Freeman Abroad COVID-19 Updates

The Freeman School of Business Office of Study Abroad & Exchange, in coordination with the Newcomb-Tulane College Office of Study Abroad, Office of Emergency Preparedness and Response, Campus Health, and the Office of the Provost, is actively monitoring the evolving COVID-19 situation worldwide and making evidence-informed decisions to ensure students’ health and well-being.

View the university's response and resources, and learn about the coronavirus from the campus health center.  

  • Online information sessions are being held for students to learn about available programs. View dates and times.
  • One-on-one appointments with a study abroad advisor can be made online at https://sars.tulane.edu/eSARS/Business/eSARS.asp.
  • Virtual “walk-in” study abroad advising is available online Monday through Friday from 2:00 – 3:00 PM CDT. Visit https://tulane.zoom.us/j/993603892.
  • Survival Language classes have been suspended for the 2020-21 academic year. Stay tuned for more information for future semesters.

Current communications from the Freeman's Study Abroad & Exchange office to students are available below:

Fall 2021 Outbound Program Updates (8/02/2021)

Tulane University is permitting students to study abroad in the Fall. Freeman Study Abroad & Exchange in coordination with the Newcomb-Tulane College Office of Study Abroad, Office of Emergency Preparedness and Response, Campus Health, and the Office of the Provost, is actively monitoring the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation worldwide and making evidence-informed decisions to better assure students’ health and well-being.

 

The CDC and Department of State have recently raised the Travel Advisories for many host countries to a Level 4. At this time, Tulane University is not suspending programs in these areas. Students studying in a country with a Level 4 travel advisory should continue to remain in contact with their host university for any relevant updates. You can read more about how the CDC determines travel advisories here. Tulane will continue to work with our partner institutions and organizations abroad to monitor international travel advisories and guidance issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, the U.S. Department of State, and our international collaborators with respect to the health and safety of our study abroad programs.  

 

All Tulane students studying abroad are required to be vaccinated in Fall 2021. You must carry your vaccination card with you during travel. Remember that vaccine distribution is not universal—many of your host countries will not have vaccination rates parallel to those in the U.S. As such, mask mandates, social distancing, restrictions on business and restaurant operations, lockdowns, shifts to online or hybrid courses, curfews, and restrictions on movement and travel are all possible. You should be prepared to abide by all local and program health mandates regardless of your own vaccination status. Keep in mind that you are a guest in your host country and should be respectful of local communities by doing your part to help minimize the spread and impact of COVID-19. Students who are found in violation of program or local health mandates may be subject to disciplinary action upon return to Tulane or may be dismissed from the program.

Students must understand that Fall 2021 study abroad cannot be compared to pre-pandemic experiences. COVID mitigation measures will still be required and program modifications, interruptions, and/or cancellations are still possible, often with little to no prior warning. As you consider your plans for next semester, take into account the following questions:

  • What is your level of tolerance for program ambiguity as you move closer to the start date of your program?  
    Different programs will have varying timelines in terms of rendering final decisions on continuance, program alterations, or cancellation. Students should also be aware that for some programs, a level of uncertainty may persist beyond their program start date—abrupt border closures could cause a shift to online courses or even necessitate program cancellations.
  • What are the COVID-19 conditions in your host country and what is your willingness to follow program or host institution requirements such as mandatory quarantines, self-isolation or curfews? What are your expectations/goals for your semester abroad and will a modified program structure meet them?  
    You can expect program modifications due to COVID-19 will exist into the Fall semester. You may experience restricted mobility: weekend travel both in and outside of your host country may be limited, organized group trips may be limited or canceled, and housing arrangements likely will be altered for participant safety and proper social distancing. Many programs may ask students to agree to on-site codes of conduct requiring mask wearing and/or social distancing compliance, limiting outside guests, and prohibiting personal travel.   Some programs may be delayed due to suspensions in visa issuance or host country COVID entry restrictions. This may either preclude your travel altogether or shorten your time abroad (often to 89 days).
  • What is your host institution’s academic continuity plan?   
    You may find that your program is considering hybrid learning models where some or all instruction will be delivered online.  Are you comfortable taking some or all of your courses abroad in a virtual format? 
  • What are the refund policies of your study abroad expenses?
    Students should consider refund policies for room and board and flight purchases among other expenses necessary to study abroad.

 

Deferring, Withdrawing, or Changing Programs:
If you no longer plan to study abroad during Fall 2021 or your program information is not up to date in our system, it is your responsibility to inform our office immediately either via email, telephone, or  virtual appointment.  It is extremely important that students inform us of any changes to their study abroad plans as soon as possible so that we can respond effectively in the event of an emergency.
 
Registration in Study Abroad CRN and Back-up Courses:

If you have not already done so, login to Gibson and register for the study abroad placeholder course using the following CRN: 31488. Given the exceptional circumstances, students registered to study abroad through a Tulane-approved program were able to register for Fall 2021 on-campus classes as well as the placeholder course for a total of 31 credits: 12 study abroad placeholder credits and 19 on campus credits. Students should drop their Tulane enrollment once they have committed to their program. Back-up on-campus enrollment should be dropped no later than three weeks prior to your departure date. Students
with later program start dates in September or October should be aware of Tulane’s add/drop deadline.

 

Stay in Touch with Us:
Finally, should you have any questions while abroad, do not hesitate to reach out to your study abroad advisor (via email, Virtual advising appointments, telephone, as well as our daily walk-in hour Mondays - Fridays, 2-3 PM CDT, https://tulane.zoom.us/j/993603892). Studying abroad during a pandemic will be a uniquely challenging experience but remember that our office is here to support you throughout the process and even after you return. We wish you safe and healthy travels!

Summer 2021 Outbound Program Updates (2/23/2021)

Tulane has made the difficult decision to cancel study abroad for Summer 2021. This decision was made after careful consideration of a number of important factors including international travel warnings issued by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention and the U.S. Department of State, the continued fluctuation of COVID-19 cases globally, student health and safety concerns, evolving travel restrictions, the continued cessation of visa issuances, and the associated impacts on academic calendars around the world.

 

Students who want to request an exception to Tulane’s current restriction on non-essential international travel should complete this petition form, which will be reviewed by the Office of the Provost and Newcomb-Tulane College.  Petitions are due by March 1, 2021 at 5:00 pm. The Office of the Provost and Newcomb-Tulane College will consider exceptions to the study abroad cancellation in cases where the intended study abroad location would not increase risk to a student’s health and safety and only if students have adequately considered the inherent risks associated with international travel during the pandemic. Because of the rapidly changing nature of the global health crisis, any approvals will be contingent on conditions in the proposed host country at the time of departure.

 

We know so well the importance of global engagement opportunities in our world today and will continue to make intercultural exchange a priority at Tulane.  We recognize that many of our students will be disappointed by this decision. Although we understand and empathize with your disappointment, we must place the health and safety of our students and our responsibility to best manage this global crisis above all other considerations. Please know that the Freeman Abroad staff are here to support students and help them understand their options going forward. 

 

Next Steps:

 

Freeman study abroad participants may defer to a subsequent term or withdraw their applications entirely. Students should email their Freeman Abroad advisor or freemanabroad@tulane.edu indicating whether they will withdraw or defer. If deferring, students should specify the term they would like to defer to (Summer 2022, Fall 2021, Spring 2022, etc.) and make an appointment with a study abroad advisor to discuss program placement. Many programs for Fall 2021 still have spaces available. Students who defer will not need to reapply but will have the option to change host university preferences if they want to do so. Please either withdraw or defer your application by 5:00 pm on Monday, March 1, 2021. Summer 2021 applications that are still outstanding after this point will be withdrawn by Freeman Abroad staff. 

  

We will continue to update students on all related academic and safety decisions as the COVID-19 pandemic unfolds. We remain optimistic about the possibility to offer study abroad opportunities for Summer 2022 as well as Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 semesters. Please know that we are here to support you in navigating these difficult transitions. Your flexibility and resilience are continually impressive to us all.

Spring 2021 Study Abroad (Outbound Student) Update (10/23/2020)

Dear Tulane Community,

We write today to provide an update on Spring 2021 study abroad. The safety and wellbeing of our students remain our top priority. After careful consideration of a number of important factors including international travel warnings issued by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention and the U.S. Department of State, the continued rise of COVID-19 cases globally, student health and safety concerns, evolving travel restrictions, the continued cessation of select visa issuances, and the associated impacts on academic calendars around the world, Tulane has made the difficult decision to cancel study abroad for the Spring 2021 semester. Making this decision now gives our students more time to consider their options for a spring semester at Tulane and will allow our academic units to better position themselves to plan academic opportunities for our students. 

 

Students who want to request an exception to Tulane’s current restriction on non-essential international travel should complete this petition form, which will be reviewed by the Office of the Provost and Newcomb-Tulane College.  Petitions are due by October 28th at 5pm. The Office of the Provost and Newcomb-Tulane College will consider exceptions to the study abroad cancellation in cases where the intended study abroad location would not increase risk to a student’s health and safety and only if students have adequately considered the inherent risks associated with international travel during the pandemic. Because of the rapidly changing nature of the global health crisis, any approvals will be contingent on conditions in the proposed host country at the time of departure.

 

We know so well the importance of global engagement opportunities in our world today and will continue to make intercultural exchange a priority at Tulane. We will continue to provide global perspectives and international programming to our students during this time of limited mobility. We recognize that many of our students will be disappointed by this decision. Although we understand and empathize with your disappointment, we must place the health and safety of our students and our responsibility to best manage this global crisis above all other considerations. Please know that the Newcomb-Tulane College Office of Study Abroad and Freeman Abroad are here to support students and help them understand their options going forward. 

 

Next Steps:

 

Students Studying Abroad through the Newcomb-Tulane College Office of Study Abroad:

Moving forward, students have the option to defer to a subsequent semester or withdraw their application entirely. Students wishing to defer should email their study abroad advisor or osa@tulane.edu indicating the term they would like to defer to (Fall 2021, Spring 2022, etc.). Students who defer will not need to reapply through the Office of Study Abroad. Students wishing to withdraw should log in to their Tulane application portal, select "My Home" from the Applicant drop down and choose "Withdraw" under their current active application. Please either withdraw or defer your application by Friday, 10/30/20. Spring 2021 applications that are still outstanding after this point will be automatically withdrawn by OSA staff. 

 

Students Studying Abroad through Freeman Abroad:

Freeman study abroad participants may also defer to a subsequent semester or withdraw their applications entirely. Students should email their Freeman Abroad advisor or freemanabroad@tulane.edu indicating whether they will withdraw or defer. If deferring, students should specify the term they would like to defer to (Summer 2021, Fall 2021, Spring 2022, etc.). Students who defer will not need to reapply but will have the option to change host university preferences if they want to do so. Please either withdraw or defer your application by Friday, 10/30/20. Spring 2021 applications that are still outstanding after this point will be withdrawn by Freeman Abroad staff. 

 

Given the exceptional circumstances, students registered to study abroad through a Tulane-approved program may register for Spring 2021 on-campus classes as well as for the Spring study abroad program for a total of 28 total credits -- 12 study abroad “placeholder” credits and 16 on-campus credits. When you withdraw or defer your study abroad program, the 12 “placeholder” credits will be dropped from your schedule if you haven’t already dropped them yourself.

 

We will continue to update students on all related academic and safety decisions as the COVID-19 pandemic unfolds. We remain optimistic about the possibility to offer study abroad opportunities for summer and fall 2021. Please know that we are here to support you in navigating these difficult transitions. Your flexibility and resilience are continually impressive to us all.

 

If you have any questions, please contact your Study Abroad Advisor at the NTC Office of Study Abroad or at Freeman Abroad directly.

Sincerely,

Newcomb-Tulane College Office of Study Abroad and Freeman Abroad

Spring 2021 Study Abroad (Inbound Student) Update (10/23/2020)

After careful consideration of a number of important factors including the continued rise and uncertainty of COVID-19 cases globally, continued travel restrictions, and advice from the U.S. Department of State to pause exchange programs, Tulane has made the difficult decision to suspend all inbound exchanges for the Spring 2021 semester. 

 

Students who want to request an exception to Tulane’s decision should complete the “Incoming COVID-19 Considerations” form in their application on https://freemanabroad.tulane.edu/ by November 1, 2020. These forms will be reviewed by the Office of the Provost and the A.B. Freeman School of Business on a rolling basis. The Office of the Provost and Freeman School of Business will consider exceptions in extenuating circumstances and only if students have adequately considered the inherent risks associated with international travel during the pandemic. If you have already completed this form, it does not have to be re-done. 

 

Our hope is that providing clarity on this decision now will help you better plan your academic path for the Spring 2021 semester. 

 

We appreciate the importance of global engagement in our world today and will continue to make intercultural exchange a priority at Tulane. We recognize that many of you will be disappointed by this decision. However, the health, safety, and wellbeing of all students remains our highest priority. Please know that Freeman Study Abroad & Exchange is here to support you and help you understand your options going forward.  

 

Next Steps for Students on Inbound Exchanges:
Freeman exchange students have the option to defer to a subsequent semester, withdraw, or petition: 

  1. Students wishing to defer should contact their home university to request a deferral. Students who are approved by their home university for deferral to Fall 2021 or Spring 2022 will not need to reapply through the Freeman Abroad portal (https://freemanabroad.tulane.edu). 
  2. Students wishing to withdraw should notify Freeman Study Abroad & Exchange (freemanabroad@tulane.edu) and also notify their home university.   
  3. Students wishing to petition for an exception should fill out the “Incoming COVID-19 Considerations” form and should also email Freeman Study Abroad & Exchange (freemanabroad@tulane.edu).  

 

Spring 2021 applications that are still outstanding after November 1, 2020 will be automatically withdrawn by Freeman staff. 

 

We are optimistic about the possibility of offering inbound exchange opportunities for the 2021-2022 Academic Year, and know that we are here to support and help you navigate these difficult times. 

 

Please contact us at freemanabroad@tulane.edu with any questions you may have. 

Fall 2020 Study Abroad Update (6/6/2020)

Dear Students,

 

We write today to provide an update on Fall 2020 study abroad. The safety and risk concerns of our students are our top priorities. After careful consideration of a number of important factors including international travel warnings issued by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention and the U.S. Department of State, the continued rise and uncertainty of COVID-19 cases globally, student health and safety concerns, evolving travel restrictions, the cessation of visa issuances, and the impacts of academic calendars around the world, Tulane has made the difficult decision to cancel in-person study abroad for the Fall 2020 semester. Making this decision now gives our students more time to consider their options for a fall semester at Tulane, and our academic units will be in a better position to plan academic opportunities for our students. 

 

We know so well the importance of global engagement opportunities in our world today and will continue to make intercultural exchange a priority at Tulane. We recognize that many of our students will be disappointed by this decision. Although we understand and empathize with your disappointment, we must place the health and safety of our students and our responsibility to best manage this global crisis above all other considerations. Please know that the Study Abroad & Exchange office is here to support you and help you understand your options going forward. 

 

Next Steps:

  

Deferrals and Withdrawals:

Moving forward, students have the option to defer their semester abroad to a subsequent term or withdraw their application entirely. Students wishing to defer should email their Freeman Abroad advisor or freemanabroad@tulane.edu indicating the term they would like to defer to (Spring 2021, Fall 2021, etc.). Students who defer to Spring or Fall 2021 will not need to reapply through Freeman but will have the option to change host university preferences if they wish to do so. Students wishing to withdraw should log in to their Freeman Abroad application portal and choose "Withdraw" under their current active application. Please either withdraw or defer your application by Friday, 6/19/20. Fall 2020 applications that are still outstanding after this point will be withdrawn by Freeman Abroad staff. 

 

Fall Registration:

Given the exceptional circumstances, students registered to study abroad through a Tulane-approved program were able to register for Fall 2020 on-campus classes as well as for the Fall study abroad program for a total of 31 total credits -- 12 study abroad “placeholder” credits and 19 on campus credits. When you withdraw or defer your study abroad program, please drop the 12 “placeholder” credits and enroll in courses at Tulane. If you haven’t dropped by 6/19/20, the 12 “placeholder” credits will be dropped from your schedule for you. All students may still make adjustments to their on-campus course registration schedule at this time. Residence Life will release information about housing options in the coming weeks.

 

Exceptions:

Students are permitted to participate in “study abroad” programs offered fully online. The following universities have announced that they will offer courses online in Fall 2020: Vienna University of Economics and Business, Bocconi University, Rotterdam School of Management, University of Bologna, WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management, and EM Strasbourg Business School. If you would like to participate in one of these online programs in the Fall, please email your Freeman Abroad advisor. Additionally, Study Abroad & Exchange and the Office of the Provost and will review petitions for exceptions to the study abroad cancellation in cases where studying abroad would not increase risk to a student’s health and safety. Tulane students may also pursue study abroad through the leave of absence process. Please contact your NTC academic advisor if you plan to petition or if you would like more information on the leave of absence study abroad process. 

 

We will continue to update students on all related academic and safety decisions as the COVID-19 pandemic unfolds. We remain optimistic about the possibility to offer study abroad opportunities for the Spring 2021 semester. Please know that we are here to support you in navigating these difficult transitions. Your flexibility and resilience are impressive.

 

If you have any questions, please contact your Study Abroad Advisor in Study Abroad & Exchange.

 

Sincerely,

 

Tyler Young, Advisor for Latin America and Spain

Mary Hicks, Advisor for Asia, Australia and Europe (except Spain)

Mariette Thomas, Associate Director

Doug Blanchard, Assistant Dean

 

Study Abroad & Exchange

A. B. Freeman School of Business

Tulane University

Goldring/Woldenberg Business Complex, Suite 220

7 McAlister Dr. New Orleans, LA 70118

+1-504-865-5438

freemanabroad@tulane.edu