Freeman Abroad COVID-19 Updates

The A. B. 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 rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation worldwide and making evidence-informed decisions to ensure students’ health and well-being.

For information about the coronavirus and Tulane's response, please see https://campushealth.tulane.edu/health-center/primary-care/infectious-disease-care/coronavirus-covid-19

For additional FAQs click here.

All communications from the A. B. Freeman School of Business Study Abroad & Exchange office to students are available below:

Summer Programs Updates (4/1/20)

Dear Summer Applicants, 

We are sure that the past couple of weeks have been difficult. We hope that you and your family are healthy and safe and that you are slowly settling into a new routine for your course work via remote learning. Unfortunately, due to the CDC and State Department global travel advisories issued in light of the evolving COVID-19 situation, all travel for Tulane Summer 2020 study abroad programs has been cancelled.  

I know that this is very disheartening for all of you. If your program switches to a remote learning mode, you are still welcome to participate. Otherwise, we encourage you to consider the following options: 

1.    Move your Summer 2020 application to Summer 2021
2.    Withdraw your application and receive a refund of your commitment deposit

If you have questions or wish to discuss these options, please feel free to contact our office. 

We are very sorry that Summer 2020 university-approved international travel has been suspended. We know that you put a lot of time and energy into the decision to study abroad this summer. Thank you for your flexibility and understanding in this extraordinary time. 

Sincerely, 

Study Abroad & Exchange

A. B. Freeman School of Business

Tulane University

(406) 304-6746

freemanabroad@tulane.edu

http://freemanabroad.tulane.edu/

Continuity of Operations (3/23/20)

Dear Students,

 

During this time of suspended in-person services, the Freeman Study Abroad & Exchange office continues to offer services via remote channels (Zoom, email, phone, etc.).

 

Advising Staff

Tyler Young, Advisor for Latin America and Spain, tyoung11@tulane.edu

Mary Hicks, Advisor for Australia, Asia and Europe (except Spain), mhicks4@tulane.edu

Mariette Thomas, Associate Director, mthoma3@tulane.edu

 

Appointments

All appointments are being conducted via Zoom. Visit https://freemanabroad.tulane.edu/index.cfm?FuseAction=StaffMain.Home to make an appointment with your study abroad advisor. Once you’ve booked an appointment, your advisor will send you the link to your Zoom meeting. You can join the meeting by computer or phone.

 

Virtual Walk-In Hours

The Freeman Study Abroad & Exchange office will offer virtual walk-in hours Monday - Friday from 2:00 - 3:00 PM. Click https://tulane.zoom.us/j/993603892 during walk-in-hours to connect with a study abroad advisor. 

 

Info Sessions

We will continue to offer study abroad info sessions online through Zoom at https://tulane.zoom.us/j/978283612. Info sessions are mandatory for all Freeman study abroad applicants as a starting point for the application process. A presentation will include insights from past participants as well as review eligibility criteria, program costs, how to select the best program for your needs, and the application and course approval processes. Log on to https://tulane.zoom.us/j/978283612 during one of the following times to attend:

 

Date

Time

Mon 3/30

1:00 PM ­– 2:00 PM

Wed 4/15

12:00 PM – 1:00 AM

Thu 4/23

11:00 AM ­– 12:00 PM

Mon 4/27

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

 

Survival Language Classes

Survival French, Spanish, German and Mandarin language classes are now offered online! Visit https://freemanabroad.tulane.edu/index.cfm?FuseAction=WebsiteAdmin.AnnouncementView&Announcement_ID=4219 for the survival language class schedule and the link to the online courses.

 

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have questions or there is anything we can do to support you.

 

Kind regards,

 

Mary, Mariette & Tyler

 

Study Abroad & Exchange

A. B. Freeman School of Business

Tulane University

(406) 304-6746

freemanabroad@tulane.edu

http://freemanabroad.tulane.edu/

Information for Fall 2020 Applicants (3/20/2020)

Dear Study Abroad Fall 2020 Student:

 

The A. B. 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 rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation worldwide and making evidence-informed decisions to ensure students’ health and well-being. Our paramount concern is the health and safety of our students.

 

We will remain hopeful that fall programs will run as normal, but we also want to be prepared should the COVID-19 situation continue into the Fall semester.  We hope to provide more clarity on Fall study abroad by the end of April.

 

What you should do now to prepare for Fall study abroad:

  1. Program Updates: Please be in close contact with your study abroad advisor and/or host institution for updates on the context in your host country.
  2. Secondary Applications: We realize that secondary applications for some programs are due before April 30th. You should continue with secondary applications as if programs will run unless you hear differently from your study abroad advisor or host university.
  3. Post-acceptance Documents: Complete as normal. Freeman Abroad will be flexible on deadlines for these until we have final confirmation of program viability.
  4. Visas: We recommend that you familiarize yourself with the visa process and collect all necessary documents. If possible, students should wait for program confirmation from Freeman Abroad and their host institution before applying. If you have concerns regarding the visa application timeline in light of the uncertainty caused by COVID-19, please contact your study abroad advisor directly.
  5. Flights: We recommend that you do not purchase flight tickets at this time. However, if you feel the need to purchase now, it is in your best interest to purchase a refundable ticket and travel insurance. Please read all airline and travel insurance policies carefully should you decide to book your flight as some policies may not cover cancellations due to COVID-19.
  6. Housing: We recommend that you do not submit housing deposits until we know the status of Fall 2020 programs. However, housing on some programs is allocated on a first-come first-served basis. If you feel it is in your best interest to apply for housing now, please familiarize yourself with the refund policies in case of program cancellation. 

 

Additionally, Tulane will also be implementing the following flexibility options for all students registered to study abroad through a Tulane-approved program:

 

Fall Scheduling Flexibility: Given the exceptional circumstances, students registered to study abroad through a Tulane-approved program will be able to register in April for Fall 2020 on-campus classes as well as for your Fall study abroad program. This allows you to register for Tulane fall classes as if you were not planning to study abroad, while also preserving your study abroad option. Students will be permitted to register for 31 total credits: 12 study abroad “placeholder” credits and up to 19 on campus credits. Once you've decided whether you're studying abroad or not, please drop either the on-campus classes or the study abroad classes, as appropriate.

 

Term Flexibility: For those who would like to postpone study abroad to another term, please write to freemanabroad@tulane.edu to change your application for a future semester. There is no need to reapply. 

 

We thank you for your patience and flexibility at this time as the COVID-19 situation unfolds. Should you have any questions or concerns about study abroad for Fall 2020 please do not hesitate to reach out to our office or schedule a remote meeting with a study abroad advisor here.

 

Best,

 

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

Information for Summer 2020 Applicants (3/20/2020)

Dear Study Abroad Summer 2020 Applicant:

 

The A. B. 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 rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation worldwide and making evidence-informed decisions to ensure students’ health and well-being. Our paramount concern is the health and safety of our students.

 

We will remain hopeful that summer programs will run as normal, but we also want to be prepared should the COVID-19 situation continue into summer. All travel for study abroad is currently on hold given the Department of State global travel advisory. We hope to provide more clarity on summer study abroad by the beginning of April.

 

What you should do now to prepare for summer study abroad:

  1. Program Updates: Stay in contact with your program advisor or host institution for updates on the context in your host country.
  2. Flights: We recommend that you do not purchase flight tickets at this time. However, if you feel the need to purchase now, it is in your best interest to purchase a refundable ticket and travel insurance, however please be aware that some refund and travel insurance policies may not cover cancellations due to pandemics such as COVID-19. Students should read all refund and insurance policies in relation to flight purchases carefully.
  3. Cancellation/Postponing: For those who would like to cancel or postpone your summer study abroad until summer 2021, please write to your program advisor or freemanabroad@tulane.edu to change your application. Students wishing to withdraw should contact their program advisor or freemanabroad@tulane.edu for a full refund of your program deposit.

 

We thank you for your patience and flexibility at this time as the COVID-19 situation unfolds. Should you have any questions or concerns about study abroad for summer 2020 please do not hesitate to reach out to our office.

 

All the best, 

 

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

Level 4 Travel Warning (3/19/2020)

Dear Study Abroad Student,

 

The U.S. Department of State has raised the Global Health Advisory to Level 4: Do Not Travel. U.S. citizens who are abroad are advised to immediately return to the United States, unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.

 

Many countries are experiencing COVID-19 outbreaks and implementing travel restrictions and mandatory quarantines, closing borders, and prohibiting non-citizens from entry with little advance notice.  Airlines have cancelled many international flights and several travel operators have suspended operations or cancelled trips.  If you choose to remain abroad, there is the possibility that you will not be able to leave due to travel restrictions and lack of flights and will stay beyond your visa and your enrollment in the university you are attending.  

 

We advise that all students making arrangements to depart study abroad to begin by contacting their airline directly to change your return flight.  As this is a difficult time for booking travel, you may find long wait times with the airlines and booking agents. Tulane’s Travel Services, through World Travel, are also available to assist you in this rebooking. You can reach World Travel, Tulane’s Travel Agency, at their international toll free number: +1-865-777-1600. Please mention that you are a Tulane student.   

 

  • If you face extenuating circumstances that would make return impossible: you should complete this petition to remain as soon as possible
  • If you have already completed this petition but have decided to depart or if you have made any changes to your itinerary not already communicated to Freeman Abroad (new booking, change of dates/flights): Email freemanabroad@tulane.edu your flight confirmation

 

If commercial flights are no longer available in your host country, please contact Global Rescue. Global Rescue is available 24 hours/7 days per week and can be reached via phone or email:

 

1.800.381.9754

Toll free in US or Canada

+1.617.459.4200 International

or email: operations@globalrescue.com

 

We realize that this is extremely disappointing news and causes enormous inconvenience for you. Like all of you, we are dealing with this global crisis as best as we're able. Please let us know how we can support you.

 

Best,

 

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

Australia Programs Advisory (3/15/2020)

Dear Australia Based Student,

 

Last night Prime Minister Scott Morrison issued a global Level 4 travel ban for Australian citizens, strongly recommending that Australian nationals not leave the country, and those abroad should return home. Though you may not be an Australian citizen, this will impact you. 

 

One of our top concerns is students being unable to return home. As inbound international flights slow, there will be fewer outbound flights as well. It will be harder to leave unless you leave soon. There is the possibility that, should you stay, you will not be able to leave due to the lack of flights and will stay beyond your visa and your enrollment in the university you are attending.  

 

We advise that all students making arrangements to depart study abroad to begin by contacting their airline directly to change your return flight.  As this is a difficult time for booking travel, you may find long wait times with the airlines and booking agents. Tulane’s Travel Services, through World Travel, are also available to assist you in this rebooking. You can reach World Travel, Tulane’s Travel Agency, at their international toll free number: +1-865-777-1600. Please mention that you are a Tulane student.   

 

If you face extenuating circumstances that would make return impossible: you should complete this petition to remain as soon as possible.

 

If you have already completed this petition but have decided to depart or if you have made any changes to your itinerary already communicated to Freeman Abroad (new booking, change of dates/flights): Email freemanabroad@tulane.edu your flight confirmation.

 

We know that this is incredibly disappointing on so, so many fronts. We love study abroad or we would not be in this profession, but we are concerned about restricted travel options for students in this unprecedented time.

 

All the best, 

 

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

Global Programs Closure (3/16/2020)

Dear Study Abroad Students and Parents,
 

The A. B. 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 rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation worldwide and making evidence-informed decisions to ensure students’ health and well-being. Our paramount concern is the health and safety of our students.

 

As you are no doubt aware, Tulane University has made the difficult decision to close all of our programs globally effective immediately. We realize that this decision may come as a disappointment to many of our students, particularly those who are currently abroad in destinations which may not necessarily be feeling the immediate impact of novel coronavirus at this time. Please know that the decision to cancel all programs was made in conjunction with professional emergency assessment and response personnel, and is based primarily upon concerns regarding travel restrictions that may complicate students’ return home, as well as the increased suspension of programs and universities across the world. Recent weeks have shown us that these restrictions on travel and program cancellations can happen quickly and without warning, at times even overnight. Our mandate to return hopes to avoid situations where students may become trapped in their host country following the imposition of travel bans.

 

That being said, we also understand that everyone has an individual threshold for assessing and responding to risk, and that some students may be concerned regarding the risks of undertaking international travel at this moment in time. Should students face extenuating circumstances that would make return impossible, they should complete this petition to remain as soon as possible.

 

Students who are approved to stay in their current study abroad location should understand that they may be subject to unexpected travel restrictions or program changes, as well as an increasing lack of available return flight options as airlines restrict service. These factors could prevent a student from leaving the country to the extent that they overstay their current student visa. Unfortunately, the Freeman Abroad office has an extremely limited ability to assist in matters related to international travel restrictions and embassy or visa related concerns.

 

Should students petition and be approved to stay, we recommend downloading both the Global Rescue GRID app and the State Department’s STEP app. Tulane contracts with Global Rescue, a medical, intelligence, and security crisis response service. Coverage through Global Rescue is included in the cost of your program. The GRID app will provide you with real-time updates and alerts relative to your area and can also be used in the event of an emergency to make others aware of your location or ask for immediate assistance. You can read more about the app and Global Rescue services here: https://grid.globalrescue.com/portal/tulane/index.html.

 

We would also recommend that students register themselves in STEP. This program also provides alerts similar to Global Rescue, but also informs the local embassy of your presence in country in case of emergency. Students can enroll in STEP here: https://step.state.gov/

 

Travel Arrangements for Departure: We advise that all students making arrangements to depart study abroad to begin by contacting their host program director and your airline directly to change your return flight.  As this is a difficult time for booking travel, you may find long wait times with the airlines and booking agents. Tulane’s Travel Services, through World Travel, are also available to assist you in this rebooking. You can reach World Travel, Tulane’s Travel Agency, at their international toll free number: 865-777-1600.  Please mention that you are a Tulane student.   Please note: There is a $20 after hour fee and $19 agent fee to issue a ticket with World Travel.

 

 

In the case of emergency evacuation, Global Rescue can assist in making departure plans. Global Rescue is available 24 hours/7 days per week and can be reached via phone or email:

1.800.381.9754

Toll free in US or Canada

+1.617.459.4200 International

or email: operations@globalrescue.com

 

Financial and/or Personal Implications of Return Travel: We realize that sudden changes in study abroad travel plans may lead to a challenging personal circumstance or a financial burden for our students and their families. We are committed to assuring that none of our students will be left in a vulnerable situation. Should a student find that they are left financially or otherwise vulnerable by their sudden departure from study abroad, please write to Erica Woodley, Dean of Students, at ewoodley@tulane.edu.

 

Academic Continuity: Some students may have the option to continue their current program through remote learning. That should be a first choice for completion. For all other students, please be in touch with your host program and the Freeman Abroad office about academic continuity solutions. The A. B. Freeman School of Business has no plans to deny students general elective credit for courses completed remotely. In the event that you cannot complete courses online, we will work with you on an alternative solution.

 

We know that right now is a trying and stressful time. We commend you all for your flexibility and your calm in managing such uncertainty.  Your ability to navigate the emotions of uncertainty, disappointment, and vulnerability caused by this unprecedented global challenge of COVID-19 in an international setting is commendable. The Freeman Abroad office, in coordination with the Office of Emergency Preparedness and Response, Campus Health, and the Office of the Provost, is here to support you and make adjustments to help ease your transition process back home.

 

All the best,

 

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

 

Global Programs Closure (3/15/2020)

Dear Study Abroad Students and Parents,

 

The A. B. 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 rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation worldwide and making evidence-informed decisions to ensure students’ health and well-being. Our paramount concern is the health and safety of our students.

 

Tulane University has made the difficult decision to close all of our programs globally effective immediately. This decision was based upon concerns about travel restrictions that may complicate students’ return home and the suspension of programs and universities across the world. Should students face extenuating circumstances that would make return impossible, they should complete this petition to remain as soon as possible. 

 

Travel Arrangements for Departure: We advise that all students making arrangements to depart study abroad to begin by contacting their airline directly to change your return flight.  As this is a difficult time for booking travel, you may find long wait times with the airlines and booking agents. Tulane’s Travel Services, through World Travel, are also available to assist you in this rebooking. You can reach World Travel, Tulane’s Travel Agency, at their international toll free number: +1-865-777-1600.  Please mention that you are a Tulane student.  

 

Once you have booked your flight, please email your flight itinerary to freemanabroad@tulane.edu.

 

In the case of emergency evacuation, Global Rescue can assist in making departure plans. Global Rescue is available 24 hours/7 days per week and can be reached via phone or email:

1.800.381.9754

Toll free in US or Canada

+1.617.459.4200 International

or email: operations@globalrescue.com

 

Financial and/or Personal Implications of Return Travel: We realize that sudden changes in study abroad travel plans may lead to a challenging personal circumstance or a financial burden for our students and their families. We are committed to assuring that none of our students will be left in a vulnerable situation. Should a student find that they are left financially or otherwise vulnerable by their sudden departure from study abroad, please write to Erica Woodley, Dean of Students, at ewoodley@tulane.edu.

 

Academic Continuity: Some students may have the option to continue their current program through remote learning. That should be a first choice for completion. For all other students, please be in touch with your host program and the Freeman Abroad office about academic continuity solutions. The A. B. Freeman School of Business has no plans to deny students credit for courses completed remotely. In the event that you cannot complete courses online, we will work with you on an alternative solution.

 

We know that right now is a trying and stressful time. We commend you all for your flexibility and your calm in managing such uncertainty.  Your ability to navigate the emotions of uncertainty, disappointment, and vulnerability caused by this unprecedented global challenge of COVID-19 in an international setting is commendable. The Freeman Abroad office, in coordination with the Office of Emergency Preparedness and Response, Campus Health, and the Office of the Provost, is here to support you and make adjustments to help ease your transition process back home.

 

All the best, 

 

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

Latin America Programs Closure (3/14/2020)

Dear Study Abroad Students and Parents,

 

The A. B. 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 rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation worldwide and making evidence-informed decisions to ensure students’ health and well-being. Our paramount concern is the health and safety of our students.

 

Although countries in Latin America have not been escalated to CDC Level 3, Tulane University has made the difficult decision to close all of our programs in Latin America effective immediately.  This decision was based upon concerns about travel restrictions that may complicate students’ return home.  Should students face extenuating circumstances that would make return impossible, they should complete this petition to remain as soon as possible. 

 

Travel Arrangements for Departure: We advise that all students making arrangements to depart study abroad to begin by contacting their airline directly to change your return flight.  As this is a difficult time for booking travel, you may find long wait times with the airlines and booking agents. Tulane’s Travel Services, through World Travel, are also available to assist you in this rebooking. You can reach World Travel, Tulane’s Travel Agency, at their international toll free number: +1-865-777-1600.  Please mention that you are a Tulane student.   Please note: There is a $20 after hour fee and $19 agent fee to issue a ticket with World Travel.

 

Once you have booked your flight, please email your flight itinerary to freemanabroad@tulane.edu.

 

In the case of emergency evacuation, Global Rescue can assist in making departure plans. Global Rescue is available 24 hours/7 days per week and can be reached via phone or email:

1.800.381.9754

Toll free in US or Canada

+1.617.459.4200 International

or email: operations@globalrescue.com

 

Financial and/or Personal Implications of Return Travel: We realize that sudden changes in study abroad travel plans may lead to a challenging personal circumstance or a financial burden for our students and their families. We are committed to assuring that none of our students will be left in a vulnerable situation. Should a student find that they are left financially or otherwise vulnerable by their sudden departure from study abroad, please write to Erica Woodley, Dean of Students, at ewoodley@tulane.edu

 

Academic Continuity: Some students may have the option to continue their current program through remote learning. That should be a first choice for completion. For all other students, please be in touch with your host university and the Freeman Abroad office about academic continuity solutions. The A. B. Freeman School of Business has no plans to deny students credit for courses completed remotely. In the event that you cannot complete courses online, we will work with you on an alternative solution.

 

We know that right now is a trying and stressful time. We commend you for your flexibility and your calm in managing such uncertainty.  Your ability to navigate the emotions of uncertainty, disappointment, and vulnerability caused by this unprecedented global challenge of COVID-19 in an international setting is commendable. The Freeman Abroad office, in coordination with the Office of Emergency Preparedness and Response, Campus Health, and the Office of the Provost, is here to support you and make adjustments to help ease your transition process back home. 

 

Sincerely, 

 

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

 

CDC Level 3 Return Home Mandate (3/12/20)

Dear Freeman Abroad Students and Families:

The A. B. 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 rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation worldwide and making evidence-informed decisions to ensure students' health and well-being. Thank you for your patience and cooperation over the past few days as news of the coronavirus continues to evolve. Our paramount concern is the health and safety of our students.

Consistent with Tulane's official policy, we require that students currently abroad with programs in countries classified as Level 3 by the CDC return home as soon as possible. Based on this policy, we have made the difficult decision to close all of our programs in Europe effective immediately.*

This decision was based on many factors including:

  • Centers for Disease Control (CDC) travel watch raised to a level 3 for Europe.
  • A U.S. State Department global health travel advisory at level 3.
  • The continued evolution of U.S. and foreign government actions and travel restrictions that may complicate students’ return home.

Students seeking an exception to this policy due to exceptional circumstances that would make return unwise should email freemanabroad@tulane.edu for approval.

*Students studying in the United Kingdom and Ireland, although these countries have yet to rise to a Level 3 via the CDC, are strongly advised to return to their home country given the practices of social isolation and transition to all-online courses put in place by an increasing number of our partner institutions in these locations. Students studying in these destinations should email their study abroad advisor or Freeman Abroad directly with any further questions.

Travel Arrangements for Departure: We advise that all students in countries with a Level 3 travel advisory begin making arrangements to depart your program and return to your permanent address as soon as possible. We recommend you start by contacting your airline directly to change your return flight. If you need further assistance making travel arrangements, please contact Global Rescue who can assist in rebooking flights and/or other departure plans. Global Rescue is available 24 hours/7 days per week and can be reached via phone or email:

1.800.381.9754
Toll free in US or Canada

+1.617.459.4200 International

or email: operations@globalrescue.com

Non-Level 3 Countries: We realize that in light of the continuing spread of novel coronavirus, many students may feel the need to return home prior to official program closures in other study abroad locations that are not classified as Level 3. In these cases, students must obtain permission from their program to leave early and should keep the Freeman Abroad office apprised of their travel plans. Students should make arrangements in conjunction with their program in order to complete courses remotely. Students must inform our office in the case of early return to the home country by emailing freemanabroad@tulane.edu.

Academic Continuity: Some students may have the option to continue their current program through remote learning. That should be a first choice for completion. For all other students, please be in touch with your host program and the Freeman Abroad office about academic continuity solutions.

Global Rescue: If you have not done so already, our office recommends you download the Global Rescue GRID app. Tulane contracts with Global Rescue, a medical, intelligence, and security crisis response service. Coverage through Global Rescue is included in the cost of your program. The GRID app will provide you with real-time updates and alerts relative to your area and can also be used in the event of an emergency to make others aware of your location or ask for immediate assistance. You can read more about the app and Global Rescue services here. We would also recommend that students register themselves in STEP--the State Department's Smart Traveler Enrollment Program. This program also provides alerts similar to Global Rescue, but also informs the local embassy of your presence in-country in case of emergency. Students can enroll in STEP here.

We know you will be concerned about many issues. Please continue to follow the FAQs put forth by Tulane University and Freeman Abroad Updates. The University will continue to make plans to ensure your safe relocation and continued academic progress.

We are very proud of you and your goals of being a leader in a global world. We will continue to support you in this goal. Today, however, we must alter how we do that.

Thank you again for your patience in this extraordinary time.

Sincerely,

Tyler Young, Advisor for Latin America and Spain, tyoung11@tulane.edu
Mary Hicks, Advisor for Asia, Australia and Europe (except Spain), mhicks4@tulane.edu
Mariette Thomas, Associate Director, mthoma3@tulane.edu

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

Explanation of Level 1, 2, and 3 Advisories and Tulane Policy (3/6/2020)

Dear Students and Parents,

The A. B. 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 rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation worldwide and making evidence-informed decisions to ensure students' health and well-being. We are in contact with our study abroad programs in impacted countries and support the safety measures that they are implementing to keep program participants safe.

Tulane follows CDC and Department of State travel restrictions. Our current travel advisories can be found here. Please note, any country being designated with a CDC Level 3 Travel Advisory will have restricted travel.

If a country becomes designated with a Level 3 Travel Advisory the university will coordinate with travelers on university business or study in that country about their options.

In countries with a Level 1 and Level 2 travel advisory from the CDC, most study abroad programs are still operating as normal, and have not implemented contingency plans or alternative options for program completion. Therefore, we ask students to follow all health and safety guidelines and requirements of their host institutions and local government officials, and to continue their coursework as required by their host institutions.

We recommend that students download the Global Rescue GRID app. Tulane contracts with Global Rescue, a medical, intelligence, and security crisis response service. Coverage through Global Rescue is included in the cost of your program. The GRID app provides students with real-time updates and alerts relative to their area. It can also be used in the event of an emergency to make others aware of your location or ask for immediate assistance. You can read more about the app and Global Rescue services here: https://grid.globalrescue.com/portal/tulane/index.html.

We also recommend that students register themselves in STEP--the State Department's Smart Traveler Enrollment Program. This program provides alerts similar to Global Rescue, but also informs the local embassy of your presence in-country in case of emergency. Students can enroll in STEP here: https://step.state.gov/.

Students are encouraged to consider purchasing trip cancellation insurance that can be obtained through many travel agents or insurance companies. Policies vary on what triggers trip cancellation, so students should check with travel insurance providers for more details.

Students should inform both on-site staff in their country and the Freeman Abroad office if they feel they should consider changing their study abroad location or in the case of temporary or permanent evacuation.

Additionally, students should be vigilant during travel, especially if they choose to visit locations outside of their host city/country. Students should consider the potential health risks that travel might entail, as well as the risk of sudden bans issued by government authorities. The COVID-19 situation in any one location can change very rapidly and students could be at risk of not being allowed to leave (or re-enter) their host city/country, being potentially placed into mandatory quarantines (even if only in a location for a connecting flight). For example, if you are studying in Spain and travel to Italy, you could have difficulty leaving Italy due to travel restrictions. In addition, students who travel may also be asked to change accommodations because the accommodations may not be able to accommodate a quarantined student who has come from a country that is considered at "risk."

Please notify your host university as well as the Freeman Abroad office if you are affected by travel restrictions. Students who are uncomfortable remaining abroad, or whose programs have closed down, should contact the Freeman Abroad office to explore options for completing their semester coursework.

Tulane has published a series of FAQs around COVID-19 and will continue to update these as needed.

Although we realize this may be a stressful and unnerving time, students and parents should remember that both host programs and our office are here for support. Please let us know if you have any additional questions or concerns, or if you would like to speak to an advisor regarding the situation in your location.

The contact information for advisors at the Freeman Abroad office is as follows:
Tyler Young, Advisor for Latin America and Spain, tyoung11@tulane.edu
Mary Hicks, Advisor for Asia, Australia and Europe (except Spain), mhicks4@tulane.edu
Mariette Thomas, Associate Director, mthoma3@tulane.edu

Sincerely,

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

Studying Abroad in CDC Level 1 or 2 Locations (3/4/2020)

I’m studying abroad in a country without a CDC travel advisory, with a CDC Level 1 travel advisory, or a CDC Level 2 travel advisory and am concerned.

This is an evolving situation and we cannot predict what will happen over the coming days, weeks, and months. You are encouraged to have a backup study abroad location in case you are unable to participate in a program due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Please make an appointment with a study abroad advisor to make a back up study abroad plan.

Italy, China, South Korea Suspension of Programs (3/3/2020)

Dear Students and Parents,

The A. B. 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 rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation worldwide and making evidence-informed decisions to ensure students' health and well-being. We are in contact with our study abroad programs in impacted countries and support the safety measures that they are implementing to keep program participants safe.

Participation in programs in countries that are considered a Level 3 by the CDC and State Department is being suspended due to health risks from novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Please be advised that currently, all Tulane sponsored travel to Italy, South Korea, and China is suspended indefinitely.

We recommend that students download the Global Rescue GRID app. Tulane contracts with Global Rescue, a medical, intelligence, and security crisis response service. Coverage through Global Rescue is included in the cost of your program. The GRID app provides students with real-time updates and alerts relative to their area. It can also be used in the event of an emergency to make others aware of your location or ask for immediate assistance. You can read more about the app and Global Rescue services here: https://grid.globalrescue.com/portal/tulane/index.html

We also recommend that students register themselves in STEP--the State Department's Smart Traveler Enrollment Program. This program provides alerts similar to Global Rescue, but also informs the local embassy of your presence in-country in case of emergency. Students can enroll in STEP here: https://step.state.gov/

Students are encouraged to consider purchasing trip cancellation insurance that can be obtained through many travel agents or insurance companies. Policies vary on what triggers trip cancellation, so students should check with travel insurance providers for more details.

Students should inform both on-site staff in their country and the Freeman Abroad office if they feel they should consider changing their study abroad location or in the case of temporary or permanent evacuation.

Additionally, students should be vigilant during travel, especially if they choose to visit locations outside of their host city/country. Students should consider the potential health risks that travel might entail, as well as the risk of sudden bans issued by government authorities. The COVID-19 situation in any one location can change very rapidly and students could be at risk of not being allowed to leave (or re-enter) their host city/country, being potentially placed into mandatory quarantines (even if only in a location for a connecting flight). For example, if you are studying in Spain and travel to Italy, you could have difficulty leaving Italy due to travel restrictions. In addition, students who travel may also be asked to change accommodations because the accommodations may not be able to accommodate a quarantined student who has come from a country that is considered at "risk."

Please notify your host university as well as the Freeman Abroad office if you are affected by travel restrictions. Students who are uncomfortable remaining abroad, or whose programs have closed down, should contact the Freeman Abroad office to explore options for completing their semester coursework.

Tulane has published a series of travel advisories and FAQs around COVID-19 and will continue to update these as needed: https://campushealth.tulane.edu/health-center/primary-care/infectious-di...

Although we realize this may be a stressful and unnerving time, students and parents should remember that both host programs and our office are here for support. Please let us know if you have any additional questions or concerns, or if you would like to speak to an advisor regarding the situation in your location.

The contact information for advisors at the Freeman Abroad office is as follows: Tyler Young, Advisor for Latin America and Spain, tyoung11@tulane.edu
Mary Hicks, Advisor for Asia, Australia and Europe (except Spain), mhicks4@tulane.edu
Mariette Thomas, Associate Director, mthoma3@tulane.edu

Sincerely,

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