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 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.

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 are adapting their withdrawal and cancelation policies, given the unpredictable, quickly 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. As of late October 2020, some programs have been adjusted or suspended due to travel restrictions. Those programs currently slated to move forward may be adjusted in the coming weeks, depending on enrollment, travel restrictions, and the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19. Programmatic adjustments may include delayed start dates, components that include remote learning, restrictions in housing options, and limiting independent travel.

As the college continues to closely monitor the situation with COVID-19, we announced a decision to suspend the remaining five travel/study programs on January 11. This decision was made very carefully while weighing many factors, including, but not limited to:

  • The health and safety of our students, faculty and staff
  • Financial implications for students and families
  • Ethical concerns related to traveling to host communities
  • Logistical challenges surrounding group travel, potential travel restrictions and uncertainty of changing domestic and international COVID-19 policies and protocols
  • Adjustments needed to respond to and support successful travel and academic programming abroad and its impact on the student experience

Students who have paid a deposit for Interim 2021 travel/study will receive a refund posted to their accounts in the coming days. For questions related to Interim 2021 refunds, please contact the Business Office at 864-597-4228. Registration for all other Interim projects will take place February 2-3. For more information, please see the Interim website.