NOVEL CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) UPDATES

Masks are required as the campus is at red status.

COVID-19

Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 (posted July 21, 2021)

Fall 2021 and spring 2022 semester exchange programs continue to move forward. Students are able to travel abroad with university partners when approved by the Education Abroad Office following the UCA Travel Policy. The CDC recommends individuals do not travel internationally until fully vaccinated.

Students registering for programs agree to the following: I understand that UCA does not control requirements of vendors, universities, and other stakeholders for study abroad programing. Should a vendor or organization require masks, vaccinations, quarantine, or other measures regarding COVID 19, I agree to follow these requirements. While UCA and its partners will work to update students, it is ultimately the student’s responsibility to take measures to protect themselves from the spread of disease.

Summer 2021 Education Abroad Programming Update (posted January 29, 2021)

Due to the many travel and health related uncertainties of the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, the Office of Education Abroad, International Engagement and the Offices of the Provost and President have decided to cancel all UCA summer 2021 Education Abroad programming.

As always, CDC and US State Department travel advisories guide us in these difficult times. The U.S. State Department continues to recommend that U.S. citizens defer non essential travel due to the ongoing global pandemic.

For questions, please reach out to Dr. Phillip Bailey, Associate Vice-President for International Education and Engagement, phillipb@uca.edu or to Natalie Flemming, Education Abroad Director, natalief@uca.edu.

Summer 2021 Education Abroad Programming 

Given the ongoing risks and restrictions on travel during the COVID-19 Pandemic, we want to update you on UCA’s plans to support summer 2021 education abroad programs.

The Office of Education Abroad continues to make all necessary preparations for summer 2021 faculty-led and language immersion programs. The safety and security of all UCA students and our campus community are top priorities. While it is impossible to predict the conditions that will exist in summer 2021, we expect that we can wait until early March 2021 before having to make any decision regarding summer programs.

In the meantime we invite you to monitor the US State Department Travel Advisory website and the CDC Travel Notices.  The university cannot support education abroad programming to destinations with a CDC or US State Department Level 3 notice.

Please know that should a program be cancelled by the university due to the Pandemic, the university will refund 100% of all payments made to that point.

Spring 2021 Education Abroad Programming Update

Due to the many travel and health related uncertainties of the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, the university has decided to postpone all outbound spring 2021 semester exchange programs until fall 2021. The Office of Education Abroad is consulting with international partner universities to inform them of the possibilities for incoming exchange students in spring 2021.

As always, CDC and US State Department travel advisories guide us in these difficult times.

For questions, please reach out to Dr. Phillip Bailey, Associate Vice-President for International Education and Engagement, phillipb@uca.edu or to Natalie Flemming, Education Abroad Director, natalief@uca.edu.

UCA Travel Policy

UCA students may not use UCA Study abroad scholarships or other university financial aid to travel or study in locations rated at LEVEL 4 DO NOT TRAVEL on the U.S. Department of State’s Travel Advisory website. Students traveling in areas or countries with Level 1 and Level 2 ratings should consult the website and heed all warnings while avoiding all Level 4 areas or locations that may exist in some countries.  All travel to locations or countries with a LEVEL 3 RECONSIDER TRAVEL advisory must be pre-approved by the Office of International Engagement Associate Vice-President, Legal Counsel, the Provost and Executive Vice President, and the President of the University of Central Arkansas.

For more information, please contact staff at the International Engagement Office or the Office of Education Abroad.