Coronavirus (COVID 19) Updates
Impact on U of A Student Travel
The Office of Study Abroad & International Exchange will be conducting all business
remotely until the end of July. In early August, we will re-open in a hybrid format.
To reach a study abroad staff member, you can call 479-575-7582 during normal business hours or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our students’ health and safety while abroad is of paramount importance to The University of Arkansas (U of A). The information here can be shared with U of A students, faculty, staff, and family members. Please note that there is different information for each group. Please scroll down to the section most pertinent to you or your student.
Information for All Travelers
Travelers must assess their health needs and make the decision to travel accordingly. Understand that some people may be at a higher risk for severe illness, such as older adults and those with chronic medical conditions. Before financially committing to international travel, travelers must realistically assess their health needs, with the guidance of their physician, and make the decision to travel accordingly.
Be advised that even approved travelers may face required self-quarantine upon entry (up to 14 days) to many locations internationally.
US Passport Services continue to operate at reduced capacity for travelers with a life-or-death emergency only. Passport applications are still accepted; however, at this time they are unable to offer expedited service, or make any guarantee about processing time.
Future Student Travel
While programs scheduled to depart in 2021 are moving forward as planned, programs may be subject to postponement or cancellation as the COVID-19 situation evolves.
In the meantime, however, we are taking great care to support our students in the planning process for future study abroad. All U of A administered programs are preparing for possible itinerary adjustments that may be necessary based on travel restrictions, quarantine requirements, and more. Decisions about January Intersession & Spring semester study abroad programs will be carefully evaluated in early October. If necessary, program adjustments or cancelations will be made in the spirit of minimizing negative impact to students and faculty travelers.
Fall & Academic Year 2020 Study Abroad Students
Effective June 18, 2020, all university-sanctioned and coordinated Fall study abroad programs have been canceled. We understand this may create disappointment for many, but students are encouraged to defer to a future term (i.e. Spring 2021, Summer 2021, or even Fall 2021) as they are able. Students may petition this decision by contacting the Study Abroad Office for further information.
This decision impacts all fall and academic year students on Rome Center, exchange programs, external or third-party, and on credit-bearing internships, service learning, research, or independent study programs, including Sturgis Fellowships.
We recognize that there are limitations to answering specific students' questions here, but each study abroad advisor is prepared to continue advising students remotely via phone or other video conferencing platform.
Summer & August Intersession 2020 Study Abroad Students
Effective March 23, 2020, all university-sanctioned and coordinated summer & August Intersession study abroad programs have been canceled. We understand that this may create disappointment for many, but students are encouraged to reapply for next year.
This decision impacts all Summer & August Intersession study abroad students on faculty-led programs, the Rome Center, external third-party programs, and summer exchange programs as well as credit-bearing opportunities such as internships, service-learning, research and independent study.
Students who had purchased airfare prior to program cancellation, whether independently or through the Study Abroad Office's recommended travel agent, are reminded that it is an individual's sole responsibility to manage their own ticket (seeking e-credit, canceling tickets, seeking a refund, etc.). Nonrefundable charges that were billed to the University, including agent ticketing fees or airfare e-credits, will post to students' accounts for the summer 2020 term.
We recognize that there are limitations to answering specific students’ questions here, but each study abroad advisor is prepared to continue advising students remotely via phone or other video conferencing platform.
Additional Resources for your Health & Wellbeing
Pat Walker Health Center | To protect our health, your health, and the health of others, PWHC will no longer be seeing walk-in patients or allowing web booking of appointments. Please call their clinics for an appointment to be seen:
- Primary Care: 479-575-4451, option 1
- Women's Health: 479-575-4451, option 2
- Allergy, Immunization and Travel Clinic: 479-575-4451, option 5
Counseling & Psychological Services | CAPS is still offering counseling services at this time (March 25, 2020), but you must call first 479-575-5276.
If You Are In Crisis
Please call CAPS at 479-575-5276, call UAPD at 479-575-2222 if you are on or near campus, call 911 anywhere in the US, or go to your local emergency room or psychiatric care facility. Suicide hotline: 1-800-273-8255 | Crisis text line: 741741 National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
U of A Cares | Report a concern through U of A Cares, which links students to the appropriate resource – both personal and educational – that will allow them the opportunities to overcome barriers on their path to success. Tel.: 479-575-5004
If you are in need of finding immediate housing in Fayetteville: Contact University of Arkansas Off-Campus Housing Service at Off-Campus Housing.
Additionally, here are some helpful articles:
- COVID-19 & Your Mental Health from Newswire March 23, 2020
- Managing Anxiety & Stress from the CDC
- Dealing with Reverse Culture Shock & Mental Health During COVID-19 from USAC
- 15 Ways to Practice Self-Care in the time of Coronavirus article from Quartz
- Mythbusters About COVID-19 from the WHO