Spring 2021 Study Abroad Information

Information for Spring 2021 Study Abroad Students

Global learning is vital to the mission of Creighton University. The Global Engagement Office (GEO) constantly monitors guidance from multiple organizations (CDC, WHO, United Nations Security Council, etc.) and local experts abroad to help us make informed decisions about Creighton University global learning programs. 

Spring 2021 Study Abroad Frequently Asked Questions

Can I apply to study abroad in Spring 2021?

Can I apply to study abroad in Spring 2021?

Yes! The Global Engagement Office (GEO) and our university partners abroad are working diligently to welcome study abroad students in Spring 2021 programs abroad. Applications are open for Spring 2021 programs on the Jays Abroad Portal, and most application deadlines are Oct. 1.

Students are encouraged to move forward intentionally with planning - be aware of program fees, deadlines, cancellations policies, and do not commit to non-refundable fees.

 

Is it safe to travel abroad?

Is it safe to travel abroad?

The World is opening for travel again, one step at a time. The Global Engagement Office (GEO) has been tracking the news events about the COVID-19 pandemic as well as about the reopening of various travel sectors around the world in order to better decide when, where, and how to resume University-sponsored international travel.

Travel abroad at any time requires travelers to be aware of the social and political atmospheres of their destination country and to apply common-sense precautions for health and safety while abroad. Travel abroad during this time requires an increased tolerance for ambiguity given the changing atmosphere surrounding COVID-19.

Creighton University is working closely with our partners abroad to plan for upcoming international travel. Based on consultation with travel security organizations, insurance underwriters, travel experts, and public health organizations worldwide, the following points of information will be considered in determining whether Creighton University-sponsored international travel will be approved.  GEO will conduct a risk analysis on an individual destination country and travel program basis.

Focus of Analysis

Factors to be Considered

U.S. National and Local Conditions

  • U.S. Department of State travel advisory of the destination country at Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution or below (exceptions to a location at Level 3: Reconsider Travel will be evaluated based on the nature of the advisory, development of special mitigation plans, and clearance from the University’s insurance underwriter);

  • U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention travel health advisory for the destination country at Level 2: Moderate Risk or below (exceptions to a location at Level 3: High Risk  will be evaluated based on the nature of the advisory, development of special mitigation plans, and clearance from the University’s insurance underwriter);

  • Destination country’s embassy and/or consular services open in the U.S.

  • U.S. (national) and Nebraska (state) requirements upon re-entry (i.e. quarantine, testing, etc.);

  • Clearance form University insurance underwriter;

  • Thoroughness of pre-departure planning / orientation;

Destination Country Conditions

  • Country intelligence reports (Alert Traveler, international organizations, etc.);

  • International arrival restrictions and port of arrival requirements (i.e. quarantine, etc.);

  • COVID-19 infection rate;

  • Availability of COVID-19 testing;

  • Reliability of contact tracing system;

  • Medical system capacity (hospital bed and ICU occupancy, ventilator availability, PPE supply, etc.);

  • U.S. embassy and consular services fully functional;

  • Airline schedules, booking policies and travel requirements;

  • Restrictions in coverage by supplemental health and travel insurance;

  • Restrictions for in-country recreational travel;

Destination Partner Institution Conditions

 

  • Partner institution COVID-19 safety plan (social distancing, sanitizing of premises, contact tracing system, availability of COVID-19 testing, availability of quarantine and isolations spaces, etc.);

  • Room and board arrangements (if not on institution’s premises);

  • Partner institution waiver requirement(s) (if any);

  • Academic continuation plan should a student return to the U.S. before the end of the study term (i.e. on-line or independent study options, etc.);

  • Student support programming.

Are all study abroad programs/destinations open for Spring 2021?

Are all study abroad programs/destinations open for Spring 2021?

Students are welcome to apply to any “Creighton-In” or ISEP Program available on the Jays Abroad portal. Placement in programs will be based on current and foreseen travel advisories and University risk management guidelines. As in any other semester, students must list at least two alternative program choices on the online application. Students should be prepared to be placed in an alternative location due to limited availability, program requirements, or ability to fulfill the criteria listed above. (See: Is it safe to travel abroad?)

What is the application & placement process for Spring 2021 programs?

What is the application & placement process for Spring 2021 programs?

Students are encouraged to begin an application for Spring 2021 study abroad on the Study Abroad website.  While most programs have application deadlines of  October 1, 2020, please note that students applying for most Creighton-ISEP Exchange programs must apply to both Creighton and ISEP by September 15, 2020.

Spring 2021 study abroad program placement process will begin after 15 September.  Students will be notified of their placement by e-mail.  

Have any programmatic changes been made to Spring 2021 programs?

Have any programmatic changes been made to Spring 2021 programs?

Some programs may adjust things such as program start and end dates, in-country travel, and co-curricular experiences. We will update online program brochures on the Jays Abroad Portal to reflect changes of which we are notified. Students must be timely and responsive in their communication with the GEO and host institution regarding any program updates and/or changes.

Will any Spring 2021 study abroad programs be cancelled due to COVID-19?

Will any Spring 2021 study abroad programs be cancelled due to COVID-19?

The current global pandemic is an ongoing, constantly evolving situation which requires continuous review. As such, decisions will be made on a program-by-program basis throughout the coming weeks. GEO will continue to monitor COVID-19 infection rates around the world in accordance with recommendations from the CDC, the WHO, and local governments where our programs operate and analyze the ability to comply with the seventeen criteria for resumption of international travel put forth by the University.

Should I be registered for classes and housing in Omaha, too?

Should I be registered for classes and housing in Omaha, too?

Yes. To be as prepared as possible, GEO requires that all Spring 2021 study abroad students are prepared with a backup plan for academic courses and housing should s/he need to remain in Omaha during the Spring 2021 semester. You will be instructed by your Global Programs Coordinator when/how to drop your Omaha course registrations.

What are the financial implications if my program is cancelled?

What are the financial implications if my program is cancelled?

There will be no study abroad fees assessed by Creighton University if your program is cancelled before departure. You will pay tuition and fees to Creighton University for your semester on Creighton’s campus. If you have paid any fees or deposits to your host university abroad, you will be required to adhere to that institution’s specific cancellation and refund policy.

We strongly recommend that you DO NOT make travel arrangements, pay non-refundable housing deposits, or pay for visa processing until you program is confirmed and it is necessary to do so.

 

What are the financial implications if I withdraw from my program and the program has not been cancelled?

What are the financial implications if I withdraw from my program and the program has not been cancelled?

Depending on the timing of your withdrawal, you may be responsible for the non-refundable $100 Creighton Global Security Fee. If you have paid any fees or deposits to your host university abroad, you will be required to adhere to that specific institution’s cancellation and refund policy.

We strongly recommend that you DO NOT make travel arrangements (see FAQ on flight plans below), pay non-refundable housing deposits, or pay for visa processing until you program is confirmed and it is necessary to do so.

 

What will happen to my scholarships or financial aid if I do not participate in my study abroad program due to cancellation or withdrawal?

What will happen to my scholarships or financial aid if I do not participate in my study abroad program due to cancellation or withdrawal?

How scholarships and financial aid are impacted depends on several factors:

  • Type of aid and scholarships that you receive
  • Timing of the cancellation or withdrawal
  • Academic options available through the host institution/organization or Creighton after the cancellation or withdrawal

The Financial Aid Office will work individually with each student to review your specific situation. 

Will the required health insurance in the Global Travel Security Program cover me if I get sick while abroad?

Will the required health insurance in the Global Travel Security Program cover me if I get sick while abroad?

The insurance provided by CISI insurance covers emergency medical costs during your time abroad. You can read the policy details HERE. All travelers should maintain primary health insurance coverage while abroad. The travel insurance offered by the GEO is a supplemental policy.

When should I book my flights?

When should I book my flights?

The Global Engagement Office (GEO) recommends waiting to book any nonrefundable flights until it is absolutely necessary to do so. We also recommend purchasing flight insurance through your airline, which is different from the supplementary travel / emergency medical insurance provided by Creighton. Creighton cannot refund any part of your flight if you were to cancel your trip or return earlier than planned.

Do I need to purchase additional travel or trip cancellation insurance?

Do I need to purchase additional travel or trip cancellation insurance?

Due to the unpredictable nature of international travel at this time, we encourage you to purchase a refundable/changeable airline ticket and/or additional flight or trip cancellation insurance from the airline or another company. The required supplemental travel insurance included in the Global Travel Security Program does not cover flight change costs due to a pandemic. Creighton cannot refund any part of your flight if you were to cancel your trip or return earlier than planned.

What happens if there is a new wave of the virus while I am abroad? Will I be sent home?

What happens if there is a new wave of the virus while I am abroad? Will I be sent home?

Both home and abroad, Creighton University will continually monitor data surrounding the COVID-19 respiratory disease pandemic and consult with experts in all program locations. Consistent with the University's Travel Policy, if being abroad presents a significant risk to your health and safety, Creighton University may make the decision to call you back from your program abroad. If this is necessary, the Global Engagement Office will notify you and advise on next steps.

Study Abroad programs for Spring 2021 will be approved partly on the basis of the assurance from our institutional partners abroad that you will be able to complete courses in remote format should you need to return to the US early.

Creighton University does not guarantee that you will be able to identify viable replacement courses at Creighton if you need to return early and you will be required to complete the approved courses from your host institution abroad regardless of timing of your return. Only courses with significant experiential components will be considered for replacement at Creighton.

There will be no tuition refunds should students elect not to complete their courses with the university abroad.

Are there online global programs I can do from home?

Are there online global programs I can do from home?

Yes, coming soon! There are many opportunities that offer rich global learning through online platforms. Please visit the Jays Abroad Portal to browse online/virtual opportunities abroad or contact studyabroadadvisor@creighton.edu to set up an advising appointment with a Creighton Global Programs Coordinator.

Will there be a study abroad fair this fall and will it be held before the Spring 2021 application deadline?

Will there be a study abroad fair this fall and will it be held before the Spring 2021 application deadline?

Yes! We will host a virtual “Study Abroad Week” in September with many sessions that you can choose to attend including:

  • Study Abroad for Business Students
  • Study Abroad for Nursing & Pre-Health Students
  • Study Abroad in the College of Arts &Sciences
  • Opportunities in the Dominican Republic
  • Service-Learning Programs Abroad
  • Short-Term Study Abroad Opportunities
  • Affordable Destinations and Scholarship Info
  • Passport Application Info-session