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. We believe that reaching 100% vaccine compliance will better ensure these programs’ success with little to no disruption.
Students studying abroad must be aware that some countries may define “fully vaccinated” differently than the U.S. and may have different requirements for COVID-19 vaccinations and booster shots. At a minimum, students are expected to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as defined by the CDC (click here for the most up-to-date guidelines), as well as comply with the destination country/ies entry requirement(s) and testing protocols, which may indicate a more strict interpretation. Failure to comply with either could result in program dismissal.
Students who are not fully vaccinated may explore non-faculty-led program options (programs numbered JAN 440+). These programs involve less group travel, have separate vaccine policies, and may be able to consider medical and religious exemptions (dependent on location).
We recognize that ensuring our participants are vaccinated, in addition to following CDC recommendations before, during, and after traveling, is only part of the equation we must consider when evaluating the viability of off-campus programs. Each country has individual requirements and expectations around testing, vaccines, quarantine and isolation, mask-wearing, and other protocols. Some hotels and venues (such as museums, theaters, etc.) may require proof of a COVID-19 vaccine. Vaccinations may also eliminate the need for quarantine upon arrival and help mitigate the strain on local health care infrastructure. Finally, it is important to note that rules can change without warning and we believe these requirements must be followed closely by each participant to mitigate delays, disruptions, or dismissals.
Upon admission to their program of choice, students are expected to submit their vaccine records via their Wofford study abroad application by the established deadline. To ensure 100% compliance, those who do not upload their vaccine record in a timely fashion will be subsequently withdrawn from their Interim program. Students should contact the Office of International Programs with any concerns or questions about this deadline.
We encourage students to plan accordingly to ensure they will be in compliance with this policy and the requirements of their destination country/ies. Note: Failure to carry proof of vaccine while traveling could lead to disruptions that may result in a student's dismissal from the program. Such disruptions may include but are not limited to, difficulty arriving at the destination or a mandatory quarantine at government-sanctioned accommodations at the student's expense.
The Office of International Programs, together, with our partners overseas, continues to monitor and evaluate the conditions in each location. We encourage students to stay informed about COVID-19 and other health and safety concerns related to their destinations. Below are a few links students and their families may find helpful.