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COVID-19 FAQs

General Statement: Due to the constantly evolving nature of the COVID-19 pandemic and its implications for health and safety and for international travel, TnCIS will continue to monitor the situation while planning for our Spring and Summer 2021 programs. We encourage students to continue exploring study abroad options on our website. We have implemented a new live chat feature and new advising options on our website that allow students to consult with TnCIS staff members virtually. In the event that study abroad for 2021 programs becomes restricted, we will convey any decisions with as much advance notice as possible.


Yes. Updated information on summer programs will be available on our website at the end of August 2020. Applications for TnCIS Summer Study Abroad programs will open on October 1, 2020 and the deadline to apply is February 11, 2021. As information becomes available, we will update the website and inform all applicants of any special considerations regarding COVID-19 requirements for travel.
Yes. We encourage students to submit applications for Spring 2021 partnership programs (programs offered to one or a limited number of institutions and lasting 7-14 days) as early as possible so we can be in communication with them about any special considerations regarding COVID-19 requirements for travel. Applications will open on October 1, 2020 and the deadline to apply is November 6, 2020. 
TnCIS monitors the US Department of State guidelines and travel alerts for all program locations. We also monitor alerts and communications from the CDC and other government and non-government entities specializing in health and safety issues to inform our decisions.
Some program countries may impose new entry requirements to mitigate COVID-19 infections by foreign visitors. TnCIS is monitoring the immigration requirements for each program country and will inform students of any entry changes once they have been accepted into a program or once requirements are made public.
Based on current policy, if TnCIS cancels a program after the program fee payment deadline, students will receive a full refund of their fee. If a student decides to cancel their participation in a program after the fee payment deadline, they will be subject to the cancellation policy as stated on the TnCIS Costs & Payment web page.
Yes. The current health insurance provider for TnCIS programs does consider COVID-19 as a medical diagnosis and will cover doctor-prescribed necessary costs during the program dates
TnCIS has implemented a new live chat feature and new advising option on our website that allow students to consult with TnCIS staff members virtually. Live chat is available M-F 9:00 am – 6:00 pm Eastern Time and is for students with basic questions that can be answered quickly. Advising is for students with multiple questions about selecting a program, finding a course, or wanting to learn more about all the options available.
The TnCIS office is also available to answer parents’ basic questions regarding 2021 study abroad programs as well, though the FAQs on this page do address many concerns parents may have regarding COVID-19 and TnCIS 2021 programs. Due to FERPA regulations and privacy laws, TnCIS is not able to give specific information regarding your student without the student present (virtually or in person). Please encourage your student to contact our office directly for questions that specifically pertain to them and their application.