Study Abroad FAQ

Updated March 12, 2020, at 4:30 p.m.

Due to increasing concerns about the global spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), Bucknell University has recalled all students on study abroad programs. 

 

Bucknell is requiring all students enrolled in any international program to return to the United States as soon as possible. This requirement applies to students in all countries regardless of program location.

Faculty associated with "Bucknell In" programs and our study abroad partners have been advised of this requirement and will be working with staff in the Office of Global & Off-campus Education to facilitate travel.

Any students requiring special consideration should immediately contact the Office of Global & Off-campus Education at globaled@bucknell.edu or 570-577-3796.

We are doing everything we can to ensure that our students in study abroad programs are able to return home as quickly as possible.

Please note: Bucknell is unable to provide campus housing to students returning from abroad during the spring semester. 

FAQ: Study Abroad and International Travel

What other travel restrictions are in place?
On March 12, 2020, President Bravman suspended all University-administered travel, including but not limited to conference attendance, training and development, and grant-supported travel (both international and domestic).

On March 6, 2020, President Bravman directed all individuals returning from Italy or any other country subject to a Travel Notice at Level 3 or higher to stay away from campus for a period of 21 days after their date of departure from the foreign country. This 21-day after-travel precaution only applies to individuals returning from countries subject to a Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) Travel Health Notice at Level 3 or above. This directive remains in effect for any individual who travels to an affected country regardless of the dates of travel and includes individuals traveling for spring break.

On March 3, 2020, the CDC recommended that individuals returning to the U.S. from a country subject to a Level 3 Travel Health Notice should stay home after leaving the foreign country and practice social distancing to slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the U.S.

More information about travel restrictions

Can individuals returning from international programs or other international travel return to campus immediately?
In order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 as recommended by the CDC, the 21-day after travel precaution only applies to individuals returning from countries subject to a CDC Travel Health Notice at Level 3 or higher. Following current CDC guidance, individuals returning from travel in any other country are not subject to the 21-day after-travel precaution. This protocol is subject to change as guidance from the CDC and local health officials evolves.

On March 10, 2020, President Bravman announced that Bucknell will move to remote learning for the rest of the spring 2020 semester. Students were directed to return to campus to pick up their belongings and move out of campus housing by 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 17. Students who may be returning from a Level 3 area are requested to observe the 21-day after-travel precaution period. They may make arrangements for picking up their belongings after 21 days by contacting the Office of Student Affairs at deanofstudents@bucknell.edu.

How is the University monitoring who has come back to campus and whether they have waited 21 days?
While Bucknell does not have the legal authority to enforce restrictions on personal activity to limit the spread of COVID-19, individuals are expected to respect President Bravman's directive and the health and safety of the Bucknell community by engaging in self-monitoring. Any individual recognized as being on campus within the 21-day after travel period will be reminded of the expectation that they return home and asked to leave campus and take precautions to monitor their own health for the remainder of the 21-day period.

Will students in our overseas partner programs be able to complete their course work remotely?

Due to increasing concerns about the global spread of COVID-19, Bucknell is requiring all students enrolled in any international program to return to the U.S. as soon as possible. This requirement applies to students in all countries regardless of program location.


The Bucknell Office of Global & Off-campus Education is committed to working with all partners in effort to ensure continuity in academic programs for students whose study abroad program has been interrupted. Please contact the Office of Global & Off-campus Education to discuss your situation.

Is Bucknell pulling all of its students from all study abroad locations, even low-risk areas?
Yes. Bucknell is requiring all students enrolled in any international program to return to the U.S. as soon as possible. This requirement applies to students in all countries regardless of program location.

If a student's overseas program is canceled, can they stay in the host country on their own?
Bucknell is requiring all students enrolled in any international program to return to the U.S. as soon as possible. This requirement applies to students in all countries regardless of program location.

If students cannot continue their coursework from their overseas program, can Bucknell arrange for courses?

Bucknell is working with international partners to confirm remote delivery of academic programs for sites that close prior to the scheduled end of the program. However, there may be programs that cannot be accommodated through the international partner. In those unusual situations, Bucknell will work with individual students to consider options to complete a semester program.

Will Bucknell provide financial assistance to students who are billed for unexpected costs related to travel if the student returns to the U.S. early from a study abroad program?

Bucknell is reviewing all relevant terms and conditions in all agreements related to study abroad to evaluate responsibility for any additional costs that may be incurred due to changes in study abroad programs as a consequence of global medical issues. All families are encouraged to review the terms and conditions of their own agreements with individual providers as well.

Airlines are also adjusting change fee policies in light of the COVID-19 situation, which may provide a source of relief for families. Each situation presents different related costs and responses due to terms of the program providers and/or the circumstances related to the international program. Please contact the Office of Global & Off-campus Education to discuss your situation. 

If students affected by closure of overseas partner programs drop below full-time status due to lack of course availability, will that affect their financial aid?

On March 5, 2020, the U.S. Department of Education Office of Federal Student Aid issued guidance to institutions of higher education to accommodate students whose enrollment is disrupted by COVID-19. The guidance recognizes the need for flexibility in a number of areas related to federal student aid that may be impacted by COVID-19, including student enrollment status changes and calculation of satisfactory academic progress. Bucknell is evaluating the options made available to Bucknell and its students in regard to continued eligibility for federal student aid and will work directly with students who may experience impact to their federal student aid due to a change in their academic program.

What will happen to study abroad programs scheduled for this summer?

All "Bucknell In" summer programs have been cancelled.

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