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Global Engagement

The College values global engagement and its stakeholders as essential to our Lasallian Catholic mission. To that end, the Study Abroad office is in close communication with institutional partners and students to maintain the high quality of these programs while adhering to new health and safety protocols, and expediting incoming/outgoing student visa approvals and related concerns.

International and Out-of-State Students

International students and students from states on New York's COVID-19 travel advisory list, which is updated daily, will be invited to campus last. They will be required to quarantine and isolate for 14 days in a temporary location on campus or at a location of their choice (e.g., Hotel, Airbnb). Please note that students required to undergo a New York State mandatory precautionary quarantine may still need to complete a COVID-19 test either on campus or at an authorized testing site.

Quarantine Information

For those students in quarantine, the following information explains how your quarantine period will end. On day 14 of your quarantine, we will clear your red pass so that on the following morning (day 15), when you fill out your daily symptom tracker, you will receive a green pass and will be free to move out of your quarantine room in Horan Hall. 
 
This means that if you are staying in a quarantine room in Horan Hall, then your last night will be day 14. On day 15, you can pick up a cart for your belongings and move to your actual room for this semester. Residence Life will know that you are permitted to leave quarantine because you will be able to show them a green pass. Please do not exit the quarantine room until the symptom tracker gives you a green pass. 
 
On day 15, you are expected to attend any in-person classes you have that day. 
 
If you have been in quarantine off-campus, then on day 15, you will be able to come to campus because you will be able to get a green pass that day. 
 
If you have any questions or are unsure of your quarantine end date, please email contacttracing@manhattan.edu. Please continue to fill out your daily symptom tracker.

Study Abroad Programs (Short-term/Long-term)

Decisions regarding proposed winter intersession and anticipated spring 2021 programs will be announced by the end of October 2020.

The Study Abroad office is reviewing all short- and long-term study abroad designations in light of prevailing health issues in destination countries, including but not limited to: self-quarantine requirements for travelers; social distancing and face covering requirements; and local and national travel restrictions. We also are monitoring current health data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the U.S. Department of State. These factors are being weighed as the College determines whether a given program will be approved or not. The Office of Study Abroad reserves the right to cancel a previously approved program due to significant changes to the on-the-ground context and/or international travel context.

Information about passport applications/renewals, issues and timelines will be provided to students who express interest in studying abroad at information sessions and through one-on-one advising. Outgoing students who have not received a passport and/or a visa by Study Abroad’s specified date may be required to defer to a future term or withdraw from the program due to passport and/or visa processing delays.

Alternative Modalities

The Study Abroad office is pursuing alternative formats for global engagement, including virtual course collaborations with international partners and small, faculty-led research abroad options. There will also be opportunities to participate in Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL), which offers increased faculty and student exchange across national borders via virtual platforms, potentially with short international visits as conditions improve.

Arrivals

The office of Study Abroad will monitor the status of travel between each incoming international exchange student’s home country and the U.S.

  • Students whose travel plans are delayed and must arrive early or late to campus still will be able to move into their residence hall and be oriented to life at Manhattan.
  • The College will provide support services to students who may be unable to return to their home countries due to the unavailability of flights and/or general instability of air travel.

The Office of Study Abroad continues to closely monitor international travel restrictions and visa regulations that may impact incoming exchange students.

Health Issues

Health Insurance Coverage for COVID

The College has completed a comprehensive review of the health insurance plan utilized for outgoing study abroad students and has decided to switch to a new plan with a greater degree of COVID-29-related coverage. More information will be provided to all outgoing students following their acceptance to a study abroad program.

Housing

  • Space has been reserved in the residence halls for international students in order to accommodate their prior international travel.
  • International students are encouraged to arrive on their designated move-in day. They may contact Residence Life to make alternative arrangements due to limited flight availability, flight cancelations or other unanticipated travel delays.

Contingencies

The office of Study Abroad is liaising with all exchange partner institutions and third-party program providers to create contingency plans for Manhattan’s outgoing study abroad students.

All international and exchange students are encouraged to bring their own laptop to Manhattan. In instances where students are unable to bring a laptop, lose or damage their laptop in transit, or experience equipment breakage, every attempt to provide a functional, temporary loaner will be made by the College.

Travel Interruptions

  • In the event that evacuation is necessary, Residence Life will work to accommodate international students who are unable to depart on time.
  • Study Abroad will ensure that comprehensive evacuation coverage is part of every traveler’s international insurance coverage and may adapt new policies or add supplemental coverage to an existing policy.
  • Study Abroad is working with our partners abroad (both our exchange partners and those institutions/organizations we partner with for short-term programs) to ensure contingency plans are in place and that Manhattan’s groups will be supported in the event of a flight cancelation or other obstacle to traveling as planned.