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COVID-19 Protocols

    COVID-19 Protocols

    Our study centers around the world will comply with local public health recommendations as well as recommended standards of the University of Minnesota. 


    • Double rooms are allowed; single rooms may require an additional cost.
    • Homestays are not available for winter break or spring semester programs.
    • Minimize other program participants from entering your room; don’t allow outside program guests in the housing. 


    • You will quarantine at the beginning of the program based on local government guidelines.
    • Budget for unforeseen expenses (additional housing, transportation, meals, international flight change) in case you must also quarantine after your program ends.

    Orientation, Classrooms, Site Visits, & Internships

    • Portions of orientation will take place virtually, if possible.
    • Chairs will be spaced at least 6 feet apart and outdoor spaces will be prioritized.
    • Patient-facing health internship placements are currently suspended; health internships without patient interaction (e.g., education, advocacy, and administration) are allowed.

    Transportation & Personal Travel

    • Flights are limited to round-trip international flights; layovers will be avoided or minimized.  
    • Personal travel is restricted to within the host country and subject to local and country travel restrictions; only private accommodations (no hostels) are allowed.


    • Create social distancing by dining spaced out at tables or eating in shifts.
    • Whenever possible, take your meals individually or in your room.

    Cleaning & Good Hygiene 

    • Wash your hands often and before meals, with soap and water or hand sanitizer (at least 60% alcohol), for at least 20 seconds.
    • Wear a cloth mask over your nose and mouth in public places.


    • Complete your vaccinations if they are available and required for entry by the host country.

    Testing & Quarantine after Positive COVID Test

    • CISI will likely not cover expenses of testing; however, most countries offer free testing.
    • If you test positive for COVID-19, separate yourself from others and watch for fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, headache, muscle pain, sore throat, or loss of taste or smell. 
    • Stay home until your symptoms are better, it has been 10 days since you first felt sick, and you’ve had no fever for three days (without fever-reducing medicine). 

    Cancellations & Refunds

    • If you decide to cancel or return early or if the program closes early, you won’t receive additional financial support.
    • If the program closes early, you can receive full academic credit remotely.
    • If you must quarantine or decide to return to the US before the program ends, you may attend class remotely.


    Contact Zach Mohs with questions.