COVID-19 Approved Programs
As the pandemic continues to impact study abroad opportunities, Education Abroad is regularly vetting programs offered through our Exchange Partner Universities and Approved External Programs list, specifically evaluating our partners emergency response plans and COVID-specific protocols. Effective for spring 2023, all Exchange Partners and programs on the Approved External Programs list have met or exceeded the University’s established programmatic standards and student support protocols for operating during the pandemic and you may seek approval to study on any program available. If your program of interest is undergoing a periodic review, but you meet the external program application and eligibility requirements, your request will be Conditionally Approved until your selected program is re-evaluated to ensure it meets the university’s established COVID-19 standards and can be approved by Education Abroad and International Risk Management. Until further notice, Education Abroad will not be accepting direct enroll applications for study at foreign universities with the exception of summer programming at our Exchange Partner Universities and we are not accepting Petitions to Participate in an External Program Not on the Approved List through the spring 2023 semester, after which time we anticipate exceptions will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Your Program Manager will assist in the appropriate process and provide follow-up information to you once your request has been reviewed.
During the pandemic, all Temple University-affiliated international travel, including study abroad, is subject to review and approval by International Risk Management and where applicable, the Elevated/High Risk Travel Committee, as defined in the university’s International Travel Policy. Prior to spring 2023 Education Abroad curated a COVID-19 Portfolio of popular study abroad programs, vetted for their emergency and COVID-19 protocols, and which represented a variety of geographic locations and academic disciplines, offered through select partners with which we maintain a strong working relationship. Education Abroad and International Risk Management reserve the right to reinstate the COVD-19 Portfolio of Programs at anytime, and regardless, if the risk level in your intended destination changes and/or the health environment deteriorates after you have been approved to study abroad, the University reserves the right to rescind authorization or revise the conditions of travel.
Until you have final approval for participation in your program, do not make any financial commitments to study abroad. We have prepared information about financial risks and other considerations for studying abroad during the pandemic, which we encourage you to review.
Developing a Back-Up Plan
Understanding Deadlines and Decisions
Back-up plans should be developed with all possible scenarios in mind:
- You withdraw from your program;
- Your external or exchange program is cancelled by the program or host-institution;
- Temple does not approve international travel to your host country, or suspends travel after approval is granted;
- You abandon your back-up plan and proceed with your plan to study abroad upon approval.
Each scenario should also take into consideration the date by which you will become financially responsible to your external/exchange program, Temple University or independent vendors, and the ability for you to complete your intended academic requirements and secure housing during the study abroad semester.
Registering for Classes on Main Campus
Education Abroad will register semester approved students for an external program placeholder course or an exchange program placeholder course to maintain their full-time status while abroad. However. students are encouraged to register for Main Campus courses during priority registration to meet their Fly In Four checkpoint. If withdrawal and refund policies are flexible for their external or exchange program, we also recommend students move forward with course registration through their program. In all situations, students must be aware of their program’s withdrawal and refund policies as well as Temple’s registration or add/drop dates and Temple’s billing dates and payment deadlines. Students should speak to their academic advisor about their back-up plan to return to Main Campus and the availability of required courses.
If you decide to withdraw from your external or exchange program, in addition to notifying your external or exchange program directly, you must notify your Temple Program Manager via email as soon as possible to allow for important, time-sensitive changes to be made to your student record to facilitate your return to Main Campus (dropping your placeholder course, updating your cost of attendance with SFS, etc.).