Global Education

COVID-19 FAQ for Outbound Study Abroad

Will I be able to study abroad during the Fall 2020 Semester?

After a thorough review of global health reports, communications with our international partner universities, and consultations with International SOS, an industry leader in global health and safety management, HPU has decided to suspend study abroad programs for the Fall 2020 Semester. The Office of Global Education will work directly with students who were planning to study abroad during Fall 2020 to defer their participation or withdraw their application. We look forward to these students joining classes on the HPU campus this Fall.


Should I create a back-up plan in case semester study abroad programs are suspended?

Absolutely, yes. Students hoping to spend a semester abroad should make a backup plan to remain on campus at HPU if student mobility is suspended. This backup plan must include registration for a full course schedule and for campus housing. If study abroad is approved, students will be provided an opportunity to withdraw from their backup courses and housing prior to departure.


I’ve already been accepted to study abroad for the Fall 2020 Semester. Can I defer my acceptance to the Spring 2021 Semester?

In most cases, yes. Please contact the Office of Global Education for details. Students who are approved to defer to the Spring Semester will need to complete a new set of course approvals.


Will I be able to study abroad during the Spring 2021 Semester?

We really hope so! The deadline for applications is May 15th, 2020. The Office of Global Education will then review applications and communicate with partner institutions about nominations. Students will be contacted with updates about placements throughout the summer. The final call on Spring Semester 2021 programs won’t be made until the Fall Semester.


What factors will impact the decision on whether semester study abroad is allowed to move forward?

The Department of State currently advises U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19. It has issued a Global Level 4 Health Advisory – Do Not Travel. The lowering of the Department of State advisory is a prerequisite for any university-sponsored international travel to take place. High Point University will also be utilizing resources provided by International SOS, the CDC, and the WHO, in addition to advice provided by partner universities and their local and national governments.


Will I receive a refund of my semester study abroad application fee if my semester study abroad program is suspended prior to departure?

Yes. If HPU has to suspend your program prior to departure, a refund of your application fee paid to HPU will be refunded. Application fees are non-refundable if a student withdraws from a program prior to HPU suspending semester study abroad or if the program begins as planned and is suspended during the semester.


Does HPU require a comprehensive international insurance plan?

Your health and safety is our top priority. All students traveling abroad on official university programs will be enrolled in a comprehensive international medical insurance plan and risk management program. The premium for this plan, $325 per semester, will be billed to your student account as the International Health and Safety Fee. This is a two-part plan: the international medical insurance component is provided through GeoBlue; the risk management program is provided through International SOS. Students will be provided full details about the comprehensive plan during pre-departure orientation, including details on how to arrange treatment due to illness, register all international travel, access mental health assistance, and take advantage of safety and security resources prior to departure and during your time abroad.


What happens if my program is canceled midway through the semester?

High Point University will work with your host university to determine how you will complete the semester. In most cases, students would remain enrolled at the host university, although classes would be completed remotely from the comfort of your home. Students would return home as quickly as possible once the departure order is made by HPU. In order to limit the financial impact of returning home mid-semester, HPU recommends booking flights that offer flexible ticket change or cancellation policies, along with purchasing “cancel for any reason” trip cancellation insurance. Trip cancellation insurance should be purchased concurrently or soon after flights are purchased. Students are responsible for paying for their own flights to and from their host universities.

Office of Global Education

Location: Cottrell Hall, Suite 142
Phone: +1 (336) 841-9280
Mailing Address:
High Point University
Office of Global Education
One University Parkway, Drawer 24
High Point, NC 27268  USA

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