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COVID-19 Update

University-sponsored Travel Policy 2020 – 2021
Department of Cultural and Global Engagement

Given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on worldwide travel and global health risks, Quinnipiac University is pausing student, faculty, and staff participation in international and domestic University-sponsored travel for Fall 2020, Winter 2021, and Spring 2021. This includes Quinnipiac University travel for semester and short-term study abroad, faculty-led, conferences, research, and domestic study away programs directly operated by Quinnipiac University, partner institutions and third-party providers. If travel resumes for the above-mentioned terms, approval for travel will need to be evaluated by the Management Committee and COVID-19 Taskforce.

This decision is based primarily on the health and safety concerns associated with global travel and ongoing revisions to entry requirements, visa processes, and travel advisories. 
Frequently Asked Questions:

How is Quinnipiac University’s Department of Cultural and Global Engagement (DCGE) monitoring the COVID-19 situation worldwide?

The DCGE collaborates closely with Quinnipiac University’s COVID-19 task force, which is monitoring guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. Department of State, and the World Health Organization. This information is shared with Quinnipiac University’s management team to make decisions that align with institutional efforts to protect the health and safety of our community and our partners.

How will risk management of University-sponsored travel be handled in the future?

Once University-sponsored travel resumes, all faculty, staff and students will be required to register their travel and obtain necessary insurance coverage within a centralized platform. More information and training regarding this system will be forthcoming.

Can I travel in the future?

We recognize you may have questions about when you may be able to travel in the future. This global pandemic is unpredictable and, at this time, University-sponsored student travel for summer 2021 is proceeding as planned. Updated information about summer programming will be forthcoming. We recognize how much preparation you have put into your global learning planning, and we hope that we can support you in traveling in the future.

Is Quinnipiac offering global virtual internships during the 2020—2021 academic year?

If you are interesting in learning about virtual opportunities, please contact

What should I do if international travel is a requirement for my program of study?

Please consult with your academic adviser to discuss your options in light of the cancellation of international travel associated with Fall 2020, Winter 2021 and Spring 2021.

When can faculty members submit a proposal to teach a faculty led course abroad?

Faculty led courses abroad must first be approved by the school of study. However, DCGE will accept proposals for faculty led courses abroad beginning summer session 2021. Proposal will be due to DCGE by October 1, 2020.

When can students apply to go abroad in summer 2021?

Information about approved programs and the application process will be available beginning spring semester 2021.

Can I study abroad Fall 2021/Winter and Spring2022?
The Department of Cultural and Global Engagement has very exciting news to share; the Cork, Ireland program at University College Cork (UCC) will plan to run for Fall of 2021 and Spring of 2022! This will be the only program running in the Fall and potentially Spring.
It is important we have a solid framework in place as we ease back into travel.  We have had a direct partnership with UCC for the last 15 years and feel comfortable at this time with moving forward in working with them on semester study abroad.
  • We have been able to open our partnership in Seville, Spain for Spring 22 in addition to Cork, Ireland.
  • Winter 2022 will be also running programs in Spain and Ireland.
  • Faculty Led programs will also be running Winter/Spring 2022