This page provides updates on global events impacting our program locations, such as natural disasters, political unrest and disease outbreaks. The following updates are gathered from direct observation by our resident staff, U.S Department of State (DOS) recommendations, Overseas Security Advisory Council reports, and guidance from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO).

This page will be updated with new information and announcements as necessary. If you have any questions, please contact us at 312-239-3710.

This page was last updated on July 3, 2020.

Coronavirus 2020

Coronavirus 2020

The health and safety of TEAN students is always our highest priority. As the global COVID-19 pandemic continues, we’re constantly monitoring data and recommended best practices from trusted security resources and local staff regarding COVID-19’s impact to make decisions about TEAN programs in Asia Pacific. TEAN will continue to directly communicate relevant information to our participants and partners as needed.

All Spring 2020 programs were canceled or cut short to ensure students returned home safely (see detailed updates below). All Summer 2020 programs were also canceled with students given the options available in our Pre-Departure Refund Policy to choose whether they wanted to attend a different program or receive a refund.

With travel now restricted, a new Remote Global Internship is available for Summer and Fall 2020 offering students the opportunity to gain professional work experience at an international level from the convenience of their own home. 

Looking to the future, please refer to the FAQs below for updates on Fall 2020 study abroad programs. Winter and Spring 2021 programs are running as scheduled.

We understand that this is still an uncertain time and students applying to Fall or Spring programs will be protected by TEAN’s ‘We have your back’ refund policy that provides added flexibility and options in case of unexpected program changes. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

We’ve gathered the below FAQs regarding COVID-19 as they specifically relate to TEAN, our students and our staff.

Q. Which TEAN Fall 2020 programs are still running?
The below programs are currently running and listed by their current start date (the arrival date in country). Note that some programs have pushed back start dates from previously published dates. Should changes be made to any programs, TEAN will communicate ASAP with students and advisors. Some U.S. universities are issuing their own restrictions for students studying abroad in the fall, so be sure to check your university’s current policy.

Start date (Arrival in country) Country Program/s
August 8, 2020 South Korea Korea University
Pusan National University
September 3, 2020 Australia Bond University
Australia Internship
September 4, 2020 Australia International College of Management, Sydney
September 8, 2020 Australia University of New South Wales
October 4, 2020 Vietnam Semester in Vietnam (RMIT University)

Q. Which TEAN Fall 2020 programs have been canceled?
The below Fall 2020 programs have been canceled. All students who were enrolled in these programs were given the option to choose whether they wanted to attend a different program or receive a refund of any paid program fees.

  • Australia (all programs with a July start date)
  • New Zealand (all programs)
  • Semester in Fiji
  • Singapore Management University
  • Semester in Shanghai (Fudan University)
  • Semester in Thailand (Mahidol University)

Q. How are future programs being vetted for health and safety?
Your health and safety is our highest priority. The past few months have been a roller coaster of developments and changes surrounding the global COVID-19 pandemic. As travel restrictions begin to ease, we’re looking ahead to future programs to give students a study abroad adventure worth waiting for!

TEAN’s Health & Safety team is continuing to monitor data and recommended best practices from trusted security resources plus local staff regarding the status and impact of COVID-19 in each of our program destinations. We are regularly assessing all programs and locations to ensure programs are safe — with a focus on hygiene and social distancing — while still providing a rich cultural and academic experience. When determining updated health and safety guidelines to meet this “new normal,” we’re considering both location-specific guidance and general travel, social and education recommendations.

Q. If TEAN cancels a  Fall 2020, Winter, Spring or Summer 2021 program prior to the program starting, will I get a refund?
Yes – we have your back! See details here.

Q. What is the refund policy if I voluntarily choose to withdraw from a Fall 2020 study abroad program prior to departure because of concerns about the COVID-19?
All TEAN Fall 2020 study abroad program application and withdrawal deadlines have been extended to give students more time before committing to a program. If you withdraw prior to the listed withdrawal date for your program, we will issue a full refund less the $100 application deposit. If you withdraw after the withdrawal deadline, we will work with our partners to recover costs and provide a refund as much as possible. For a list of all application and withdrawal deadlines see here.

Q. If my home university requires me to cancel my study abroad or intern abroad plans will I get a refund?
If you are required by your home university to cancel your Fall 2020 study abroad plans prior to the start date, TEAN will provide a full refund. If your home university requires students to cancel their program with TEAN after a program has started, TEAN will work to refund all recoverable costs, but the available refund may be minimal, if anything, depending on the program and the date of departure.

Q. Will TEAN help cover any flight-related costs if a program is canceled?
No — while TEAN program prices cover many aspects of the program, airfare is not included. Each student is responsible for booking and paying for their own flights to/from the program destination. Therefore, any potential refunds will need to be handled directly with the airline or third-party provider through that the student purchased tickets from. Before booking any flights, we recommend confirming with the airline, agency or third-party booking website you choose what change/cancelation policies or insurance coverage apply in case travel plans are affected due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Q. I have submitted an application – who can I contact for more information?
You can always contact your TEAN Program Manager directly or our TEAN headquarters in Chicago at 312-239-3710.

Q. Are Spring 2020 students whose programs were canceled due to COVID-19 receiving refunds?
We have worked with our host universities, housing providers and other in-country vendors regarding potential refunds/recoverable costs for Spring 2020 programs. TEAN Program Managers have contacted students regarding possible refunds. If you’re a student and have any questions, please contact your Program Manager directly.

Program Updates

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE (UPDATED AS OF MAY 6, 2020)

TEAN continues to track developments related to COVID-19 and its impact on future programs. In light of current conditions, we have made the decision to cancel all TEAN Fall 2020 programs with June and July start dates. This includes all New Zealand, Fiji and Australia programs starting in July. TEAN has reached out to enrolled students to discuss alternative options, including deferring to later programs or receiving a full refund of paid program fees.

TEAN is in regular communication with our host university partners abroad as we assess future Fall programs with start dates that begin August 2020 and later.

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE (Updated as of April 5, 2020)

As we continue to assess the ongoing COVID-19 developments here and abroad, TEAN has made the very difficult decision to cancel all TEAN Summer 2020 programs. TEAN has reached out to enrolled Summer 2020 students to discuss alternative options, including deferring to later programs or receiving a full refund of paid program fees.

At this time TEAN is not canceling any Fall programs. TEAN is in regular communication with our host university partners who are working on adjusting deadlines and start dates for Fall programs to allow more time for decision making. TEAN will continue to monitor the fast-moving developments related to COVID-19 and provide significant updates to students, their parents, and our U.S. partner institutions as we look forward to hosting students on future programs.

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE (Updated as of March 19, 2020)

On March 19th, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) raised their Global Health Advisory to Level 4: Do Not Travel. In the update, the DOS advises U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the impact of the COVID-19 virus. Additionally, U.S. citizens abroad are urged to arrange for an immediate return to the United States, unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.

At this time, all TEAN programs worldwide have been suspended and students advised to return home. Many TEAN students have already departed their program location; and those who have not yet arranged travel back to the U.S. have been notified of the update to the DOS advisory level. TEAN is working to support students still on-site in making their final transportation arrangements and is liaising with host institutions abroad regarding student academics.

TEAN continues to monitor developments related to COVID-19 and will provide significant updates to students, their parents, and our U.S. partner institutions.

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE (Updated as of March 18, 2020)

Australia, New Zealand and Singapore

On the morning of March 18th, TEAN communicated with students, parents, and home university advisors the decision to suspend all programs in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore. TEAN resident staff in these countries are closely supporting students as they arrange transportation to the U.S. Affected students will continue to have access to TEAN resident staff, housing and insurance while they actively make preparations to depart.

TEAN continues to be in contact with all host institutions in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore to discuss academic options available to complete their coursework remotely or online. Once those details are finalized, TEAN will be in direct communication with students and recommends students continue to communicate directly with their professors.

Though TEAN has now suspended all Spring 2020 programs, we continue to monitor fast-moving developments related to COVID-19 and will continue to provide significant updates to students, their parents, and our U.S. partner institutions as we look forward to hosting students on future programs.

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE (Updated as of March 16, 2020)

Vietnam and Thailand

As of March 15th, in addition to previously suspended TEAN programs in China and South Korea, TEAN has made the difficult decision to also suspend TEAN programs in Thailand and Vietnam. TEAN staff have communicated with all TEAN students and have been assisting them in their prompt return to the U.S. Although their semesters have been suspended, TEAN support (e.g. access to resident staff, housing, insurance) will still be available to students while they actively make plans to return home.

TEAN is in contact with all host institutions to discuss the academic options available for students to complete their coursework from a distance. We will continue to communicate with students and our university partners regarding these options.

TEAN continues to monitor fast-moving developments related to COVID-19 and will provide any significant update to students, their parents, and our U.S. partner institutions as necessary.

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE (Updated as of March 10, 2020)

China

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) Travel Advisory for China remains at a Level 4, advising U.S. citizens to not travel to China at this time. Due to the continuous rapid spread of COVID-19, our Health & Safety team has made the decision to cancel our Summer in Shanghai program to Fudan University.

TEAN staff are in contact with students who had applied to this program to discuss alternative options or deferring to a future term. Students who decide to not proceed with any alternative program are being issued full refunds of any fees paid.

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE (Updated as of March 3, 2020)

We are closely following COVID-19 developments and have reviewed the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) recent public statement regarding students traveling abroad to study.

After carefully considering the message and reviewing additional guidance from organizations like PULSE and the Forum on Education Abroad, TEAN (along with WorldStrides and other organizations that are part of the WorldStrides family) is not suspending any current programs, with the exception of previously suspended programs in South Korea and China.

The health and well-being of our students and staff are of utmost importance. We’re continuing to monitor all program locations regarding the spread of COVID-19 daily and are working closely with staff both in the U.S. and on the ground in host countries to communicate any additional guidelines that are developed in conjunction with our medical director. Should a situation change within a program host country, we have processes in place to respond quickly and will directly communicate with students on our programs, their emergency contacts and their home institutions.

In the meantime, TEAN will support program participants following the guidance of their home university, as each institution has its own policies during this time.

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE (Updated as of Feb 28, 2020)

In December 2019, a viral pneumonia outbreak was reported in Wuhan, in the Hubei Province of central China. Authorities identified the virus as a novel (new) coronavirus, which was later named COVID-19. Although initially contained to mainland China with most cases concentrated in Hubei Province, there have been confirmed cases of COVID-19 in other countries, including the U.S. On January 30th, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the 2019 novel coronavirus outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC). This announcement allowed WHO to coordinate international efforts and resources in combating the spread of the virus.

TEAN is closely monitoring COVID-19 developments and adjusting student programs as necessary. TEAN’s Spring 2020 programs in China and South Korea have been cancelled. (See country specific information below.) TEAN has been communicating with all Spring 2020 China and South Korea program students, their emergency contacts, and home institutions to work together and provide the best possible outcome for each student in this situation.

TEAN’s Spring programs in Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand are currently running as planned. TEAN resident staff in these locations are advising students on best practices to stay healthy while abroad and providing guidance on independent travel.

This page will be updated with new information and announcements as necessary. If you have any questions, please contact us at 312-239-3710.

CHINA

On January 27th, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its Travel Notice for Mainland China to a Level 3 and recommended that all travelers avoid nonessential travel to the country. Subsequently, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) raised its Travel Advisory for China to a Level 4: Do Not Travel and recommended that U.S. citizens not travel to Mainland China at this time.

For these reasons, TEAN cancelled the Shanghai program for Spring 2020. Students had not yet departed for their Spring semester and TEAN staff worked with students on alternative program options. Students who had been planning on attending this program are receiving full refunds.

SOUTH KOREA

Beginning February 21st, a new cluster of COVID-19 cases was identified in South Korea. The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that there was sustained community spread occurring, particularly in the areas of Daegu and Cheongdo (approximately 145 miles southeast of Seoul). On February 24th, the CDC raised their Travel Notice for South Korea to a Warning Level 3, advising travelers to avoid non-essential travel to South Korea.

In light of these developments, TEAN canceled all Spring 2020 programs in South Korea. TEAN staff communicated with all South Korea program students regarding the cancelation of their program and assisted students with returning to the U.S., as well as provided information about alternative program options. TEAN is issuing students full refunds for their semester program fee.