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.
Update: The CDC has advised against all non-essential travel to Iran and Italy (announced 2/28/20) and South Korea (announced 2/24/20). The CDC has also advised to practice enhanced precautions if traveling to Japan (announced 2/22/20).
- 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, including Study Abroad and Faculty-Led Short Courses, until May 12, 2020. Center City students currently abroad or planning personal travel internationally prior to May 12, 2020 must contact Jefferson Occupational Health Network (JOHN) on the Center City Campus at 215-955-6835. For students on the East Falls Campus, please contact the Student Health Center at 215-951-2986. This must be done before returning to campus.
- 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, including Study Abroad and Faculty-Led Short Courses until May 12, 2020.Faculty and Staff currently abroad or planning personal travel internationally prior to May 12, 2020 must contact Jefferson Occupational Health Network (JOHN). This must be done before returning to campus.
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.
Yes, as of March 12, 2020, the university has suspended all Study Away programs abroad for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Department of State elevated their travel warnings to Level 3 for all of Europe and the US Department of State has elevated their travel warning to Level 3 worldwide. That means the CDC has advised against all nonessential travel to Europe and the State Department has advised to reconsider all travel. In addition, yesterday many of our abroad program’s partner institutions made the difficult decision to suspend all in-person instruction. As a result, Jefferson Study Away students will need to return home to continue their studies remotely.
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, out of an abundance of caution, we made the difficult decision (as have other colleges and universities) to suspend all international university-related travel, including our Study Abroad and Faculty-led short courses, until May 12, 2020. This means that we are restricting any university-related travel for faculty, staff and students to anywhere outside of the U.S. for the spring semester. The only exception is if a faculty member is traveling internationally to address COVID-19-related issues. We will continue to monitor this situation carefully and make the appropriate and necessary decisions based on changes with the virus and CDC guidelines.
At this time, Jefferson is moving forward with all term programs for Summer 2020 and the 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.
No, at this time we are processing applications for the upcoming summer and fall study abroad programs as planned. We will communicate with students if it becomes necessary to make the decision to suspend those programs as well. Faculty/staff university travel restrictions after the spring semester also will be reviewed and may be continued after May 12.
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.
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.