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OEA COVID-19 FAQ

We are sharing the most recent update regarding Villanova University’s 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 modified operations.

 

Until further notice, all study abroad appointments will occur remotely via Zoom.  

Prior to your scheduled appointment, you will be emailed an access link for your appointment. You do not need to have Zoom previously installed; the only requirement is a device with internet access.

Appointment scheduling is available through Handshake.

Any necessary study abroad paperwork may be dropped off in the OEA/CRF lounge during normal business hours.  A mailbox will be available to collect forms and other documents. 

Students dropping off paperwork will be required to sign-in at the front desk.  

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 do not yet have an advisor, please visit the "Take the First Step" section of our website to learn more about getting started and making an appointment with an advisor.  

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. 

Update as of August 19, 2020

At this time the status of Spring 2021 study abroad opportunities is still not clear. The Office of Education Abroad is carefully monitoring the state of international programming and opportunities to travel for our students in the upcoming spring semester.  

We remain cautiously optimistic that some spring study abroad programming will be able to be offered.  However, there are many factors and resources that will go in to deciding whether or not spring study abroad will be possible. The primary resources to which we refer during this assessment include the US State Department guidance, CDC directives, and travel recommendations from our medical and security provider,  International SOS. The US State Department and CDC both recently reduced their posted ‘Worldwide Cautions’ which previously prohibited travel for US Citizens everywhere in the world. At this time, both organizations have returned to rating each country on an individual basis.  According to Villanova University policy, students are not permitted to travel to locations ranked Level 3 or 4 by the US State Department, or Level 2 or 3 by the CDC.  


In addition to using these sources, we are regularly evaluating foreign government border restrictions,mandatory in-country quarantines, visa processing limitations and flight availability, which add to the increased complexity of sending students out of the United States.  

Given the ever changing situation, we aim to have a formal University decision by mid-October as to the viability of Spring 2021 study abroad options for our students.  If you decide to defer to a future semester, please notify your OEA adviser of your plans and/or set up an appointment via  Handshake to discuss your options with them.  

If you have applied for participation in a non-Villanova coordinated partner program or University abroad, we encourage you to be in contact with your program to understand any changes that may have been implemented for the spring semester. Villanova-coordinated programs will issue our own updated plans in the coming weeks.   

Unfortunately, given the continued uncertainty around health concerns, anticipated travel restrictions, changes to overseas academic programs, and unanticipated lockdowns that could be imposed quickly, Villanova University has made the difficult decision to suspend the approval for undergraduate student participation in fall 2020 semester study abroad programs.

Moving forward, your OEA adviser is available via email or virtual appointment to discuss your specific situation and address any questions you may have regarding future plans.  If you’d like to schedule an individual appointment, please use Handshake to request a meeting. As a reminder, the Spring 2021 study abroad approval deadline is October 15, 2020

Contact Us!

Office of Education Abroad

Villanova University
Garey Hall, Top Floor
800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, PA 19085
Phone: 610-519-6412
Fax: 610-519-7649
Email: abroad@villanova.edu

Meet Our Staff

Take the first step: Register for an Information Session

Meet with a Study Abroad Adviser: Schedule an Individual Meeting