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COVID-19 implications for education abroad programs

Updated: March 25, 2020. This is a constantly changing situation and information on this page is updated as quickly as possible. Please refer to the CDC for the most up to date information about COVID-19.
Spring and summer 2020 Education Abroad programs are canceled

K-State Education Abroad has been monitoring COVID-19 since January and communicating updates to students regarding their education abroad programs.

The university has canceled all spring and summer 2020 programs in accordance with CDC travel warnings and recommendations. Students are advised to come home. Additionally, some of the program provider companies that K-State works with have decided to cancel all their programs worldwide, and K-State Education Abroad is also working with those students coming back to the U.S.

U.S. citizens are not affected by the travel ban in the proclamation sent by President Trump on March 11 and can return to the U.S.

Per CDC, if students spent time anywhere in a country with a CDC Level 3 Travel Warning during the past 14 days, returning to the U.S. will require a 14-day quarantine period. Even if students do not have symptoms — i.e. fever, cough, difficulty breathing — there will be a required health screening and 14-day quarantine period, as recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment and the Riley County Health Department. If students are traveling to a location outside of Manhattan, they will need to contact the local health department in their jurisdiction and inform them of their recent travels.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment further recommends home quarantine to all travelers who traveled internationally on or after March 15th. Travelers are recommended to stay home for 14 days after you return, monitor your health, and practice social distancing. Social distancing means staying out of crowded places, avoiding group gatherings, and maintaining distance — approximately 6 feet or 2 meters — from others when possible.

Protocol for fall 2020 Education Abroad programs

Education Abroad is continuing to monitor the situation for fall 2020 programs, but at this point, the fall 2020 programs have NOT been canceled. Education Abroad is developing a protocol with input from K-State leadership and our education abroad affiliate programs about this constantly changing situation. The following is a proposed protocol for the cancellation of a program.

The following events, in isolation or together, may compel K-State Education Abroad to cancel or temporarily suspend an Education Abroad program:

  • An elevation of a CDC travel notice for a country to a Warning Level 3, Avoid nonessential travel;
  • An elevation in the U.S. State Department Travel Advisory for the country to a Level 4;
  • A recommendation by the host country or U.S. government to evacuate or immediately depart the host country.
K-State will continue to monitor changes

Though there are other potential circumstances that may also lead K-State Education Abroad to suspend or cancel a program, any of the conditions outlined above would serve as definitive justification for closure of a program prior to departure. Please note that, at this time, an elevation in the CDC Warning Level from 1 to 2 or U.S. State Department Travel Advisory from 1 to 2 will not prompt cancellation of a K-State Education Abroad program, but K-State will continue to monitor the CDC and U.S. Department of State for any changes or recommendations.

K-State Education Abroad will continue to monitor this situation and provide updates as necessary. For any questions or further information, please contact K-State Education Abroad at abroad@k-state.edu or 785-532-5990

 Travel insurance

Students may want to purchase comprehensive travel insurance, including trip interruption and trip cancellation coverage for any reason. This type of insurance will provide travelers with some financial support and flexibility to adjust travel as needed. There are many companies and organizations that offer travel insurance, including:

Kansas State University does not specifically endorse or recommend any particular company.  

For more information about how the university is preparing, visit K-State's COVID-19 update page.