fall 2020 Applicants (3/20/2020)

Dear Study Abroad Fall 2020 Student:

 

The Newcomb-Tulane College Office of Study Abroad, in coordination with the Office of Emergency Preparedness and Response, Campus Health, and the Office of the Provost, is actively monitoring the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation worldwide and making evidence-informed decisions to ensure students’ health and well-being. Our paramount concern is the health and safety of our students.

 

We will remain hopeful that fall programs will run as normal, but we also want to be prepared should the COVID-19 situation continue into the Fall semester.  We hope to provide more clarity on Fall study abroad by the end of April.

Note: Following the lead of other schools and at the request of study abroad providers,  OSA processing of home school nominations and visa letters is on hold until the CDC global travel advisory has been updated.

 

What you should do now to prepare for Fall study abroad:

  1. Program Updates: Please be in close contact with your program provider or host institution for updates on the context in your host country.
  2. Secondary Applications: We realize that secondary applications for some programs are due before April 30th. You should continue with secondary applications as if programs will run unless you hear differently from provider.
  3. Post-acceptance Documents: Complete as normal. OSA will be flexible on deadlines for these until we have final confirmation of program viability.
  4. Visas: We recommend that you familiarize yourself with the visa process and collect all necessary documents. If possible, students should wait for program confirmation from the Tulane study abroad office and their host institution before applying. If you have concerns regarding the visa application timeline in light of the uncertainty caused by COVID-19, please contact your study abroad advisor directly.
  5. Flights: We recommend that you do not purchase flight tickets at this time. However, if you feel the need to purchase now, it is in your best interest to purchase a refundable ticket and travel insurance.  Please read all airline and travel insurance policies carefully should you decide to book your flight as some policies may not cover cancellations due to COVID-19.
  6. Housing: We recommend that you do not submit housing deposits until we know the status of Fall 2020 programs. However, housing on some programs is allocated on a first-come first-served basis. If you feel it is in your best interest to apply for housing now, please familiarize yourself with the refund policies in case of program cancellation. 

 

Additionally, Tulane will also be implementing the following flexibility options for all students registered to study abroad through a Tulane-approved program:

 

Fall Scheduling Flexibility: Given the exceptional circumstances, students registered to study abroad through a Tulane-approved program will be able to register in April for Fall 2020 on-campus classes as well as for your Fall study abroad program. This allows you to register for Tulane fall classes as if you were not planning to study abroad, while also preserving your study abroad option.  Students will be permitted to register for 31 total credits:  12 study abroad “placeholder” credits and 19 on campus credits.  Once you've decided whether you're studying abroad or not, please drop either the on-campus classes or the study abroad classes, as appropriate.

 

Term Flexibility: For those who would like to postpone study abroad to another term, please write to osa@tulane.edu to change your application for a future semester. There is no need to reapply. You will also need to notify your program provider that you will be postponing your application.  

 

We thank you for your patience and flexibility at this time as the COVID-19 situation unfolds. Should you have any questions or concerns about study abroad for Fall 2020 please do not hesitate to reach out to the Office of Study Abroad or schedule a remote meeting with a study abroad advisor here.

 

Best,

 

Office of Study Abroad

Level 4 Travel Warning (3/19/2020)

Dear Study Abroad Student,

 

The U.S. Department of State has raised the Global Health Advisory to Level 4: Do Not Travel. U.S. citizens who are abroad are advised to immediately return to the United States, unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.

 

Many countries are experiencing COVID-19 outbreaks and implementing travel restrictions and mandatory quarantines, closing borders, and prohibiting non-citizens from entry with little advance notice.  Airlines have cancelled many international flights and several cruise operators have suspended operations or cancelled trips.  If you choose to remain abroad, there is the possibility that you will not be able to leave due to travel restrictions and lack of flights and will stay beyond your visa and your enrollment in the university you are attending.  

 

We advise that all students making arrangements to depart study abroad to begin by contacting their host program director and your airline directly to change your return flight.  As this is a difficult time for booking travel, you may find long wait times with the airlines and booking agents. Tulane’s Travel Services, through World Travel, are also available to assist you in this rebooking. You can reach World Travel, Tulane’s Travel Agency, at their international toll free number: 865-777-1600. Please mention that you are a Tulane student.   

 

  • If you have already returned home: confirm your arrival to your home destination by checking off the “Safe Return to Home Country” Questionnaire in your study abroad portal.
  • If you face extenuating circumstances that would make return impossible: you should complete this petition to remain as soon as possible. 
  • If you have already completed this petition but have decided to depart or if you have made any changes to your itinerary not already communicated to OSA/Freeman (new booking, change of dates/flights): Email OSA/Freeman your flight confirmation

 

If commercial flights are no longer available in your host country, please contact Global Rescue. Global Rescue is available 24 hours/7 days per week and can be reached via phone or email:

 

1.800.381.9754

Toll free in US or Canada

+1.617.459.4200 International

or email us: operations@globalrescue.com

 

 

We realize that this is extremely disappointing news and causes enormous inconvenience for you. Like all of you, we are dealing with this global crisis as best as we're able. Please let us know how we can support you.

 

Best,

 

 

Global Programs Closure (3/16/2020)

March 16, 2020

Dear Study Abroad Students and Parents,

The Newcomb-Tulane College Office of Study Abroad, in coordination with the Office of Emergency Preparedness and Response, Campus Health, and the Office of the Provost, is actively monitoring the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation worldwide and making evidence-informed decisions to ensure students’ health and well-being. Our paramount concern is the health and safety of our students.

As you are no doubt aware, Tulane University has made the difficult decision to close all of our programs globally effective immediately. We realize that this decision may come as a disappointment to many of our students, particularly those who are currently abroad in destinations which may not necessarily be feeling the immediate impact of novel coronavirus at this time. Please know that the decision to cancel all programs was made in conjunction with professional emergency assessment and response personnel, and is based primarily upon concerns regarding travel restrictions that may complicate students’ return home, as well as the increased suspension of programs and universities across the world. Recent weeks have shown us that these restrictions on travel and program cancellations can happen quickly and without warning, at times even overnight. Our mandate to return hopes to avoid situations where students may become trapped in their host country following the imposition of travel bans.

That being said, we also understand that everyone has an individual threshold for assessing and responding to risk, and that some students may be concerned regarding the risks of undertaking international travel at this moment in time. Should students face extenuating circumstances that would make return impossible, they should complete this petition to remain as soon as possible.

Students who are approved to stay in their current study abroad location should understand that they may be subject to unexpected travel restrictions or program changes, as well as an increasing lack of available return flight options as airlines restrict service. These factors could prevent a student from leaving the country to the extent that they overstay their current student visa. Unfortunately, the Tulane Office of Study Abroad has an extremely limited ability to assist in matters related to international travel restrictions and embassy or visa related concerns.

Should students petition and be approved to stay, we recommend downloading both the Global Rescue GRID app and the State Department’s STEP app. Tulane contracts with Global Rescue, a medical, intelligence, and security crisis response service. Coverage through Global Rescue is included in the cost of your program. The GRID app will provide you with real-time updates and alerts relative to your area and can also be used in the event of an emergency to make others aware of your location or ask for immediate assistance. You can read more about the app and Global Rescue services here:https://grid.globalrescue.com/portal/tulane/index.html.

We would also recommend that students register themselves in STEP. This program also provides alerts similar to Global Rescue, but also informs the local embassy of your presence in country in case of emergency.Students can enroll in STEP here: https://step.state.gov/

Travel Arrangements for Departure: We advise that all students making arrangements to depart study abroad to begin by contacting their host program director and your airline directly to change your return flight.  As this is a difficult time for booking travel, you may find long wait times with the airlines and booking agents. Tulane’s Travel Services, through World Travel, are also available to assist you in this rebooking. You can reach World Travel, Tulane’s Travel Agency, at their international toll free number: 865-777-1600. Please mention that you are a Tulane student. Please note: There is a $20 after hour fee and a $29 agent fee to issue a ticket with World Travel.

  • Once you have booked your flight, please email your flight itinerary to osa@tulane.edu.
  • Please confirm your arrival to your home destination by checking off the “Safe Return to Home Country” Questionnaire in your study abroad portal.

It is imperative that our office confirm the whereabouts of our Spring 2020 study abroad cohort as you all begin to return from your host countries. All students are required to log in to their Tulane application portal immediately following their safe arrival in the home country to complete the “Safe Return to Home Country” questionnaire found in your Post-Decision materials. Students should only complete this form to confirm their arrival in the home country, NOT as an indication that they have booked a future return flight. Return flight itineraries should continue to be emailed to osa@tulane.edu.

In the case of emergency evacuation, Global Rescue can assist in making departure plans. Global Rescue is available 24 hours/7 days per week and can be reached via phone or email:

1.800.381.9754

Toll free in US or Canada

+1.617.459.4200 International

or email us: operations@globalrescue.com

 

Financial and/or Personal Implications of Return Travel: We realize that sudden changes in study abroad travel plans may lead to a challenging personal circumstance or a financial burden for our students and their families. We are committed to assuring that none of our students will be left in a vulnerable situation. Should a student find that they are left financially or otherwise vulnerable by their sudden departure from study abroad, please write to Office of Study Abroad at osa@tulane.edu.

Academic Continuity: Some students may have the option to continue their current program through remote learning. That should be a first choice for completion. For all other students, please be in touch with your host program and the Office of Study Abroad about academic continuity solutions. While awarding of major/minor/core credit remains at the discretion of the individual department, the Tulane Newcomb Tulane College Office of Study Abroad has no plans to deny students general elective credit for courses completed remotely, and we anticipate that most departments will remain flexible on accepting credits within the major/minor etc. given the current situation.

All students returning from study abroad should complete this academic disruption survey and be in touch with their study abroad advisor.

We know that right now is a trying and stressful time. We commend you all for your flexibility and your calm in managing such uncertainty.  Your ability to navigate the emotions of uncertainty, disappointment, and vulnerability caused by this unprecedented global challenge of COVID-19 in an international setting is commendable. The Newcomb-Tulane College Office of Study Abroad, in coordination with the Office of Emergency Preparedness and Response, Campus Health, and the Office of the Provost, is here to support you and make adjustments to help ease your transition process back home.

 

All the Best,

Office of Study Abroad

Global Programs Closure (3/15/2020)

March 15, 2020

Dear Study Abroad Students and Parents,

The Newcomb-Tulane College Office of Study Abroad, in coordination with the Office of Emergency Preparedness and Response, Campus Health, and the Office of the Provost, is actively monitoring the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation worldwide and making evidence-informed decisions to ensure students’ health and well-being. Our paramount concern is the health and safety of our students.

 

Tulane University has made the difficult decision to close all of our programs globally effective immediately. This decision was based upon concerns about travel restrictions that may complicate students’ return home and the suspension of programs and universities across the world. Should students face extenuating circumstances that would make return impossible, they should complete this petition to remain as soon as possible. 

 

Travel Arrangements for Departure: We advise that all students making arrangements to depart study abroad to begin by contacting their host program director and your airline directly to change your return flight.  As this is a difficult time for booking travel, you may find long wait times with the airlines and booking agents. Tulane’s Travel Services, through World Travel, are also available to assist you in this rebooking. You can reach World Travel, Tulane’s Travel Agency, at their international toll free number: 865-777-1600.  Please mention that you are a Tulane student. Please note: there is a $20 after hour fee and $19 agent fee to issue a ticket with World Travel.

 

Once you have booked your flight, please email your flight itinerary to osa@tulane.edu.

 

In the case of emergency evacuation, Global Rescue can assist in making departure plans. Global Rescue is available 24 hours/7 days per week and can be reached via phone or email:

1.800.381.9754

Toll free in US or Canada

+1.617.459.4200 International

or email us: operations@globalrescue.com

 

Financial and/or Personal Implications of Return Travel: We realize that sudden changes in study abroad travel plans may lead to a challenging personal circumstance or a financial burden for our students and their families. We are committed to assuring that none of our students will be left in a vulnerable situation. Should a student find that they are left financially or otherwise vulnerable by their sudden departure from study abroad, please write to Erica Woodley, Dean of Students, at ewoodley@tulane.edu

 

Academic Continuity: Some students may have the option to continue their current program through remote learning. That should be a first choice for completion. For all other students, please be in touch with your host program and the Office of Study Abroad about academic continuity solutions. While awarding of major/minor/core credit remains at the discretion of the individual department, the Tulane Newcomb Tulane College Office of Study Abroad has no plans to deny students general elective credit for courses completed remotely, and we anticipate that most departments will remain flexible on accepting credits within the major/minor etc. given the current situation.

 

All students returning from study abroad should complete this academic disruption survey and be in touch with their study abroad advisor.

 

We know that right now is a trying and stressful time. We commend you all for your flexibility and your calm in managing such uncertainty.  Your ability to navigate the emotions of uncertainty, disappointment, and vulnerability caused by this unprecedented global challenge of COVID-19 in an international setting is commendable. The Newcomb-Tulane College Office of Study Abroad, in coordination with the Office of Emergency Preparedness and Response, Campus Health, and the Office of the Provost, is here to support you and make adjustments to help ease your transition process back home. 

 

All the Best,

 

Office of Study Abroad

 

Flight Restrictions for Return (3/13/20)

March 13, 2020

Dear Students, Parents, and Guardians,

The Newcomb-Tulane College Office of Study Abroad, in coordination with the Office of Emergency Preparedness and Response, Campus Health, and the Office of the Provost, is actively monitoring the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation worldwide and making evidence-informed decisions to ensure students’ health and well-being. Thank you for your patience and cooperation over the past few days as news of the coronavirus continues to evolve. Our paramount concern is the health and safety of our students. We realize that following the recent announcements made by our office, the university, the White House, and the CDC, you are all navigating an incredibly stressful time of transition and uncertainty. However, please make sure that you are emailing osa@tulane.edu as soon as possible to notify us of your travel plans. All students, whether they are evacuating their host country by Tulane’s mandate (those studying in Level 3 CDC travel advisory countries), evacuating following their program’s cancellation, or leaving voluntarily, must alert our office of their intent to leave the host country by sending their flight itinerary (date, time, destination) to osa@tulane.edu as soon as possible.

Please see below for updated important information regarding return flights:

DATES: Flights departing after 11:59 pm Eastern Daylight Time on Friday, March 13, 2020, and covered by the arrival restrictions regarding the countries of the Schengen Area are required to land at one of the airports identified in this document. These arrival restrictions will continue until cancelled or modified by the Secretary of DHS and notification is published in the Federal Register of such cancellation or modification.

Airports: John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK),

New York; Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD), Illinois;

San Francisco International Airport (SFO), California;

Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA), Washington;

Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL), Hawaii;

Los Angeles International Airport, (LAX), California;

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL), Georgia;

Washington-Dulles International Airport (IAD), Virginia;

Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR), New Jersey;

Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW), Texas Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW), Michigan;

Boston Logan International Airport (BOS), Massachusetts;

and Miami International Airport (MIA), Florida.

Full document text available here.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Matthew S. Davies, Office of Field Operations, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) at 202-325-2073.

We realize that in light of the continuing spread of novel coronavirus, certain country-specific self-quarantine procedures, and increased travel restrictions in many countries, many students may feel the need to return home prior to official program closures in other study abroad locations that are not classified as Level 3. In cases of early return not mandated by Tulane University and/or the host program, students must obtain permission from their program to leave early and should make arrangements in conjunction with their program in order to complete courses remotely. Some students may have the option to continue their current program through remote learning. That should be a first choice for completion. For all other students, please be in touch with your host program and the Office of Study Abroad about academic continuity solutions. While awarding of major/minor/core credit remains at the discretion of the individual department, the Tulane OSA has no plans to deny students general elective credit for courses completed remotely, and we anticipate that most departments will remain flexible on accepting credits within the major/minor etc. given the current situation.

Any students experiencing academic disruptions due to COVID-19 should complete the following survey which will allow us to gauge any disruptions our students are facing as they transition home and interpret how we can best support their academic goals.

If you have not done so already, our office recommends you download the Global Rescue GRID app. Tulane contracts with Global Rescue, a medical, intelligence, and security crisis response service. Coverage through Global Rescue is included in the cost of your program. The GRID app will provide you with real-time updates and alerts relative to your area and can also be used in the event of an emergency to make others aware of your location or ask for immediate assistance. You can read more about the app and Global Rescue services here.  

 

We would also recommend that students register themselves in STEP--the State Department's Smart Traveler Enrollment Program. This program also provides alerts similar to Global Rescue, but also informs the local embassy of your presence in-country in case of emergency. Students can enroll in STEP here

 

Please continue to follow the FAQs put forth by Tulane University and OSA Updates. The university will continue to make plans to ensure your safe relocation and continued academic progress. As always, remember that our office is here to support you. Please contact our office or your individual study abroad advisor directly with questions or concerns. 
 

Thank you again for your patience during this extraordinary time. 

CDC Level 3 Return Home Mandate (3/12/20)

Dear Tulane Study Abroad Students and Families:

The Newcomb-Tulane College Office of Study Abroad, in coordination with the Office of Emergency Preparedness and Response, Campus Health, and the Office of the Provost, is actively monitoring the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation worldwide and making evidence-informed decisions to ensure students’ health and well-being. Thank you for your patience and cooperation over the past few days as news of the coronavirus continues to evolve. Our paramount concern is the health and safety of our students.

Consistent with Tulane's official policy, we require that students currently abroad with programs in countries classified as Level 3 by the CDC return home as soon as possible. Based on this policy, we have made the difficult decision to close all of our programs in Europe effective immediately.*

This decision was based on many factors including:

  • Centers for Disease Control (CDC) travel watch to a level 3 for Europe.
  • A U.S. State Department global health travel advisory at level 3.
  • The continued evolution of U.S. and foreign government actions and travel restrictions that may complicate students’ return home.

Students seeking an exception to this policy due to exceptional circumstances that would make return unwise should email osa@tulane.edu for approval.

*Students studying in the United Kingdom and Ireland, although these countries have yet to rise to a Level 3 via the CDC, are strongly advised to return to the home country given the practices of social isolation and transition to all-online courses put in place by an increasing number of our partner institutions in these locations. Students studying in these destinations should email their study abroad advisor or OSA directly with any further questions.

Travel Arrangements for Departure: We advise that all students in countries with a Level 3 travel advisory begin making arrangements to depart your program to return to your permanent address as soon as possible. We recommend you start by contacting your host program director and your airline directly to change your return flight. If you need further assistance making travel arrangements, please contact Global Rescue who can assist in rebooking flights and/or other departure plans. Global Rescue is available 24 hours/7 days per week and can be reached via phone or email:

1.800.381.9754

Toll free in US or Canada

+1.617.459.4200 International

or email us: operations@globalrescue.com

Non-Level 3 Countries: We realize that in light of the continuing spread of novel coronavirus, many students may feel the need to return home prior to official program closures in other study abroad locations that are not classified as Level 3. In these cases, students must obtain permission from their program to leave early and should keep the Tulane Office of Study Abroad apprised of their travel plans. Students should make arrangements in conjunction with their program in order to complete courses remotely. Students must inform our office in the case of early return to the home country by emailing osa@tulane.edu.

Academic Continuity: Some students may have the option to continue their current program through remote learning. That should be a first choice for completion. For all other students, please be in touch with your host program and the Office of Study Abroad about academic continuity solutions. While awarding of major/minor/core credit remains at the discretion of the individual department, the Tulane OSA has no plans to deny students general elective credit for courses completed remotely, and we anticipate that most departments will remain flexible on accepting credits within the major/minor etc. given the current situation.

Financial Implications: We appreciate your patience as we work through the financial issues regarding program cancellations. Please direct any study abroad billing questions to Joanie Vicknair at crystal@tulane.edu

Global Rescue: If you have not done so already, our office recommends you download the Global Rescue GRID app. Tulane contracts with Global Rescue, a medical, intelligence, and security crisis response service. Coverage through Global Rescue is included in the cost of your program. The GRID app will provide you with real-time updates and alerts relative to your area and can also be used in the event of an emergency to make others aware of your location or ask for immediate assistance. You can read more about the app and Global Rescue services here. We would also recommend that students register themselves in STEP--the State Department's Smart Traveler Enrollment Program. This program also provides alerts similar to Global Rescue, but also informs the local embassy of your presence in-country in case of emergency. Students can enroll in STEP here.

We know you will be concerned about many issues. Please continue to follow the FAQs put forth by Tulane University and OSA Updates. The University will continue to make plans to ensure your safe relocation and continued academic progress.

We are very proud of you and your goals of being a leader in a global world. We will continue to support you in this goal. Today, however, we must alter how we do that.

Thank you again for your patience in this extraordinary time.

Sincerely,

Office of Study Abroad

Annie Gibson, PhD Director of Study Abroad Administrative Associate Professor

Center for Global Education

Newcomb Tulane College Tulane University

agibson3@tulane.edu

Explanation of Level 1, 2, and 3 Advisories and Tulane Policy (3/6/2020)

Dear Students and Parents,

The Newcomb-Tulane College Office of Study Abroad, in coordination with the Office of Emergency Preparedness and Response, Campus Health, and the Office of the Provost, is actively monitoring the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation worldwide and making evidence-informed decisions to ensure students’ health and well-being.  We are in contact with our study abroad programs in impacted countries and support the safety measures that they are implementing to keep program participants safe. 

Tulane follows CDC and Department of State travel restrictions. Our current travel advisories can be found here. Please note, any country being designated with a CDC Level 3 Travel Advisory will have restricted travel.

If a country becomes designated with a Level 3 Travel Advisory the university will coordinate with travelers on university business or study in that country about their options.

In countries with a Level 1 and Level 2 travel advisory from the CDC, most study abroad programs are still operating as normal, and have not implemented contingency plans or alternative options for program completion. Therefore, we ask students to follow all health and safety guidelines and requirements of their host institutions and local government officials, and to continue their coursework as required by their host institutions.

We recommend that students download the Global Rescue GRID app. Tulane contracts with Global Rescue, a medical, intelligence, and security crisis response service. Coverage through Global Rescue is included in the cost of your program. The GRID app provides students with real-time updates and alerts relative to their area.  It can also be used in the event of an emergency to make others aware of your location or ask for immediate assistance. You can read more about the app and Global Rescue services here: https://grid.globalrescue.com/portal/tulane/index.html 
 
We also recommend that students register themselves in STEP--the State Department's Smart Traveler Enrollment Program. This program provides alerts similar to Global Rescue, but also informs the local embassy of your presence in-country in case of emergency. Students can enroll in STEP here: https://step.state.gov/ 

Students should inform both on-site staff in their country and the Office of Study Abroad if they feel they should consider changing their study abroad location or in the case of temporary or permanent evacuation.
 

Additionally, students should be vigilant during travel, especially if they choose to visit locations outside of their host city/country. Students should consider the potential health risks that travel might entail, as well as the risk of sudden bans issued by government authorities. The COVID-19 situation in any one location can change very rapidly and students could be at risk of not being allowed to leave (or re-enter) their host city/country, being potentially placed into mandatory quarantines (even if only in a location for a connecting flight). For example, if you are studying in Spain and travel to Italy, you could have difficulty leaving Italy due to travel restrictions.  In addition, students who travel may also be asked to change host families because the host family may not be able to accommodate a quarantined student who has come from a country that is considered at “risk.”

Please notify your sponsoring program as well as your sponsoring department at Tulane if you are affected by travel restrictions. Students who are uncomfortable remaining abroad, or whose programs have closed down, should contact the Office of Study Abroad to explore options for completing their semester coursework.

Tulane has published a series of FAQs around COVID-19 and will continue to update these as needed. 

Although we realize this may be a stressful and unnerving time, students and parents should remember that both host programs and our office are here for support.  Please let us know if you have any additional questions or concerns, or if you would like to speak to an advisor regarding the situation in your location.

The contact information for advisors at the Office of Study Abroad is as follows:

Meredith Connelly (mconnelly@tulane.edu)
Joseph Michel (jmichel@tulane.edu)
Siena Farrar (sfarrar@tulane.edu


Kind Regards, 

Office of Study Abroad
Newcomb-Tulane College I Tulane University
6901 Willow Street
504.865.5339 osa@tulane.edu
https://studyabroad.tulane.edu/

Studying Abroad in CDC Level 1 or 2 Locations (3/4/2020)

I’m studying abroad in a country without a CDC travel advisory, with a CDC Level 1 travel advisory, or a CDC Level 2 travel advisory and am concerned.

This is an evolving situation and we cannot predict what will happen over the coming days, weeks, and months. You are encouraged to have a backup study abroad location in case you are unable to participate in a program due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Please make an appointment with a study abroad advisor at the OSA to make a back up study abroad plan.

Italy, China, South Korea Suspension of Programs (3/3/2020)

Dear Students and Parents,

The Newcomb-Tulane College Office of Study Abroad, in coordination with the Office of Emergency Preparedness and Response, Campus Health, and the Office of the Provost, is actively monitoring the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation worldwide and making evidence-informed decisions to ensure students’ health and well-being.  We are in contact with our study abroad programs in impacted countries and support the safety measures that they are implementing to keep program participants safe. 

Participation in programs in countries that are considered a Level 3 by the CDC and State Department is being suspended due to health risks from novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Please be advised that currently, all Tulane sponsored travel to Italy, South Korea, and China is suspended until further notice. Please see the most recent communication issued by the Tulane Office of the Provost. For questions or concerns please contact osa@tulane.edu 504-865-5339.

Tulane follows CDC and Department of State travel restrictions. Our current travel advisories can be found here. Please note, any country being designated with a CDC Level 3 Travel Advisory will have restricted travel.

If a country becomes designated with a Level 3 Travel Advisory the university will coordinate with travelers on university business or study in that country about their options.

We recommend that students download the Global Rescue GRID app. Tulane contracts with Global Rescue, a medical, intelligence, and security crisis response service. Coverage through Global Rescue is included in the cost of your program. The GRID app provides students with real-time updates and alerts relative to their area.  It can also be used in the event of an emergency to make others aware of your location or ask for immediate assistance. You can read more about the app and Global Rescue services here: https://grid.globalrescue.com/portal/tulane/index.html 
 
We also recommend that students register themselves in STEP--the State Department's Smart Traveler Enrollment Program. This program provides alerts similar to Global Rescue, but also informs the local embassy of your presence in-country in case of emergency. Students can enroll in STEP here: https://step.state.gov/ 

Students should inform both on-site staff in their country and the Office of Study Abroad if they feel they should consider changing their study abroad location or in the case of temporary or permanent evacuation.
 

Additionally, students should be vigilant during travel, especially if they choose to visit locations outside of their host city/country. Students should consider the potential health risks that travel might entail, as well as the risk of sudden bans issued by government authorities. The COVID-19 situation in any one location can change very rapidly and students could be at risk of not being allowed to leave (or re-enter) their host city/country, being potentially placed into mandatory quarantines (even if only in a location for a connecting flight). For example, if you are studying in Spain and travel to Italy, you could have difficulty leaving Italy due to travel restrictions.  In addition, students who travel may also be asked to change host families because the host family may not be able to accommodate a quarantined student who has come from a country that is considered at “risk.”

Please notify your sponsoring program as well as your sponsoring department at Tulane if you are affected by travel restrictions. Students who are uncomfortable remaining abroad, or whose programs have closed down, should contact the Office of Study Abroad to explore options for completing their semester coursework.

Tulane has published a series of FAQs around COVID-19 and will continue to update these as needed. 

Although we realize this may be a stressful and unnerving time, students and parents should remember that both host programs and our office are here for support.  Please let us know if you have any additional questions or concerns, or if you would like to speak to an advisor regarding the situation in your location.

The contact information for advisors at the Office of Study Abroad is as follows:

Meredith Connelly (mconnelly@tulane.edu)
Joseph Michel (jmichel@tulane.edu)
Siena Farrar (sfarrar@tulane.edu


Kind Regards, 

Office of Study Abroad
Newcomb-Tulane College I Tulane University
6901 Willow Street
504.865.5339 osa@tulane.edu
https://studyabroad.tulane.edu/