Adventist Colleges Abroad
COVID-19 SAFETY 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 Public Health advisory 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. Because this is a serious matter, refusing to comply with the COVID-19 protocol of the host campus can result in the expulsion of the student. 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.  ACA is strongly advising ALL interested students to get fully vaccinated before departing to their ACA program. Otherwise, unvaccinated students may not be allowed to participate in cultural tours or other program activities, as most restaurants, hotels, museums, etc abroad require full vaccination for entry. In addition many countries currently require full vaccination before entry in their territory. Sometimes a negative Covid test may be presented in lieu of a vaccination card, but keep in mind that Covid testing facilities abroad may not be conveniently located, appointments may prove difficult to schedule and any resulting inconveniences and financial costs of transportation and test fees are the responsibility of the student. Therefore, students who plan to attend an ACA program unvaccinated, are taking the risk of missing out on a significant part of the study abroad experience and/or incurring in extra costs.  Here are some guidelines: BEFORE YOU GO Annual Flu Shot Receive an annual flu shot, if available. COVID-19 Vaccines - Strongly Recommended Be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Check Latest CDC Recommendations For The Host Country Negative COVID-19 Test According to most airlines, you will need to get tested for COVID-19 the days before departure. Most countries require a “negative” result within 48 or 72 hours (check with your airline). Bring your test result with you to the airport. You may be required to show it before boarding your flight and to the Border and Customs agent upon arrival at your destination. Don’t Forget To Pack: AFTER ARRIVAL Possible Covid-19 Testing Upon Arrival Regardless if you are fully vaccinated and already presented a negative Covid-19 test before boarding, you may be required to be tested again for Covid-19 at your arrival airport. There may be fees for this test, so make sure you carry a credit card or a couple hundred dollars with you.  Health Screening 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 or whenever fear of exposure to the virus presents. Your program director will give you guidance about how courses will be conducted remotely during that time. Reduced Contact on Campus: in Dormitory, Cafeteria, and Classrooms Our campuses abroad are complying with WHO and their government guidelines. Social distancing is required on campus. Face Masks Required All students must arrive with face masks and wear them on campus if requested, and during program activities.  Frequent Hand Washing Students should wash their hands as frequently as possible. Health Monitoring Keep monitoring your health throughout your program, and do all you can to stay healthy. Make it a new habit. 😊 COVID-19 Testing for Symptoms or Exposure Students must immediately seek staff assistance to secure COVID-19 testing if they believe they have symptoms or have been exposed. Contact Tracing 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. Visitors on Campus Before making plans with your family or friends, check with your Program Director if visitors are allowed on campus and in the host country.  Immune Compromised Individuals ACA supports and will do our best to accommodate immune-compromised students. Please share your concerns with ACA before applying. COVID-19 Symptoms 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 an online program, but online courses will be offered to students in isolation until they can resume classes in person. Updated on march 23rd, 2022.