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Friday, May 8, 2020

Dear Students, 

I hope my email finds you and your families doing well. I wanted to take a moment and share with you some updates on the status of fall semester exchange programs abroad.  Please read the message below carefully. 

As you are well aware, the COVID-19 global pandemic has drastically altered our country and our world. Currently, international travel at the University of Dayton is suspended until further notice. Please know the decision regarding international travel is complex and your health and safety is at the forefront. At this point, we do not believe travel is likely for fall 2020, but we plan to make a decision soon when we have more information. We are also examining policies and plans by your host universities, such as whether they are conducting in-person classes, their plans for shifts to online if necessary, capacities to test, trace and quarantine COVID cases, etc. Partner institutions are also weighing whether they can move forward or not.

In the unlikely event that travel can occur and your exchange plans can move forward, we have to complete the nomination process now. This means, submitting your official nomination to your host university to secure your place in their program. 

Your options are: 1) Defer your application to the spring semester or discuss other options or 2) Continue with the application process for a fall semester abroad.  You must email us to confirm this intention. Either way, you should make a plan for fall courses and housing that does not include going abroad as we believe that is the most likely scenario.

If you decide to move forward, the nomination would trigger your host university to begin direct communication with you about enrollment, housing and other various paperwork.  You would be responsible for the paperwork and deadlines and we are often not copied in those emails. We continue to advise that you refrain from making non-refundable purchases or deposits. UD will not offer refunds for these expenses. If your host university asks you to make financial commitments, please let us know.

Please remember, our nomination and your completion of materials for the host institution does not guarantee that you will be able to participate in the fall program. It only keeps the process moving. Again, a decision will be made by July 1.

Please respond and let us know your decision. If we don’t hear from you by Tuesday, May 12, then we will assume you are no longer interested and withdraw your application for fall. 

We understand the challenges of navigating through this uncertainty. We want to be as transparent as possible. Given the current information, we do not think that international travel this fall for students is likely. However, we will continue to keep you updated, and please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions you may have. 

Sincerely,
Heather Schieman, Assistant Director
Kelly Brannan Trail, Director
Office of Education Abroad, Center for International Programs
University of Dayton

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For the program at Comillas University in Spain

Despite the uncertainty, we do know your program at Comillas would look different, if it is able to occur. Given the challenges students would face in obtaining a student visa to travel to Spain in August, Comillas University has developed a shorter program for visiting students. The program is under 90 days, allowing U.S. citizens to enter the country with only their passport and no visa. If we can move forward, this is the program all UD students would do.

Here are some details:

Courses - The courses are set aside for international students, meaning you would not be in courses with Spanish students. There is also a limited list. After reviewing your course authorization forms, most of you have enough courses pre-approved from the list. For some of you, this will affect your course plans. Please email Heather if you need to make adjustments. You can find the list of courses here

Calendar - The concentrated semester will be held from Sept. 14 through Dec. 4. In order to stay legally within the parameters of your visitor visa, you will only be allowed in the country for a total of one week longer than the given term (a total of 89 days), which will be broken out into a few days before and a few days after. Any additional travel before or after the semester will not be permitted. 

This does not guarantee you will be able to participate in the fall program. Decisions will be made by July 1. We simply want to inform you what the program will entail, if we are able to move forward. We continue to advise that you refrain from making non-refundable purchases or deposits. UD will not offer refunds for these expenses.