Travel & Study Abroad Program Information
COVID-19 Situation Summary
Coronaviruses are a large and very common family of viruses. Symptoms are often mild, like a cold; however, a new strain of the virus—called a novel coronavirus—was identified in December in Wuhan, China. Human infections with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continue to be reported in Wuhan—the outbreak’s epicenter—at a rapid rate. According to the CDC, people with confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus have had symptoms, including fever, cough and shortness of breath that can range from mild to severe.
For more information about the coronavirus, including specific information on symptoms, complications, transmission, prevention and treatment, you can visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization websites.
This is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation and CDC will provide updated information as it becomes available, in addition to updated guidance. For more information on the coronavirus, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.
COVID-19 Information for Travel
Travel advisories are changing often. Please check the CDC travel advisories page often for latest information.
- Employees, faculty and staff (as well as students associated with our Center City programs) who are returning from international travel must check in with Jefferson Occupational Health Network (JOHN) by phone (215-955-6835) prior to returning to work/school. During off hours you may contact our JeffConnect telehealth service.
- East Falls Campus students returning from international travel must check in with Student Health Services by phone (215-951-2986) prior to returning to school. During off hours you may contact our JeffConnect telehealth service.
- STUDENT TRAVEL
If you are planning to participate in upcoming study away, international short course, or other University-sanctioned international trip please make sure it is coordinated with Dr. Madeleine Wilcox of the Study Away Office (email@example.com) for East Falls Campus students, or Janice Bogen in the Office of International Affairs for Center City Campus students (firstname.lastname@example.org). Please note that the University has suspended all university related travel indefinitely, pending the status of the COVID-19 pandemic and accompanying local and state ordinances. This travel suspension policy will be regularly reviewed and updated as conditions warrant.
- FACULTY AND STAFF TRAVEL
If you are planning an international trip on behalf of Jefferson you must reconfirm your travel plans with your supervisor and notify the Office of International Affairs (email@example.com). Please note that the University has suspended all university related travel indefinitely, pending the status of the COVID-19 pandemic and accompanying local and state ordinances. This travel suspension policy will be regularly reviewed and updated as conditions warrant.
Thomas Jefferson University Study Abroad Program FAQs
Our top priority is the safety and welfare of all members of the Jefferson community. As COVID-19 is an evolving situation, these questions and answers will be updated regularly. Any students with questions or needing assistance in any of Jefferson’s study away programs, short courses or other may call 215-951-2815 or email TJU_EF_StudyAbroad@Jefferson.edu or firstname.lastname@example.org.
I am a Jefferson Study Away Student and have questions about the impact of COVID-19 on my program. Who do I contact?
Please contact the Director of Study Away at 215-951-2815 as well as your host program.
Please consult the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for guidance on travel restrictions and the latest information about the Coronavirus. The CDC has recently issued travel warnings and alerts for China, South Korea, Iran, Italy, and Japan, which include avoiding all non-essential travel to Italy, mainland China and South Korea.
At this time, Jefferson is moving forward with all study away programs for 2020-2021 academic year. In the event that that should change, students will receive notification and guidance from us about other programs and Study Away office work with Residence life as well as their academic departments to support them in course enrollment and accommodations for the Fall 2020 semester.
Jefferson has made the difficult decision to join many of our peer institutions and suspend Study Away programs for Fall 2020. This decision was based upon guidance from the Department of State, Centers for Disease Control and The World Health Organization; indeterminate travel restrictions; and potential for disruptions to study away academic plans and learning. We have communicated directly with affected students and will continue to monitor the evolving situation as it relates to future Study Away programs.
Since the university has suspended all officially sanctioned international travel, will I receive a refund?
The university is working to ensure our students do not bear the direct financial costs that may result due to this decision. Please consult with the Office of International Affairs on the Center City Campus at oia@Jefferson.edu or the Study Away Office at TJU_EF_StudyAbroad@Jefferson.edu on the East Falls Campus for instructions and more information or visit the Study Abroad website.
I am a Jefferson student returning from abroad, who do I check in with when I return to the United States?
Students arriving in the United States from abroad must check in with the Director of Study Away at TJU_EF_StudyAbroad@Jefferson.edu or with the Office of International Affairs at email@example.com. Students arriving in the United States who have been in the countries below within the past 14 days must self-quarantine at home for 14 days upon their return:
- South Korea
- European countries including: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Monaco, San Marino, Vatican City, the United Kingdom and Ireland: England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland
Please refer to the CDC’s guidelines for self-quarantine instructions: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/guidance-prevent-spread.html.
After the 14 days, prior to returning to any Jefferson campus, students must call Student Health Services (East Falls) at 215-951-2986 or Jefferson Occupational Health Network (JOHN) in Center City 215-955-6835 for a screening to be cleared to return to campus life. Any students showing symptoms of COVID-19 will be referred to the CDC and local Department of Health for further evaluation. For additional after travel precautions please visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/after-travel-precautions.html.
Jefferson is following the guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the U.S. Department of State, as well as taking into consideration local conditions and the advice of our host institutions.
If a student is sick prior to departure, we recommend they visit Student Health Services and contact the Study Away Office at 215-951-2815.
Please be advised that unless Jefferson has officially cancelled the program, students are responsible for all costs related to withdrawal, as acknowledged in the student’s signed decision statement. Financial liability will be determined according to how far into the process the student is at the time of withdrawal. Any extenuating circumstances will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Students who wish to withdraw must submit a request in writing to TJU_EF_Studyabroad@jefferson.edu. Additional withdrawal policies can be found here.