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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 

Global Fairfield continues to monitor the evolution of the Covid pandemic and is aware of recent changes to US State Department and CDC travel advisories and risk assessment levels. At the current time, Global Fairfield is moving forward with study abroad for spring 2022 but we continue to assess a variety of risk factors and will continue to provide updates via our website and email. Some of the parameters we look at are the following:
 
Local laws and restrictions at our locations abroad aimed at containing the spread of Covid. These include restrictions on gatherings, mask mandates, vaccination requirements or negative Covid test for access to indoor recreational areas including restaurants, theaters, museums, arenas, etc. 

Current vaccination rates at locations abroad

Current data regarding cases, transmission rates, hospitalizations, and deaths.

Access to medical care and hospitals, including hospital and ICU capacity

Precautions partner schools continue to take including social distancing, mask mandates and cleaning and sanitation protocols they have put in place to mitigate the spread of Covid.

Air carrier and travel restrictions and requirements

We remind all students that participation in Spring study abroad will require full compliance with our vaccination and travel policy.  Any students with pre-existing health conditions are urgently reminded to access a confidential consultation with our International Insurance [CISI] medical experts to assist you in managing your health needs during your time abroad.  As always, please contact our office with any questions or concerns.

 Fairfield University COVID Policies

Updated: December 17, 2021

Vaccination Requirements and Local Laws
  • All students are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with a booster in order to participate.
  • Rules and regulations as they relate to COVID and study abroad will change. Students are responsible for keeping themselves informed through state department research, CDC website and foreign government resources.
  • Students are required to abide by all local laws while abroad and are responsible for ensuring the necessary steps are taking prior to departure, during the program, and upon return in complying with all local and foreign laws and policies.
Quarantine and Testing
  • All students will be enrolled in CISI for their semester abroad. This coverage will financially assist students with quarantine and some associated expenses. For full details regarding this coverage, please visit the Medical Insurance Information Provided in your studioabroad account.
  • Scheduling COVID-19 tests and the costs associated with testing are the responsibility of the student.
Traveling Abroad with COVID
  • No travel is permitted outside the students host country for the duration of the program
  • Students are required to report all intercountry travel with our insurance company every Thursday by 12 PM noon local time
  • All purchased flights must be with the approved Global Fairfield travel agent for your program.
    • Flights must be for the program start date and program end date. No deviations are permitted.
    • Purchased ticket must be changeable and refundable.
It is common that students enrolled in a study abroad program experience unplanned interruptions.  In situations like a flight delay, airport and/or border closures, or changes to Covid policy at your destination, it is necessary that students take the lead in managing their next steps. Global Fairfield will assist as best we can to mitigate interruptions, we cannot guarantee that the solution will be exactly what you want.
 

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 covidhealth@fairfield.edu.

11/9/2021
Due to recent regulatory changes in Europe regarding COVID students will need to verify that their vaccination date on their CDC vaccination White Card is not more than one year before their intended departure date from Europe

If the month and date of your date of vaccination precedes your program end date you will need to obtain a COVID vaccination booster.  You may choose to receive this booster from Fairfield or from an external provider.  If you receive your booster from an external provider you will need to register that booster with Fairfield as you previously did with your original vaccination - covidhealth@fairfield.edu.  If you have any questions please contact your study abroad advisor or Global Fairfield.

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 www.culturalinsurance.com/fairfield_U. The student's Studio Abroad account will have complete details on international insurance.
Please see below the CISI COVID-19 FAQ resource below:
CISI COVID-19 FAQs.pdf

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 https://www.culturalinsurance.com/academic-trip-protector-insurance-program.asp
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