Information regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19)
The situation with the Coronavirus is on everyone’s mind right now, and we are working hard to help and support our students that are currently on exchange programs. All around the world, many countries are closing their schools, limiting daily life and advising their citizens to return home. On this page, we will answer some of the questions that you might have regarding the Coronavirus and how it will affect current and future exchange students and trips. Be sure to return to this page for further updates.
Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any further questions!
Current exchange student - How does this affect me and my trip?
We will keep you informed about the situation, by email and phone. We are in the process of contacting all students to provide instruction. It is our top priority to help and support you on your trip.
We ask you to always follow the guidelines of your local authorities regarding health and safety during the Coronavirus outbreak. Feel free to contact your local coordinator or local office at any time if you have any specific questions or worries about your trip.
Going on an exchange year 20/21 - What happens if I’m unable to travel because of the Coronavirus?
Our most important priority is that you feel safe going on an exchange year. Even if the situation looks dim right now, we can see a positive trend in the countries where the virus first was experienced, and we are optimistic about the summer. If there are travel restrictions in place at the time of your departure which prevent you from travelling, we will:
1. Provide an alternative country.
2. Defer the program to the future – either a flexible start date provided by the schools or postpone the program to the next intake.
3. Refund program fees, including the application fee.
Tips on how to stay ahead and healthy
We are following the global situation with COVID-19 on a daily basis. We receive routine guidance and updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), Council on Standards for International Educational Travel (CSIET) and a network of international education professionals. We are adhering to recommendations provided by official government sources.
We ask all of our students and their families to follow basic procedures as precautions:
- Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water.
- Maintain at least 3 feet distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
- Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.
- Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.
- Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance. Follow the directions of your local health authority.
- Keep up to date on the latest COVID-19 hotspots (cities or local areas where COVID-19 is spreading widely). If possible, avoid traveling to places – especially if you are an older person or have diabetes, heart or lung disease.
In the unlikely case a student might be experiencing illness as a result of COVID-19, eligible medical expenses incurred would be covered like any other sickness, under Educatius Group's policy.