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COVID Updates

Please see below resources from Fairfield University and our global partners regarding the COVID-19 preparedness plans and student resources.


Fairfield University COVID Updates and Policies

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement

Beginning Fall 2021, all students studying abroad will be required to be vaccinated against covid-19. Throughout the decision-making process, university leadership consulted with the Fairfield University Covid Task Force, partners abroad, and sought guidance from statements and regulations from the CDC, the US Department of State and the national health guidelines in each country where study abroad is operating. As we look forward to brighter days, we must remember that the evolution of the pandemic is still fluid and it inherently requires us all to adapt to new information and circumstances. 
Upon approval to study abroad, students will be required to submit proof of vaccination to

Fairfield Responsible Engagement Policies

A few key notes to highlight from this policy:
  • Students are not approved to travel outside of their host country.
  • If a student violates the Responsible Engagement Policy and finds themselves quarantined away from their study location or unable to reenter their program country the student will be subject to removal from their program, no academic accommodations will be made by the host university and no program fees will be refunded.
  • All students must complete the CISI travel log weekly and no later than 12-noon local time every Thursday.

International Insurance Policy

Fairfield University provides all students studying abroad with international medical and emergency insurance coverage for the dates of their study abroad program. Federal law requires all students to maintain domestic year round coverage in the U.S. even while the student is studying abroad. This means, students should remain enrolled on the policy of their parent or guardian,  or in Gallagher Student Health Insurance through Fairfield University (or on their home universities domestic coverage plan) while on their program abroad.
Students enrolled in any Center or Approved Partner Program will be automatically enrolled in CISI Health Insurance from the start date to the end date of your study abroad program. This insurance program is included in the program fee, and there is no additional cost. This coverage does not replace your primary insurance but does provide extensive medical and emergency coverage.
To learn more information regarding your Fairfield University coverage with CISI, visit The student's Studio Abroad account will have complete details on international insurance.
Please see below the CISI COVID-19 FAQ resource below:

Travel Protection for Academic Travel (CFAR-IFAR)

If you have any concerns about the financial impact if your program abroad will be canceled prior to departure or while abroad, you can enroll in Cancel for any Reason (CFAR) or Interrupt for any Reason (IFAR) travel insurance.   These plans can help protect your prepaid costs if you are forced to cancel or interrupt your travel for any reason Pre-paid costs might include a VISA application fee, books, supplies, travel arrangements or activities while in country, or airfare to your study abroad location.  
Through our partnership with Cultural Insurance Services International, we have identified World Trip Protector Plans offered by Travel Insured International as a provider with options that may be of benefit for you.   To learn more about these travel protection plans or request a quote, please visit
Fairfield University does not endorse any specific carrier and purchase of CFAR insurance is not required, however, Global Fairfield strongly encourages students and their families to research travel protection options and consider purchasing a plan in order to limit the financial impact should you need to cancel your program abroad.

Partner and Onsite COVID Updates and Policies