Student Program Guidelines

Academic Year 2020-2021

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Given the changes to our world because of the coronavirus pandemic, your experience will be different than you may have imagined. CIEE’s proactive program modifications for academic year 2020-21 are designed to mitigate the risks of contracting (or passing) Covid-19 while providing cultural immersion as you discover once-in-a-lifetime learning opportunities.

Above all, be assured your experience will still be a tremendously exciting, fulfilling, and enriching time and that all CIEE staff are committed to helping your personal transformation and growth through study abroad.

  • Before You Leave Home

    Monitoring your health and packing supplies

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  • Student Health and Safety

    Advisories on prevention measures to reduce the spread of the virus.

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  • Student Life

    Guidelines on housing, meals, and travel

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  • Academics

    Classroom learning and safety measures

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  • Student Well-Being

    Your well-being is the focus of our staff, and CIEE has many resources to support you while abroad.

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  • COVID-19 Program Updates

    Relevant high-level information regarding program changes for all of CIEE’s programs.

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Student Health and Safety

CIEE has introduced global requirements for hygiene and social distancing, the details of which are outlined in the following pages. These standards will be applied consistently at CIEE locations around the world, with all program staff trained and equipped to support your health and safety abroad. These measures meet or exceed local standards, though in some cases local requirements will take precedence (for example, rules related to where face masks must be worn, how far apart student desks must be, and whether plexiglass shielding is required for instruction or a maximum class size capacity will be applied per local rules).

Your Study Abroad Semester

CIEE programs deliver the most impactful aspects of study abroad: cultural immersion, learning a foreign language, exploring a new city, and self-exploration. Online courses, where available, will facilitate social distancing while enriching co-curricular and extra-curricular activities bring the local culture to life, in living color.

Study abroad in academic year 2020-21 won’t be exactly like past years. However, CIEE programs will feature activities and events that build community and staff will create and deliver activities that showcase the host location during live, in-person visits, tours, talks, and performances.

Internships and service-learning opportunities will also be available in most locations, providing a valuable opportunity for community integration with lasting benefits.

Community Code of Conduct

CIEE is committed to health and safety first, and will not run programs in areas our Health, Safety and Security (HSS) experts deem unsafe. The approach we have designed and outlined is predicated on all students and staff sharing the responsibility for adhering to the standards. Our mutual health and safety depend on each of us adhering to the standards, and we will ask each member of the community to sign a COVID Code of Conduct. Failure to comply could lead to dismissal from the community. We are responsible for each other’s wellness and all actions and behaviours should reflect that reality.


CIEE is committed to health and safety first, and will not run programs in areas our Health, Safety and Security (HSS) experts deem unsafe. The HSS team created the Health Risk Indicator (HRI) to score each country’s ability to adapt and overcome the virus. The index is calculated using multiple metrics (including prevalence of the virus, infection rates, transmission types, slope of new daily cases and mortality rates, health infrastructure ratings, and more) derived from multiple sources (WHO, Johns Hopkins, Worldometer, Department of State, Centers for Disease Control, DOMO, Global Health Survey, paid and open source intelligence services, and our own analytical tools).     The HRI score and on-the-ground intelligence is analyzed weekly to make professional judgements about each program.