Coronavirus FAQs


Contact

Amy Lancaster
Dean of international programs
Email: lancasterae@wofford.edu
Phone: 864-597-4430

For more information visit:
wofford.edu/coronavirus

The Wofford College Incident Management Team, composed of staff from the Office of International Programs, the Wellness Center and others, is working with overseas partners to monitor updates related to COVID-19. Assessing the risk of the virus includes staying abreast of information from governmental agencies, local and international media outlets, and a network of health and security professionals. The college monitors travel restrictions; entry requirements; testing availability and protocols; transmission, hospitalization, and vaccination rates; the status of local healthcare infrastructure; and evolving local COVID-19 protocols.

Wofford’s Incident Management Team and partners overseas continue to monitor the situation surrounding COVID-19. Wofford College intends to run Interim travel/study programs as planned in 2023. Given the uncertainties associated with travel, however, the College reserves the right to adjust an Interim travel/study program if, solely in their best judgment, College officials conclude that unforeseen and/or immediate circumstances (including, but not limited to, natural disasters, political turmoil, global pandemic, or indisposition of sponsor) pose a risk to students, program leaders, or the integrity of the program.

Due to the increased risk associated with travel and evolving entry requirements and quarantine protocols, all participants in Wofford faculty-led travel/study programs must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, with no exceptions. Please see the COVID-19 Vaccine Policy for Travel/Study Programs here for more information about the requirement and how to upload proof of vaccination.

Students participating in Interim programs offered through the College’s study abroad partners (projects numbered JAN 440+) are responsible for purchasing their own airfare. Wofford College recommends that these students wait to purchase airfare until they have received confirmation of all departure and arrival details from their program. At this time, most programs have recommended waiting until approximately 30 days before the program’s start date to purchase flights, though they may make this purchase earlier if their program has sent confirmation of the final departure and arrival details. When students decide to make travel arrangements, we recommend they purchase flights directly from their airline of choice or a trusted travel agent. We strongly suggest purchasing flights with flexible booking policies that may cover any itinerary changes or cancellations.

Students participating in Wofford College faculty-led programs (projects numbered below JAN 440) are not responsible for purchasing their airfare as the program travels as a group. Group flights are coordinated by the program’s faculty leaders, the details of which will be communicated to the students prior to the program’s departure.

For students participating in Wofford faculty-led travel/study programs (projects numbered below JAN 440): Students are responsible for any fees associated with testing prior to departure. The posted fees for Interim 2023 include the cost of any routine COVID-19 tests mandated on-site at the program's destination(s). Routine testing requirements for each program will vary based on location and itinerary. As with any expenses incurred on-site for other medical reasons, students in need of medical treatment or COVID-19 testing due to symptoms/exposure are responsible for those costs, either by paying on-site or billed later by the college. All students traveling on Wofford faculty-led programs abroad are provided with international health insurance through CISI. Please click here for details regarding coverage and filing a claim with CISI.

For students participating in partner-sponsored travel/study programs (projects numbered JAN 440+): Wofford's partner programs for interim travel/study have fully developed COVID-19 plans that include protocols for COVID-19 testing. Students should refer to materials and communication provided by their program for specific information. Students participating in OIP partner-sponsored programs abroad will also receive international health insurance through their program and should refer to their program materials for specific plan information.

For students participating in Wofford faculty-led travel/study programs (projects numbered below JAN 440): If a student needs to quarantine/isolate while on-site during the program, program leaders will work with local partners to identify appropriate quarantine/isolation space, as needed. As with any expenses incurred on-site for other medical reasons, students in need of medical treatment or quarantine/isolation due to COVID-19 are responsible for those costs, either by paying on-site or billed later by the college. All students traveling on Wofford faculty-led programs abroad are provided with international health insurance through CISI. Please click here for details regarding coverage and filing a claim with CISI. If a student's sudden need to quarantine/isolate or seek medical treatment on-site delays their travel, the college will arrange for a program leader to remain in that location to serve as a support at no cost to the student. If a new return flight is needed, then the program leader will assist with rebooking, though the student will be responsible for the expense of their own return ticket.

For students participating in partner-sponsored travel study programs (projects numbered JAN 440+): Wofford's partner programs for interim travel/study have fully developed COVID-19 plans that include any protocols for quarantine/isolation. Students should refer to materials and communication provided by their program for specific information. Students participating in OIP partner-sponsored programs abroad will also receive international health insurance through their program and should refer to their program materials for specific plan information.

All students participating in Interim travel/study programs abroad will be enrolled in an international health insurance plan, the cost of which is included in the program fee. Students participating in Wofford faculty-led travel/study Interims abroad (included in projects numbered below JAN 440) will have international health insurance coverage through CISI (see plan details here). Students participating in OIP partner-sponsored programs abroad (projects numbered JAN 440+) will receive international health insurance through their program and should refer to their program materials for specific plan information.

Given the uncertainties and risks associated with travel, Wofford College highly recommends that students participating in Interim travel/study programs consider purchasing travel insurance (also commonly referred to as "trip insurance”). Travel insurance is coverage designed to protect against risks and financial losses resulting from travel interruption (e.g., delayed travel) or travel cancellation. Individual participants are responsible for the decision to purchase travel insurance, and Wofford College has identified several possible plans that participants may consider (see below). Participants are not required to purchase travel insurance, nor are they limited to the plans listed by Wofford: Participants purchasing travel insurance may use their discretion to select a plan that best suits their needs. The cost, coverage, and terms and conditions of travel insurance varies, and benefits and eligibility may depend on the date of enrollment into the travel/study program; please refer to individual plan details for more information. (As participants consider options, they should also be aware that not all plans will include coverage for travel cancellation or interruption due to COVID-19). Please note that travel insurance is separate from international health insurance, though some travel insurance plans may include some health/medical benefits. All students participating in Interim travel/study programs abroad will be enrolled in an international health insurance plan, the cost of which is included in the program fee.

Examples of Travel Insurance Plans:
Individual participants may choose to follow the directions within each link to get a quote.

We encourage Interim travel/study participants to stay informed about traveling during the COVID-19 pandemic, including host country entry requirements and local protocols, in addition to U.S. re-entry requirements. Below are suggested resources with helpful information.