Student Program Guidelines

Academic Year 2020-2021

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The world continues to adapt to realities posed by Covid-19 and CIEE has too. We all practice in “Covid Smart” behaviors which you are likely doing already in your everyday life. Parts of programs have been modified to reduce risk of spreading Covid-19 while minimizing the impact of enriching cultural and academic experiences.

Your study abroad possibilities are here with CIEE and we are ready to welcome you. If you have dreamed of living and studying abroad, read on for details on how we create a safe experience for all students, faculty and staff.

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

    Onsite “Covid Smart” practices

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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 Health and Safety

CIEE has introduced global requirements to minimize the risk of contracting or transmitting Covid-19. 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.

As vaccination rates around the world evolve, so to may some of these protocols. We expect many countries to require vaccine verification as part of entry. CIEE strongly encourages every student, faculty and staff to receive any vaccine for Covid-19 that becomes available upon eligibility. We anticipate most foreign immigration requirements to incorporate vaccine verification as a qualification for entry and, once abroad, student life may be restricted or grossly limited for the unvaccinated.

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.

These program updates are meant to minimize the risk of transmitting (and acquiring) Covid-19 while maximizing the uniqueness that is studying abroad. CIEE programs feature activities and events that build community, safely. Our onsite staff will facilitate activities that showcase the host community with appropriate in-person visits, tours, talks, and excursions.

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 puts the health and safety above all other priorities. We do not run programs in areas our Health, Safety and Security (HSS) experts deem unsafe. Our 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.