Safety During a Pandemic

IFSA has been working closely with students, emergency contacts, and university partners since the beginning of the COVID-19 global pandemic in early 2020. We continue to monitor the global situation very closely, communicating regularly with our students and partners, and providing guidance and updates.

IFSA evaluates program viability and overall safety based on a number of factors. Visit our IFSA Matrix tab for more information.

Along with the safety of our students, IFSA also works to make studying abroad something that will not be a financial burden. Our Future-Focused Guarantee refund policy is designed to help. View the details below.

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IFSA is wholly committed to protecting the health and safety of our students and staff and respecting the wellbeing of the communities where we live and study. To this end, we have instituted a range of COVID-19 risk mitigation measures based on recognized best practices.

Vaccination is clearly the most important and effective way to prevent hospitalization and death due to COVID-19, as well as to minimize spread among students and communities. Beyond the primary goal of protecting student and community health, vaccination is crucial for students to thrive while abroad by enabling a richer overall experience with broader program options and avoiding additional quarantines, testing expenses, housing costs, and social restrictions. For these reasons, we require all participating IFSA students to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, effective for our Winter and Spring 2022 terms.

We will continue to revise and improve our COVID risk mitigation measures as conditions and knowledge evolve.

Alerts / Announcements

Recent health & safety alerts from our program locations.

  • Wear a facial mask.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then dispose of the tissue in the trash.
  • Disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

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Reach Out To Us
Contact the local emergency number provided to you during orientation or local authorities. For non-emergencies, reach out to resident staff during office hours.
Our health and safety staff are located globally to assist you in the event of an emergency. For assistance, you can reach a crisis manager at the following number, 24/7:

1 (866) 726-9540