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 developments related to COVID-19. Assessing the risk of the virus includes staying abreast of updates 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 rates, the status of local healthcare infrastructure, and developing local COVID-19 protocols.
Wofford’s partnerships with study abroad organizations provide for an extensive network of experts in international education, crisis management and health and safety response. In rare cases in which programs are suspended mid-semester due to security threats, health concerns or natural disasters, our partners provide appropriate responses that allow for students to complete their coursework back in the U.S., through an alternative program or relocate the program altogether (depending on the timing of the incident in question). In addition, Wofford students are covered by insurance that includes comprehensive coverage for medical evacuation (in the case of severe illness) as well as coverage for security evacuation. All of Wofford's partners have adjusted their withdrawal and cancelation policies, given the unpredictable, evolving circumstances. In the event that a program were to be canceled prior to the scheduled arrival date, every attempt will be made to find an alternate program for any affected students. Should a student prefer not to select an alternative in such a case, the student would be refunded all recoverable costs.
Wofford’s Incident Management Team and partners overseas continue to monitor the evolving situation surrounding COVID-19, including the developing information related to the omicron variant. Our partners are proceeding with plans to offer spring 2022 programming as scheduled, but will not hesitate to adjust those plans if needed. Adjustments may be made in response to enrollment, travel restrictions, and health and safety concerns surrounding COVID-19. These adjustments may include delayed start dates, components that include remote learning, restrictions in housing options, and adjusting travel plans in response to local COVID-19 travel restrictions and protocols.
Per the college's announcement on August 25, 2021, the college is now requiring COVID-19 vaccines for COVID-19 of all students and employees. In addition to providing protection against severe symptoms, hospitalization, and death, the vaccine reduces the risk of denied entry and quarantine, and it increases access to local events, services, and travel. Students with medical or religious exemptions should note that the host country laws, policies, and public health regulations supersede may not allow for such exceptions.
We encourage all study abroad participants to get their COVID-19 vaccine booster prior to departure if it has been more than six months since their single dose of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine or their second dose of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine. Students should not rely on being able to get booster shots abroad as this is far from certain in most cases.
For information regarding the vaccine policy for Interim 2022 travel/study programs, please click here.
Those participating in Interim 2022 travel/study programs should upload a complete COVID-19 vaccination card to the Wellness Center’s Patient Portal by October 1st. All other students must upload proof of vaccine no later than November 1.
Students should be prepared to present their vaccine records during travel and while abroad to gain access to public venues (restaurants, museums, etc.).
Wofford's partners for semester and summer off-campus study programs have fully developed COVID-19 plans that include protocols for quarantine/isolation and testing. Please see below for more information. For information regarding Interim 2022 travel/study programs, please click here.
We encourage participants to stay informed about traveling during the COVID-19 pandemic, including each country’s entry requirements and local protocols. Below are suggested resources with helpful information.