Student Health and Safety

Advisory on Prevention Measures

SARS-CoV-2, also known as “coronavirus” or Covid-19, is spread mostly by respiratory droplets released when people talk, cough, or sneeze. The virus may spread to hands from a contaminated surface and then to the nose or mouth, causing infection. Therefore, personal prevention practices (such as wearing a mask, handwashing, staying home when sick) and environmental prevention practices (such as cleaning and disinfection) are important principles that are covered in this document.

Social distancing, also called physical distancing, means keeping space between yourself and other people outside of your home. To practice social or physical distancing, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends:

  • Stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) from other people
  • Stay out of crowded places and avoid mass gatherings where people are in close proximity to one another
  • Follow local regulations related to social distancing, group gatherings, and the use of face masks

CIEE will also require:

  • Any student or staff showing possible Covid-19 symptoms or possible exposure to the virus to undergo testing as soon as possible. They must self-isolate until cleared to return to the community.
  • Mandating that all students and staff comply with contact tracing in the event of known exposure to a Covid-positive person(s).

Health and Safety Measures

On Arrival
Health screening will commence upon arrival of students and throughout the program. Staff will instruct students to conduct daily temperature checks and monitor for symptoms. 

Face Coverings
All students must arrive with face masks or face coverings and be prepared to use them following local regulations. CEE staff will have a supply of face masks for staff and students, if needed. Typically, face coverings should be worn as feasible and are most essential in times when physical distancing is difficult.

Hand Washing
Individuals should wash their hands frequently with warm soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

Health Monitoring
You must bring your own thermometer and maintain it throughout the duration of their stay. During the first 14 days, you will be required to take and record your temperature daily.

If you are feeling symptomatic, you must stay isolated and notify onsite staff, who will assist you in securing medical attention. Staff maintain a list of healthcare facilities and alternative care sites where you can receive appropriate care, as needed.


Quarantine housing is used when a person has potentially been exposed to an illness and needs to separate from other people to monitor if symptoms develop. Isolation housing is also used when someone has symptoms, in which case they must remain strictly separated from others. In each case, CIEE staff will provide support, also including instructions for ordering in groceries or meals for the duration and will serve as the ultimate backup should there be a need due to local restrictions.

​CIEE will work with host institutions on understanding and complying with their testing polices, to include randomized testing.  Students must seek assistance from staff to secure testing if they believe they have symptoms or have been exposed. Throughout the program, CIEE and host institutions may employ varying testing methods as the accuracy and reliability of various techniques evolve.

Contact Tracing
You will be required to participate with any contact tracing requirements of the local community, potentially including mobile apps.

Immune Compromised Individuals
If you are immune-compromised, our intent is to support and accommodate you as appropriate. Please discuss with your pre-departure advisor your specific needs to better understand CIEE protocols and whether or not that will comport with your medical requirements. We can accommodate within our controlled environments but cannot do so for the entirety of the travel and location experience. Exposures and limitations should be made clear to you so as to make an informed choice and select an enhanced mitigation posture as necessitated by their condition.

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