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External and Exchange Spring 2021 Program Updates

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Spring 2021 Program Cancellations


As of January, 7, 2021

Beginngin on September 25, 2020, Education Abroad began notifying students of program cancellations, which is ongoing and this page will be updated as new decisions are made. Please see below for a summary of the cancellation announcement, which included individual considerations for each program and host country.

After a thorough review of current circumstances, we are unable to permit students to participate in spring 2021 approved external or exchange study abroad programs in the countries listed below.* 

  • Australia
  • France
  • Ireland
  • New Zealand
  • Taiwan
  • The Netherlands
  • United Kingdom

*If a country is not listed above that means study abroad is currently approved (though continuously monitored) in that location, or no students are planning to study abroad in that location during Spring 2021.  

Spring 2021 Petition Process

On September 25, 2020 Education Abroad distributed notifications to Conditionally Approved study abroad students scheduled to study abroad on an approved external or exchange program in a location deemed potentially feasible for the spring 2021 semester. Please see below for a summary of the petition announcement, which included individual considerations for each program and host country.


Please see our temporary COVID-19 guidance information for updates regarding future external and exchange programs. 




Spring 2021 Program Cancellation Communications

We know that you have been eagerly waiting for an update regarding study abroad for the spring semester. We are very sorry to inform you that after a thorough review of current circumstances by the High/Elevated Risk Committee, we are unable to permit you to participate in your proposed program in  [HOST COUNTRY].  This was a very difficult decision to make, but unfortunately, COVID-19 has presented many challenges resulting in circumstances that are out of our control, most notably travel and immigration restrictions. Currently [HOST COUNTRY] is restricting travelers from the U.S., where COVID-19 is not well contained, and we have no idea if and when that might be lifted. Based on the security and medical information provided by International SOS, Temple University’s travel advisory and emergency services provider, they continue to recommend against travel to [HOST COUNTRY].  

As a result, your status will soon be changed from Conditionally Approved to Withdrawn: Travel Prohibited, and we will be notifying [EXTERNAL PROGRAM OR HOST UNIVERSITY]  that your conditional approval to study abroad was rescinded. If you choose to participate on a study abroad program this spring 2021 semester without the approval of Temple University, the implications include: 

  • You will not be considered an active Temple student for the Spring 2021 semester, and you will need to apply for re-enrollment to Temple. Re-enrolled students must follow the most current University, Schools/Colleges and major requirements upon their return.
  • You cannot receive financial aid or scholarships for the Spring 2021 semester, and eligibility for future financial aid may be affected.
  • Transfer credit for courses taken abroad will not be accepted by Temple

We know this news is disappointing to you; we share your sadness and frustration about the loss of this learning opportunity. Please know that this decision was not taken lightly.

We would like to share some important information related to the program cancellation and future study abroad plans.

Study Abroad in Future Semesters

If you would like to defer your study abroad experience to a future term, please let us know. We can copy over your acceptance and a number of materials from your spring application. You will be asked to submit a new advisor recommendation specifically for the semester you plan on applying for, and depending on your program, you may need to redo some or all of your application to the provider/host institution.

Additional Guidance

When your status was changed to Conditionally Approved,  we shared advice and guidance to help you plan accordingly during an ever-changing situation. If you need to review the advice provided at that time, you can find it here

Again, we are so sorry to relay this news. We look forward to working with you on plans to study abroad in a future term, and we wish you and yours continued health and safety. 

Any additional questions not answered by this page or the study abroad program, students can contact their Temple Education Abroad External or Exchange Program Manager. 


Spring 2021 COVID-19 Program Petition Communications

As mentioned in your conditional approval message, I am writing to you with an update on the next steps you will need to take regarding the Spring 2021 semester. 

After an initial review of conditions in your host country, we believe your destination may be feasible for study abroad during Spring 2021. To be sure, Education Abroad and International Risk Management, in coordination with International SOS, will conduct a thorough assessment of your host country and city, to gather further information about your intended destination. 

In order to consider approving your request to study abroad on your chosen program for Spring 2021, you are also required to complete a COVID Program Assessment Petition. The petition will require you to answer questions related to your external or exchange program’s COVID-19 protocol and policies. In addition to this petition, Education Abroad will also be reaching out to your external or exchange program for more specific information related to the in-country experience, which will also be taken into consideration for your petition. 

The COVID Program Assessment Petition can be found in your Temple study abroad portal and will be due on Tuesday, October 6th. We aim to provide you with a decision on the status of your petition on Friday, November 6th. Until you receive notification that your petition is approved, you should not make any non-refundable financial commitments and you should plan for the spring as if you may not be approved to study abroad. More information on planning for all scenarios can be found on the COVID-19 Guidance page for external and exchange students. 

Any additional questions not answered by this page or the study abroad program, students can contact their Temple Education Abroad External or Exchange Program Manager. 

Spring 2021 COVID-19 Program Petition Approval

We have received your COVID Program Assessment Petition to study abroad in [HOST COUNTRY].  The High/Elevated Risk Committee has reviewed your petition, and approval to study at [EXTERNAL PROGRAM OR HOST UNIVERSITY] has been granted, as long as you meet the following conditions:

  • You attend the mandatory virtual pre-departure orientation (details will be shared soon)
  • If travel plans are adjusted after approval has been granted, you are responsible for contacting the Education Abroad office to discuss the conditions of approval.  
  • If there is a change in circumstances – in terms of the proposed itinerary, the critical nature of the trip, the health, safety, or security climate of the region of interest – either prior to or after departure, the University retains the right to withdraw travel approval and/or require return to the U.S. This also applies to circumstances resulting from COVID-19 including but not limited to travel and immigration restrictions, local or national lockdowns, limited flight availability, worsening local or national outbreaks, etc.
  • You register with International SOS for travel alerts for your destination.
  • You register with the U.S. Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).
  • You register for spring 2021 classes on Main Campus during priority registration (see below).
  • You read, agree and sign the COVID-19 Acknowledgement of Risks form (see below) and complete all pre-departure requirements by deadlines. 
  • We highly recommend that you purchase trip cancellation insurance.

In addition, given the pandemic, you will need to take on additional risks and responsibilities for the spring 2021 semester specific to your [HOST COUNTRY] or [EXTERNAL PROGRAM OR HOST UNIVERSITY]: 

  • Please note: approved students should review the individualized message they received for program/country specific risks and responsibilities, but general examples are included below. 
  • As of today, all foreigners entering [HOST COUNTRY] are required to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. Your [EXTERNAL PROGRAM OR HOST UNIVERSITY] will provide you with information about the quarantine facilities. You should expect to pay anywhere between $1000 - $2000 out of pocket for your two-week quarantine. Temple cannot assist with quarantine costs.
  • As [HOST COUNTRY] universities start their spring semesters at the beginning of March, if you cannot complete your semester in [HOST COUNTRY], you will not earn any academic credit for the semester and you will not be able to return to Temple for the spring. 
  • Our [HOST COUNTRY] partners may not be able to guarantee academic continuity if you are required to return to the US, as this decision is typically made by each individual faculty member. 
  • You should continue to reference Education Abroad’s COVID-19 Guidance Page, which will provide you information related to understanding financial obligations and academic continuity until it becomes clear what is in store for spring study abroad. 

As mentioned above, it is imperative that you register full-time for spring 2021 classes on Main Campus during priority registration, which begins Monday, November 16th. Prior to your departure to [HOST COUNTRY], Education Abroad will register you for the 12-credit placeholder course in January. Please note, you will be required to attend a mandatory virtual pre-departure orientation, complete all pre-departure requirements in a timely fashion and acknowledge the risks of participation by reviewing and signing the COVID-19 Acknowledgement of Risks form posted on your program home page.

The approval of our external or exchange programs in [HOST COUNTRY] does not alter the University’s position that study and travel abroad during the COVID-19 pandemic may be risky. Rather, it indicates that the University recognizes that the student understands and appreciates the risks involved in participation, is willing to assume individual responsibility for those risks, and, for academic reasons, the student has made the choice to participate in spite of such known risks. Furthermore, any student who seeks and is granted an exception to participate in a suspended program or destination, shall bear solely and entirely any financial loss or loss of academic credit that may result should the situation in-country deteriorate and approval is rescinded. Likewise, should a student choose to leave the program or destination for any reason prior to the completion of his or her studies, the student shall bear solely and entirely any financial loss or loss of academic credit that may result.

We understand this news may be exciting, but with so much uncertainty due to the pandemic, we urge you to review all of the information provided in this message. We will continue to assess the situation with student health and safety at the forefront of our decision making and will remain in communication with you prior to your departure. If you have any questions at all, feel free to reach out to us.