OEA COVID-19 FAQ

We are sharing an update regarding Villanova University‚Äôs response to COVID-19. The University is committed to the safety and health of our community and visitors to campus and has created a robust FAQ website with detailed information on the impact of COVID-19 on our community.

To ensure the highest level of service is still available to our students and their families, the Office of Education Abroad have outlined some of the most frequently asked questions about our ongoing remote operations.

 

Starting Monday, March 23, all appointments will occur remotely via Zoom, a video conferencing tool.

On the day before their scheduled appointment, students will be emailed instructions on how to use Zoom along with an access link for their appointment. Students do not need to have Zoom previously installed; the only requirement is a device with internet access.

Appointment scheduling is available through Handshake.

We understand that some of you may have concerns about the status of your study abroad participation next semester.  Given the current global situation, this is certainly an understandable position.  Because this is a fluid situation which requires constant reevaluation, and because nobody can predict what will happen by the fall, we are encouraging fall applicants to do the following:

  • Continue with your VU Passport and program application as planned.  If your program opts to cancel for the fall, or the situation requires reconsideration, OEA and your program will work with you find a reasonable solution
  • Register for fall courses here on campus during your normal registration period.  This will ensure that you are enrolled in the appropriate classes should your plans for the fall semester abroad change.
  • The Office for Residence Life will honor the three-year on-campus housing guarantee for rising sophomores and juniors whose fall 2020 study abroad plans are impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. For students who have confirmed that they will not be participating in their fall 2020 study abroad program and who want to live on campus, please contact the Office of Residence Life at residencelife@villanova.edu so that you can be assigned housing. The housing assignment locations will be based on where existing vacancies exist on campus.  
  • Keep opens lines of communication with your OEA advisor and your study abroad program provider.  If there are any changes to your program or status, be sure to communicate those decisions with all necessary parties.

Villanova is continuing to monitor the situations in all countries where we intend to send students.  We are working very closely with university officials and our onsite partners. We expect to have an initial decision on all May and Summer programs by the end of March.

If your program were to be cancelled due to COVID-19 you would be refunded your program deposit. Students who have already purchased airfare would need to work directly with the airline to discuss cancellation fee, and possible travel vouchers and or refunds.
 
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the OEA.

The OEA staff will continue to be available via email and by phone during normal business hours.  

If you already have an OEA advisor, you can continue to communicate with them, as normal, via email.

If you need to get in touch with the office via phone, please call our main line at 610-519-6412.  If your call is unable to be answered at that time, please leave a message with your full name, phone number and a brief message. Someone from our office will be back in touch with you shortly. 

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Office of Education Abroad

Villanova University
Middleton Hall 2nd fl.
800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, PA 19085
Phone: 610-519-6412
Fax: 610-519-7649
Email: abroad@villanova.edu

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