Coronavirus FAQs for International Travelers
For more information about University travel, click here to visit the COVID-19 Essential Travel Guidance page.
1. How is Drexel monitoring the coronavirus outbreak?
A team of University officials that includes members of the University Travel Task Force and Drexel's Senior Director for International Health, Safety and Security is actively monitoring the effects of COVID-19, worldwide and in particular locations where members of the Drexel community frequently travel. This team uses several sources including the Centers for Disease Control, the U.S. Department of State, On Call International, a network of safety and security specialists and open source news to assess the containment of COVID-19 and its potential impact on Drexel travelers. Emergency updates are regularly posted indicating areas of concern being monitored by the University.
2. What changes has Drexel made to its international programming in light of the coronavirus?
Currently, Drexel is carefully reviewing all requests for international travel, taking into account the vaccination status of travelers, support available in the destination, current COVID-19 case and vaccination rates and safety and security concerns.
3. When will international travel resume?
In adherence with University policies for Travel, international travel is slowly resuming. As the global case and vaccination rates for COVID-19 improve, Drexel expects that there will be fewer restrictions for international travel.
4. Is Drexel requiring students, faculty and staff to be vaccinated for COVID-19 in order to travel internationally?
Yes, effective May 13, 2021 the University will require all travelers for university-affiliated activities to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 prior to their travel. Drexel is facilitating vaccination for all students on-campus, and you can apply for an appointment at this link.
5. With the international travel restriction in place at Drexel, is international co-op being allowed?
Any international student that is interested in completing a co-op in their home country should reach out to their co-op advisor for more information on the required steps to complete an international co-op for the upcoming cycle. Students may submit a request to complete an international co-op in a country besides their home country with the approval of Steinbright. For more information visit Steinbright COVID-19 Response or speak with your co-op advisor.
6. I am an international student. Am I allowed to go home even though Drexel has a review process for international travel in place?
Drexel understands and supports international students to make the decision to return home at this time. Students should check in with their academic advisor and International Student and Scholars Services prior to departure if possible. Drexel hopes that the global pandemic will be more and more contained in the coming months and that travel restrictions will be removed, but we must remain flexible. There is a possibility that students may face challenges in returning to Philadelphia due to travel restrictions. For more information, visit the Drexel Response to Coronavirus website.
7. Who will Drexel contact with updates?
Drexel will directly contact students, faculty and staff with information and updates about their specific destinations as appropriate, provided that we are aware of the travel. This is why it is important to register all University-related travel.
Emergency updates are also posted on the OGE website.
8. How do I know if a place where I traveled has a high infection rate for Coronavirus?
The Centers for Disease Control provides advisory levels for countries about current health issues that impact travelers' health. Any country with a current Level 3 Advisory, Avoid Nonessential Travel is considered high risk for non-vaccinated travelers and returned travelers should get tested 3-5 days after their return.
9. How does Drexel make decisions about student, faculty and staff travel abroad?
The safety and security of our travelers is always a priority in decision-making. The Essential Travel Review Committee considers many criteria in assessing international travel including the vaccination status of the traveler, local and resources available including medical care and capacity, COVID-19 infection and vaccination rates as well as safety and security risks.
For students, the University Policy on International Student Travel uses the following measures to classify a location as "High Risk Travel" which warrants further review:
- any locations which currently have a Reconsider Travel (Level 3) or Do Not Travel (Level 4) Advisory rating from the US Department of State (on a scale of 1-4)
- any countries or regions with a rating of a 4 or 5 (on a scale of 1-5) by the University's travel security provider.
- locations that pose a specific health, safety or security concern as indicated by sources other than the U.S. Department of State such as the CDC, individual United States embassies or consulates, the World Health Organization, insurers, third party travel security providers or at the discretion of the Director of International Health, Safety and Security.
In exceptional situations such as the COVID-19 pandemic, Drexel may also review the travel of faculty and staff.
10. What happens if Drexel needs to suspend a location abroad for international activities for students?
If Drexel makes the decision to suspend international activities in a location, the Office of Global Engagement will provide assistance to travelers managing their departures and will work with students to complete academic requirements for the program. This may include online coursework, independent studies or other options as proposed by the partner institution abroad.
11. If a student elects to leave a Drexel-affiliated program that has not been suspended by the University, how might that affect a student's academic credit for the program?
Drexel understands that everyone has a different tolerance for risk. If a student decides to discontinue a program due to personal concerns about their safety, the Office of Global Engagement will assist the student with departure and will work with the appropriate units to help the student to complete academic requirements for the term if that is possible.
12. My study abroad program has been cancelled, can I transfer my acceptance to another term? What about refunds?
While acceptance is not automatically transferable, the Office of Global Engagement will be in touch with students regarding future study abroad options including the possibility of transferring some or all of their application. Due to the unique nature of COVID-19, and as detailed in the required Addendum for Study Abroad participants, refunds may not be provided to participants. The Addendum supersedes the OGE Refund Policy for Drexel-sponsored programs.
If you are a student interested in studying abroad, please visit the Education Abroad and Covid-19 page.