The Study Abroad Office (SAO) takes the health and safety of every student participating on a study abroad program very seriously and therefore may cancel a program in order to ensure students’ safety. The Study Abroad Office (SAO) regularly monitors U.S. State Department international travel advisories, and announcements from the Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) and the Center for Disease Control (CDC). The SAO also consults with Consulates and Embassies and our overseas partner institutions in order to have up to the minute information on any countries where students are or will be studying.
Should a program cancellation become necessary for health and safety reasons prior to student departure, every effort will be made to refund recoverable costs to participants. The time of program cancellation will determine the actual recoverable costs. The closer the program is to the start date, the less recoverable costs will be available. For example, 3 months before a program starts, funds have usually already been paid to many hotels for deposits on housing. These deposits would be considered non-recoverable.
Should a program cancellation become necessary for health and safety reasons after students have arrived overseas, our refund policy is that every effort will be made to refund recoverable costs to the participants. Additionally, the Faculty Director and/or Study Abroad Office will, to the best of his/her ability, assist students in completing the course work for the program.
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