St. Edward’s and our foreign partners have been vigilantly monitoring developments around the world regarding the status of the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) and its possible risk to our students who are abroad as well as on campus. It is St. Edward’s top priority to ensure the safety, security and well-being of our students, for this reason, we have made the unprecedented decision to cancel all study abroad programs globally including spring and summer programming.  All students on study abroad programs must return home no later than March 20, 2020, students have been messaged accordingly. 

Please see the St. Edward’s University Alerts page for the latest information from the university.

Messaging sent to students abroad: 

  • Current update from St. Edward’s University to our Study Abroad community (March 14, 2020)
  • Previous COVID-19 update from St. Edward's University to our Study Abroad community (March 14, 2020)
  • Previous COVID-19 update from St. Edward's University to our Study Abroad community (March 12, 2020)
  • Previous COVID-19 update from St. Edward’s University to our Study Abroad community (March 11, 2020)
  • Previous COVID-19 update from St. Edward's University for our Study Abroad community (March 10, 2020)
  • Previous COVID-19 update from St. Edward's University for our Study Abroad community (Feb. 29, 2020)
  • Previous COVID-19 update from St. Edward's University for our Study Abroad community (Feb. 28, 2020)
  • Previous COVID-19 update from St. Edward's University for our Study Abroad community (Feb. 27, 2020)

Coronavirus Program Determination  

The St. Edward’s Study Abroad office will continue to use the CDC and/or State Department level rankings connected to coronavirus to evaluate programming on an ongoing basis.  For all programs, we use the following criteria:   

Prior to a Program Departure: 
If the warning level from the CDC or U.S. Department of State ranking is at 3 or above due to coronavirus concerns prior to program departure, the program will be suspended or canceled. Should this occur, students will be notified by Study Abroad staff directly.    

During a Program:  
If the CDC or U.S. Department of State issues a level 3 or above warning due to coronavirus concerns while a program is underway, the Risk and Emergency Management team will provide further information regarding what, if any, choices a student has at that time.   If a level 4 warning is issued from the State Department, we will recall students from the location.   

Summer 2020 study abroad program update

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have made the unprecedented decision to cancel all study abroad programs set for summer 2020. Our actions take into account our current review process for programs abroad listed below. 

The decision reflects the University’s interest in preventing exposure to the virus and the need for faculty and students to navigate unpredictable circumstances overseas, such as access to healthcare, disruptions to local services, and the potential for travel interruptions or restrictions. In addition, given the intensive block schedule of faculty-led Study Abroad programs, logistical disruptions could limit the ability to offer a high impact program abroad. Suspending our programs prioritizes the health and well-being of our University community members and supports the academic integrity of our study abroad programs. 

Study Abroad will evaluate all scheduled fall programming on April 15, 2020.