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COVID-19 Guidance

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COVID-19 Portfolio Programs

As the pandemic continues to impact study abroad opportunities, Education Abroad has curated a COVID-19 Portfolio for the 2021 academic year. The COVID-19 Portfolio represents a variety of geographic locations and academic disciplines, programs most frequently attended by Temple students, and partners with which we maintain a strong working relationship. These programs have met or exceeded the University’s established programmatic standards and student support protocols for operating during the pandemic. You can view the COVID-19 Portfolio by visiting our Explore Study Abroad Programs page and selecting “COVID-Approved Spring 2022” from the “Terms Offered” dropdown. 

We strongly encourage you to apply to a program in the COVID-19 Portfolio. However, if you do not find a program in the Portfolio that meets your academic needs, you may seek approval to study on another program on the Approved External Programs list. If you meet the application and eligibility requirements, your request will  be Conditionally Approved. Your selected program must be evaluated to ensure it meets the university’s established COVID-19 standards and approved by Education Abroad and International Risk Management. Your Program Manager will assist in this 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. 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:

  1. You withdraw from your program;
  2. Your external or exchange program is cancelled by the program or host-institution;
  3. Temple does not approve international travel to your host country, or suspends travel after approval is granted;
  4. 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.).