Covid-19 is a worldwide challenge that has created new dynamics for travel and study abroad. Our programs remain open in every country where it is safe to do so. We will continually monitor each country’s pandemic conditions and adjust as needed. While we take very seriously creating the conditions for academic success, we prioritize the safety of our students and staff. And by God’s grace, we have been able to offer life-changing experiences in safe environments. However, our commitment to safety is only made possible when our students understand their part in contributing to others’ safety. We all have the opportunity (and responsibility) to do the best we can to keep each other safe. This is our commitment to our students and our expectation of them. Here are some guidelines:
BEFORE YOU GO
Annual Flu Shot
Receive an annual flu shot, if available.
Receive your COVID-19 vaccine, if possible.
Please monitor your health for 14 days before departure.
Negative COVID-19 Test
According to most airlines, you will need to get tested for COVID the week before departure. Most countries require a “negative” result within 48 or 72 hours (check with your airline). Bring your test result with you. You may need to show it before boarding your flight and to the Border and Customs agent upon arrival at your destination.
Don’t Forget To Pack:
- Several masks – at least two for your trip, in your carry-on.
- Wear a mask at all times – at airports, in public transportation, inside planes, including bathrooms. This applies to all your trips, but primarily to your travel from the US to your program abroad.
- Hand sanitizer – bring enough for the whole duration of your trip and use it frequently.
- Thermometer – bring a thermometer for your daily temperature monitoring. During the first 14 days on campus, you will be required to take and record your temperature daily.
- Smartphone – to use in conjunction with daily monitoring and contact tracing. You should have an international data plan at departure (not required for the entire duration of the program) to contact your program director in case of an emergency. Not all international airports offer free Wi-Fi. Provide your program director with your cell phone number before your departure. Not only is it needed for emergency alerts from your program director or host country’s CDC, but also some countries may require students to download a Corona app to monitor exposure to the virus.
Health screening may take place at your destination airport and upon arrival to the host campus. They will reoccur throughout your stay as needed. Staff will instruct students on how to monitor for symptoms.
Isolation/Quarantine on Campus
Isolation/quarantine means you must remain strictly separated from others. You may be required to quarantine upon your arrival at the host campus. Your program director will give you guidance about how courses will be conducted remotely during that time.
Reduced Contact in Dormitory, Cafeteria, and Classroom
Conditions adjusted to abide by WHO and government guidelines to reduce contact. Social distancing is required on campus.
Face Masks Required
All students must arrive with face masks and wear them on campus and during all program activities.
Frequent Hand Washing
Students should wash their hands as frequently as possible.
Keep monitoring your health throughout your program, and do all you can to stay healthy. Make it a new habit. 😊
Free COVID-19 Testing for Symptoms or Exposure
Students must seek staff assistance to secure COVID-19 testing if they believe they have symptoms or have been exposed.
You will be required to participate with any contact tracing guidelines of the local community, potentially including mobile apps. Your program director will expand on this, if applicable.
No Visitors on Campus
Unless local guidelines change, students are not to bring any guests to campus. This includes family members and friends.
Immune Compromised Individuals
ACA supports and will do our best to accommodate immune-compromised students. Please share your concerns with ACA before applying.
Suppose you are feeling symptomatic at any time during the duration of your program. In that case, you must immediately isolate and notify your program director, who will assist you in securing medical attention.
Online Courses When Isolating
ACA is an immersive experience and not online, but online courses will be ensured to students in isolation until they can resume classes in person.