Freeman Abroad COVID-19 Updates

The Freeman School of Business Office of Study Abroad & Exchange, in coordination with the 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.  

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

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