COVID-19 Information and Resources

COVID-19 Information and Resources

Studying abroad in the COVID era

To protect the health and safety of our students and staff and respect the wellbeing of the communities where we live and learn, IFSA has instituted a range of COVID-19 risk mitigation measures based on recognized best practices.

Keeping you informed

We continue to monitor the global situation closely and provide regular guidance to our students, parents, and partners. When conditions change, we will quickly enact our emergency response plan as warranted and post critical safety updates here. We certainly hope to avoid the need to end or cancel a program due to COVID-19, but in the event that this happens, you can find our withdrawal policy here.

Our vaccination policy

To protect the health and safety of our students and staff and respect the wellbeing of the communities where we explore and study, IFSA has instituted a range of COVID-19 risk mitigation measures. These are based on recognized best practices from authorities like the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization.

Vaccination is clearly the most important and effective way to prevent serious illness, hospitalization, and death due to COVID-19, as well as to minimize spread among students and communities. Beyond protecting student and community health, vaccination is also crucial for students to thrive. It enables a richer overall experience with broader program options and helps prevent quarantine and social restrictions, as well as added expenses like testing and quarantine housing.

For these reasons, all IFSA students are required to follow the latest vaccination and booster protocols for protection against COVID-19. In addition, we strongly recommend that students and homestay families follow current best practices for mitigating risk of exposure. 

Moving forward

As the pandemic evolves and vaccination rates around the world increase, mitigation measures are beginning to ease. IFSA staff will continue to remind students of steps they can take to keep themselves and their communities safe, including adhering to any local requirements in their host location

COVID-19 resources

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention Travel Health Notices

U.S. Department of State Travel Advisories

U.S. embassies & consulates