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UW Education Abroad COVID-19 FAQs

  1. How is the University of Wyoming monitoring the COVID-19 situation worldwide? A task force of university officials is monitoring the outbreak of the respiratory illness COVID-19 worldwide. To assess risks related to education abroad travel, the university uses a number of resources, including governmental agencies, news reports, professional health and security organizations, and more. Within the University website, you can find official updates from the university and updates from the Global Engagement Office.
  2. How does the University of Wyoming make decisions about its education abroad programs? The University of Wyoming takes guidance from the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the US Department of State, and the World Health Organizations. When making decisions about specific programs, we also consider local conditions as well as input from peer institutions and our overseas partners.
  3. What would happen if a University of Wyoming education abroad program is suspended? The University of Wyoming works closely with our academic partners who provide education abroad programs with the goal of mitigating potential impacts on students’ academic progress. For information on a specific program, please email the Education Abroad Office at uwyoabd@uwyo.edu.
  4. If a student chooses to leave a study abroad program that has not been suspended, how might that student’s academic credit be affected? The University of Wyoming understands that personal tolerance for risk may vary, and that final decisions will be made between a student and their family. If students choose to leave a program and return home, we respect that decision. Students should contact the Education Abroad Office for coordination assistance as soon as a decision has been made, and we would recommend they notify their academic adviser of their choice as well. We will work with our partners to try to support the student’s completion of their work with that program, but awarding of academic credit will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis and is not guaranteed.
  5. What changes has the University of Wyoming made to its education abroad programs in light of the COVID-19 outbreak? 
    • As of April 9th, the University has suspended all future University student travel through July 1st. We have recommended all students studying abroad for the Spring 2020 return home immediately.
    • We have cancelled all our summer faculty-directed programs with May, June and July start dates. We will make a determination about August start programs in early summer.
    • Students who have returned home, have been asked to self-monitor and self-isolate for two weeks to reduce the risk of spread of infection upon return to the U.S.
    • Students who have continued with their education abroad program should continue to check for notices from UW Education Abroad. Should a student have made the decision to stay in their host country, they have been asked to sign a waiver.
    • We are working with our education partners to develop online learning capabilities wherever possible for students who departed a program early.
  6.  Who will the University of Wyoming contact with updates? UW will directly contact students abroad with updates as necessary. All members of the UW community can find updates at our dedicated COVID-19 webpage.
  7. Who can I contact about education abroad and the coronavirus situation? Please contact the Education Abroad Office at uwyoabd@uwyo.edu with questions.

 

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