The College of Global Studies at Arcadia University is supporting a select number of study abroad programs in the United Kingdom for the fall 2020 semester. This decision has been made in close consultation with the medical and security experts at International SOS, Arcadia’s international assistance provider, and after a thorough assessment of the current conditions for travel to and study in the U.K., as well as plans from our University partners. The College’s Health, Safety, and Security team, in conjunctionwith our Resident Directors abroad, also evaluated the ability to adapt throughout the semester to mitigate risk.
Programs in the United Kingdom are supported by Arcadia staff at the Arcadia London Center and Arcadia Edinburgh Center. These offices will adhere to local guidance and requirements from Public Health England and Public Health Scotland, respectively, for operating, including social distancing, cleaning and disinfecting, and other precautions.
All programs offered are able to provide students with an online learning plan, should it become necessary, and have the demonstrated capability to quarantine or isolate students properly. All activities and events offered by Arcadia staff will be carefully evaluated and risk-assessed.
Students enrolled in these programs have received extensive communication regarding The College’s risk mitigation strategies and emergency planning. All participants will sign a document acknowledging the risks associated with travel as well as the rules of participation, which are necessary to promote the health and wellbeing of students and the community in which they study. Participants will also be provided with details about how to access support from Arcadia staff and International SOS 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, as well as information on how to access COVID-19 testing.
All participants are required to attend an advising interview with Arcadia TCGS staff to discuss:
Taking travel precautions, including wearing a mask, carrying hand sanitizer, and avoiding crowded groups as much as possible, as well as bringing multiple reusable masks and a thermometer.
Working with their home health care providers to ensure they can bring all the medication they’ll need while abroad and to discuss plans for care abroad with International SOS and Arcadia’s Health and Safetyteam. Proactively managing any pre-existing conditions or disability needs, as well as ensuring that students are up-to-date on all routine vaccines and the seasonal flu vaccine, will help prepare for a healthy semester.
Not traveling if they have any symptoms of illness. We will accommodate as much as practicable any late arrivals due to illness.
Preparing for quarantine. The U.K. government currently requires international travelers to quarantine for two weeks on arrival. If this requirement remains in place, students will be able to quarantine in student housing with support from Arcadia and their host institution.
Engaging in Arcadia's virtual orientation as well as their host institution’s orientation to ensure a thorough understanding of health, safety, and security process and protocol.
Monitoring their health and reporting any symptoms to program staff before attending class or other activities.
Staying home and notifying their host institution and Arcadia staff if they’re symptomatic, have been exposed to COVID-19, or have tested positive. We will support students with food delivery and in other ways if they need to self-quarantine and assist if they need to get tested.
The importance of proper hand hygiene and cleaning practices and the need to follow local regulations on social distancing, wearing a mask, and other precautions.
Following their host institution’s guidance. Each institution and location will have safety measures in place that may be different to what is advised at home.
Preparing for the possibility of a two-week quarantine period at any time during the semester as a result of contact tracing or lockdown due to increased community transmission.
Following all directives from their housing provider regarding cleaning, shelter-in-place, and room changes if they or other students need to be isolated.
Preparing for the possibility of varying academic delivery methods. Our overseas partner institutions are prepared to mix in-person, blended, and fully online learning approaches, depending on the circumstances.