Inspiration during challenging times

By Sylvia Shipp, ELP Lecturer

I was hoping to hear, as in years past, reflective stories delivered by our Chatham domestic and foreign students. In previous International Educational Symposiums, students would relay their various challenges they’d had to overcome in their chosen country to study, as well as highlights of their stay. Highlights usually included the lifelong friends they’d established, teachers and classes that had helped to improve their skills and broaden their horizons, and places they’d had the chance to visit.

This year, although some reflections presented resembled those in the past, many highlights had a very different color and energy compared to previous ones. On a similar note, the mountains that needed to be summited were steeper and more dimly lit. Yes, perhaps fewer friendships were forged, but  the strength and supportiveness of those friendships seemed to surpass those from previous years. Yes, many of the classes were hybrid or fully virtual, and yet students seemed to invest more time honing academic skills, independent learning, reading, in addition to perfecting creative talents and athletic skills.

All of this and more, despite the uncertainty that this year has wrought on all of us, our families, and friends. I was deeply touched by the talks our students gave, moved by their ability to see the beauty in a time where others might not, moved by their level of reflection and stamina to move forward when others might feel a malaise or paralysis. Actually I assume the students who gave their talk during IEW feel many of the same fears and hesitation the rest of us feel, but they’ve managed to rein in the negativity to keep moving forward. That’s why the IEW talks this past week seemed especially precious and why I’ll always treasure their inspiring messages.

I’d like to give a heartfelt thanks to all of you awesome students, including Hiroki, Miku, Hanna,  Walker, and Lerlina, who openly shared your hearts and minds with us.

Apply for full scholarship to study abroad in summer 2021!

Ready to change the world? Apply for the Frederick Douglass Global Fellowship, a full scholarship to study abroad with a cohort of student leaders from around the country.

The Frederick Douglass Global Fellowship was founded to empower students of color with a transformative experience abroad, much like Frederick Douglass was inspired by his travels. All program fees are covered, as well as airfare.

This year’s cohort is co-sponsored by the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs to commemorate the 175th anniversary of Douglass’s four-month journey around Ireland. You’ll be based in Dublin and visit other cities where Douglass campaigned, while meeting with government leaders and social justice activists.

The application is open to first-, second- and third-year students who have a GPA of 3.0 or higher and are from ethnic backgrounds typically underrepresented on study abroad programs.

This opportunity is offered by CIEE, a student exchange organization whom Chatham partners with. As a next step, start your application at www.CIEE.ORG/FDGF. (If you enter your name and email, you’ll receive updates before the February 14, 2021 deadline.) All eligible students who submit an application also qualify for a $1,500 scholarship towards any CIEE summer program.

Questions? Email FDGF@ciee.org 

Chatham’s Office of International Affairs (internationalaffairs@chatham.edu) is available to support students and answer questions related to this opportunity as well as other study abroad scholarships and post-graduation fellowships.

 

International Education Week: Popular Music from around the World

In celebration of International Education Week (IEW) please check out popular music from all around the world! Song links are included below so you can enjoy these global artists.

Country: England 

Song Name: Giants 

Artist: Dermot Kennedy 

Song Link: https://youtu.be/NlGfhJ71e0E 

 

Country: Turkey 

Song Name: Sende Kaldı Yüreğim (My heart stayed on you) 

Artist: Bilal Sonses 

Song Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-6h_sNtpR0A 

 

Country: India 

Song Name: Tum hi ho (Ask How I’m doing?) 

Artist: Arijit Singh 

Song Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WeTge2rd7c0 

 

Region: Middle East 

Song Name: 3am Bet3alla2 Feek (I’m talking about you) 

Artist: Nancy Ajram 

 

Song Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HIYqaDGCtx8 

 

Country: Russia 

Song Name: Mr. & Mrs. Smith 

Artist: Egor Kreed 

Song Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9iSIeBWa0Fw 

 

Country: Italy 

Song Name: Cara Italia (Dear Italy) 

Artist: Ghali 

Song Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gUfs4BJ6RSI 

 

Country: Pakistan 

Song Name: “Dill Diyan Gallan” – (Talks of my Heart) 

Artist: Atif Aslam 

Song Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mmKuHX8n-rg 

 

Country: Australia 

Song Name: Sunflower 

Artist: Post Malone, Swae Lee 

Song Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RXWYDeGhe24 

 

Country: United States 

Song Name: The Greatest 

Artist: Sia 

Song Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P6Ipeu6Z26g 

 

Country: France 

Song Name: Unforgettabl 

Artist: French Montana 

Song Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CTFtOOh47oo 

 

Country: Canada 

Song Name: Laugh Now Cry Later 

Artist: Drake 

LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 04: Drake attends the “Top Boy” UK Premiere at Hackney Picturehouse on September 04, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)

Song link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JFm7YDVlqnI 

 

Country: Germany 

Song Name: Ubermorgen 

Artist: Mark Forster 

Song Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1tD41isys1o (Original) 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mQhcmUU_Gsw (w/ English subtitles) 

Country: Greece 

Song Name: MProvocas 

Artist: Dynoro & Fumaratto 

Song Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ojaKTbcImU 

Are there other global artists and songs that we missed? We’d love to hear about them! Share with us at internationalaffairs@chatham.edu!

Restricted and Expanded: Life During COVID-19

Dr. Linh Phung wrote this reflection to inspire her students to write their own reflection on their experience during COVID-19. She shares it here with the hope to hear more stories and reflections from others. 

Life-changing news came in droves in the week of March 9, 2020. Restrictions on gatherings were announced at the university earlier in the week. The IELTS workshop that I had spent so much time arranging was effectively cancelled. The much anticipated TESOL Convention, where thousands of English teachers would meet to share ideas and get inspired, was called off. On Thursday, after I finished teaching, I gathered my books and work computer to bring home, considering the high chance of not being able to return to work the following week. Then it all became clear on Friday, March 13. We were in “lockdown.” Every “non-essential” worker, not only at Chatham, but in many parts of the state, was ordered to stay at home. The daycare was closed, and my 18-month-old baby was also ordered to “shelter in place.” My husband and I congregated at home with laptops, monitors, and phones on the dining table, trying to work while the baby did everything but allow us to work. What just happened?

New COVID-related vocabularies broadcast on the air and though social media became everyday lingo: positive cases, contact tracing, social distancing, self-isolation, lockdown, and so on. Life had no choice but to go on, but in a much smaller and restricted manner in the physical space of home. In my English Language Program (ELP), some international students were recalled home while others were understandably disappointed with the move to virtual learning and physical confinement. “This is not the study-abroad experience that we signed up for” was the sentiment that many stated. The program carried on with 20 hours of English instruction on Zoom, offered conversation hours and games on Zoom, and gathered for the End-of-Term Celebration on Zoom. There were undoubtedly frustrations, challenges, and Zoom fatigue, but there were also highlights of what was inspiring and heart-warming as we came to terms with the new reality. One such highlight was what students wrote in their submissions to the ELP Writing Contest: words of hope, unity, care, and living life in the moment as well as the humor of “staring straight in the eyes” of the virus with a stern warning that “you can’t divide us.” All of these gave me the positive energy, going into another semester of virtual classes with the determination of making instruction better for students. There is no choice but to persist, is there?

End-of-Term Celebration

With students taking classes from four countries in vastly different time zones in the summer, the summer classes were challenging time-wise, yet diverse and exciting. Overall, I had a stellar group of students, and in the end, I think the semester was a success with students appreciating what they learned from the Reading course and the “Science of Wellbeing” course on Coursera that we were all enrolled in. To me, the “Happiness” course as we called it was a highlight of the summer as we learned about what really matters for our subjective happiness, the fallacies of our mind, and simple-to-understand-but-difficult-to-implement strategies to boost our happiness. Connecting with others, being kind to others, expressing gratitude, and focusing on the here-and-now are not only strategies supported by a large body of happiness research, but also, I think, ones that bring us together as social beings and help us look deeper into ourselves as individual beings. I’m still far from turning those strategies into sustainable habits, but I have some hope that by making these small changes,  I can better maintain my mental health and live a more meaningful life.

Being serious with other TESOL leaders

Now being well into the fall semester without any hope of Covid-19 going away anytime soon, I’ve also come to appreciate the silver linings of a world less restricted by physical barriers. Apart from teaching my usual lessons to college students, I have conducted countless virtual conversation hours for students of all ages. I’ve presented on Facebook live to nearly a thousand viewers. I’ve attended far more conference presentations than in any normal year. I talk with colleagues from all over the world on a weekly basis. I’m collaborating on research with friends and colleagues. I’ve found my professional life expanded. If happiness means having a pleasant life, an engaged life, and/or a meaningful life, I’m certainly having a more engaged work life and feeling good about it.

Fall 2020
The world is now hoping for a vaccine that can be efficiently distributed so that we can soon get back to our normal life: A life with concerts, gatherings, hugs, and kisses that no technologies can simulate. A life when we can go out to lunch with colleagues, visit places with students, and exchange small talks in hallways and on campus walks. However, I also wonder about the lasting impacts of the new ways of teaching, working, communicating, and conferencing during Covid on the future of my work and professional life. Some questions come to mind.
  • What elements of virtual teaching, assessment, and student services will likely stick around?
  • To what extent will university staff go back to work in the office and continue to telework?
  • What are the benefits and challenges of both options? What will encourage more productivity and engagement?
  • Will colleagues from near and far still gather to share ideas across borders or will we retreat back to our local networks?

Dare to make predictions? Please leave your comments!

October Immigration Updates from ISSS

October Immigration Updates

DHS Proposal to eliminate D/S
On September 25, 2020, a proposed rule was published to the Federal Register that would, if finalized, impact students and scholars on F and J visa status. The proposed rule seeks to eliminate D/S (duration of status) for these visa types, and instead implement date-specific admission. This impacts many aspects of international student and exchange visitor programs, including: limitations on how long a student can study, reduction of the F-1 grace period, required extension applications, and impacts on employment authorization, to name a few.

It is important to note that the proposed rule is not finalized. A period of public comment recently closed on October 26th.  Members of the Chatham community, including OIA, submitted comments opposing the proposed rule change.

Additional information on the proposed rule change, as well as current updates, can be found on the NAFSA interest site.

USCIS Fee Rule injunction (important for those filing OPT applications)

On September 29, 2020, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California issued a nationwide preliminary injunction and stay on implementation of the 2020 final USCIS fee rule in its entirety. New fees and form versions associated with that rule that were to be required on October 2, 2020, as well as all other aspects of the rule, are now on hold while the injunction is in placeRead the court’s order.

Based on the court injunction, USCIS is blocked from implementing the fee increase and new forms. As you are preparing to file an OPT application, or STEM-extension application, you will be able to use the current fees ($410) and the current form (issued 8/25/20) for your I-765 application.

OIA will keep you updated on the outcomes of these items. If you have any questions, please contact us at InternationalAffairs@Chatham.edu

International Education Week 2020

Join Chatham University and the US Department of State/US Department of Education as we celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide! The theme of the week at Chatham University is International Education: Study Abroad in Challenging Times. 2020 has been a challenging year for international education. Students share their experiences through essays, presentations, and recordings. Please visit this blog post for those contents. Join us for live events listed below.

ESSAYS, VIDEOS, AND OTHER CONTENTS

Blog Post: Popular Music from Around the World

Miku Nishii’s Video: Seeing the Opportunity in Every Difficulty

Lerlina Mondoally’s Video: Lessons from Studying Abroad During COVID-19

Personal Reflection: Restricted and Expanded: Life During Covid-19

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Monday, November 9

Study Abroad Q&A

4-5 PM, US Eastern Time

During the Study Abroad Q&A, OIA shared study abroad options for future terms, including the summer 2021 Chatham field experiences in Costa Rica, Cyprus and Taiwan, scholarships, and health and safety information for travel in the time of the pandemic.

Wednesday, November 11

International Student Employment Information Session

12-1PM, US Eastern Time

On Wednesday November 11th, OIA offered a session on “International student employment information session.”

This session covered eligible employment opportunities for those studying on F or J visas. Topics included on-campus employment, Curricular Practical Training (CPT), and Optional Practical Training (OPT). F and J visa holders have specific visa requirements regarding employment, and must follow these regulations to maintain status.

International Student and Scholar Services offers information session on international student employment monthly and students should attend at least one session before applying for CPT or OPT.

Thursday, November 12

International Symposium

3-5PM, US Eastern Time

Watch the full symposium recording.

On Thursday November 12, 2020, the Office of International Affairs hosted a virtual symposium on international education, with the theme of “Study Abroad in Challenging Times”.

The symposium allowed students to reflect on their experiences studying abroad in 2020: from the perspective of American students who went overseas and international students who studied in the United States.

The symposium began with a recorded message from keynote speaker Dr. Todd James Allen, an associate professor in the faculty of Foreign Language Studies at Kansai University. Dr. Allen spoke about education abroad from a Japanese perspective in the current context of COVID-19.  You can watch the keynote speech below:

Keynote speech by Dr. Todd Allen

Dr. Todd James Allen’s bio: Dr. Todd James Allen completed his PhD at the University of Queensland, researching Japanese listening behaviour. Currently, he is an Associate Professor at Kansai University, where he coordinates and teaches a number of English-language skills courses, intercultural communication and undergraduate and postgraduate academic writing. Todd’s research interests include Japanese-English (folk) pragmatics, academic skills development (e.g., presentation and writing), and is currently investigating the effects of study abroad on intercultural communication development. Todd is also editor-in-chief of Academe, Director of the Academic Writing Studies Society, and is a committee member for JALT Pragmatics special interest group

Student presenters reflected on their experiences abroad during 2020:

Hanna Thiele, 22’ presented on “Viajar en España”. Hanna is majoring in Political Science and studied abroad in Madrid, Spain during spring 2020.

Hiroki Nakai, a vising student from Kansai University, is currently studying in the United States. Hiroki’s major is Foreign Language Studies, and he presented on “An eccentric 10-month new challenge.”

Walker Orner, 21’, presented on “Studying Abroad During a Pandemic: Making the Most of Any Situation.” Walker is majoring in Media Arts, with a concentration in Filmmaking, and studied abroad in Angers, France during spring 2020.

Miku Nishii, a visiting student from Kansai University, is currently studying virtually from Japan. Miku’s major is Foreign Language Studies, and she presented on “How I saw the opportunity in this difficult time.”

Attendees were able to reflect on the presentations and discuss positive impacts of study abroad, as well as consider what programs will look like in the future.

Attendees voted on their favorite presentations, choosing Hiroki Nakai’s “An eccentric 10-month new challenge” and Walker Orner’s “Studying abroad during a Pandemic: Making the Most of Any situation” as their favorite.

Thank you to all presenters for sharing their experiences, to Dr. Todd Allen, and to the attendees of the International Education Week symposium!

A video recording of the symposium will be uploaded to the OIA blog shortly.

Friday, November 13

Let’s Talk with Dr. Linh Phung

9-10am, US Eastern Time

Participants in three countries joined Dr. Linh Phung and students at Chatham University for a Story Circles session. They shared stories in response to the following two prompts in small groups and then discussed themes that emerged in their stories in a whole group discussion.

Prompts:
1. Please tell us your name and three words or phrases that describe your background and why those words/phrases are important to you. (TALK FOR 2 MINUTES)
2. What is one of the most positive interactions you have had with a person(s) who is different from you, and what made this such a positive experience? (TALK FOR 2-3 MINUTES)

Let’s Talk Friday, Nov 13

Friday, November 13

Global Focus Event – Global Focus: Cyprus and Music

11AM-12:30PM, US Eastern Time

Attendees learned about Cyprus and Music from presenter Dr. Kenneth Smith, Associate Professor, University of Nicosia – Department of Music and Dance.  Dr. Smith used the structure of a Cypriot wedding to discuss Music Variety, Music Life and Different Music Genres. In discussing a typical Cypriot wedding, we learned about presentational and participatory music in the wedding preparation and during the ceremony.  Dr. Smith also discussed the types of music heard during a Cypriot wedding, including traditional Greek and Cypriot songs when the bride and groom get ready at their homes, Byzantine chanting at the ceremony, as well as jazz and popular Cypriot, Greek and world music during different stages of the reception. The presentation gave attendees an overview of many Cypriot cultural traditions, some exposure to musical instruments typical in the region, and how music plays a big part in Cypriot culture and life.

Flyer: iew2020

Virtual Study Abroad Fair – How to Participate!

Image by Marina Stroganova from Pixabay

Thanks to the many students who have already signed up for this year’s Virtual Study Abroad Fair! For others who have not yet registered, here’s an easy guide:

How to Register

  1. Go to the Registration Page on LunaFairs.
  2. Create your account and select your study abroad preferences. Our program matching tool will help you refine your search and find the best program for you.
  3. Explore the site. “Favorite” programs for easy access to return to during the live sessions, and check out our University Booths for more information on Chatham’s Education Abroad programs and scholarship opportunities.

As a reminder, remaining fair open times are this week, Oct. 19-22 (11-4 pm)  and Nov. 16-19 (11-4 pm), but you can register and review provider and Chatham options anytime until November 20, 2020.

Happy exploring!  Questions about the fair or study abroad in general? Please contact the Office of International Affairs, internationalaffairs@chatham.edu.

Q&A on Summer 2021 Field Experiences

Does my Financial Aid apply to the summer programs?

Financial aid may apply, contact financialaid@chatham.edu for details on your aid toward a summer program and/or applying for additional loans.

If you are a Pell grant recipient, Pell funding may apply for 6+ credit programs (Cyprus & Taiwan)


What outside scholarships can I apply for?

Pell grant recipients can apply for Gilman scholarship funding (deadline will be in early March 2021), see https://www.gilmanscholarship.org/

Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) funds students with demonstrated financial need; encourages students underrepresented in study abroad (app opens in November for 2021-22 programs) https://fundforeducationabroad.org/apply/

For the Taiwan program, Freeman Awards for Study in Asia (Freeman-ASIA) provides scholarships for U.S. undergraduate students with demonstrated financial need to study abroad in East or Southeast Asia. The application opens in early 2021 https://www.iie.org/Programs/Freeman-ASIA/


What experiential learning scholarships can I apply for through Chatham?

Students may apply for Chatham experiential learning scholarships which offer summer funding (application deadline is 2/28/21). These awards are competitive as funding is limited.

There are two general awards toward summer study: Glenda Rich DeBroff ‘60 Scholarship and Sally Mercke Heym ‘63 Scholarship;  there are two awards toward environmental field work (Loren Maazel -Rachel Carson and Theo Colburn-Rachel Carson awards).

For more information and experiential learning scholarship application, please see https://chatham.edu/academics/international-programs/scholarships-and-vouchers.html 

 


Where can I learn more about course content?

Please contact the faculty leaders:

Costa Rica: Dr. Cunningham, h.Cunningham@chatham.edu; Dr. Bell, mbell@chatham.edu

Cyprus: Dr. Carrillo, acarrillo@chatham.edu; Dr. Rossbach, drossbach@chatham.edu

Taiwan: Dr. Kingsbury, kkingsbury@chatham.edu; Dr. Tippen, ctippen@chatham.edu

For Cyprus & Taiwan, see https://chatham.abroadoffice.net/ course descriptions for links to non-Chatham coursework


How do I apply?

Please use the links at https://chatham.edu/academics/international-programs/field-experiences.html or see https://chatham.abroadoffice.net/

You must create an abroadoffice user account and complete all required sections of the application.

The application deadline is 12/2/2020.


Is there any risk in applying for a field experience?

No. Chatham will announce if summer study abroad is permitted in January 2021. Participating students would not be asked for a deposit or any other commitment until after that announcement.


When will students be notified of acceptance to a field experience?

If a field experience receives enough applications to meet its minimum enrollment number prior to the 12/2/20 deadline, applications will be reviewed and accepted students will be conditionally accepted. Otherwise, students can expect to hear about the status of their application in mid-December.

All summer 2021 Chatham field experiences are conditionally approved at this time. A decision on summer 2021 study abroad will be announced in January 2021.


I am graduating in spring. Can I participate? 

Chatham field experiences are academic programs. Participants must be current undergraduate students taking the courses for credit. If you are graduating in spring, you may only participate if you need credits or need this specific course to fulfill your graduation requirements. Contact your academic advisor with questions about fulfillment of graduation requirements.


What’s included in the program fee? 

Specific inclusions vary by program. Please read the “What is Included” section of Chatham.abroadoffice.net for each field experience for information.

Generally included: RT airfare to/from Pittsburgh; housing; travel insurance; in-country transportation; activities and excursions that are part of program; some meals (varies)

Not included: personal expenses, passports, Chatham tuition + fees (Costa Rica)


When would I need to have a valid passport? 

For Taiwan, by December 15 for visa processing.

For Costa Rica and Cyprus, TBD, but plan on having your valid passport/ applying no later than January announcement.

Passports are good for 10 years. Apply/renew now!


Where do I apply for a passport? 

First time applicants must apply in person. https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/passports/how-apply/where-to-apply.html

In Pittsburgh, the Allegheny County Dept. of Court Records, 414 Grant Street, 412-350-6071, does not require appointments. Open 8:30-4:30 M,T,R,F; 8:30-7:30 W.

To renew your passport, you may be able to apply by mail.

See https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/passports/


What do I need to apply for a passport? 

  1. Form DS-11 (complete online)

2. Citizenship evidence (US birth certificate or expired/unexpired passport)

3. Photocopy of citizenship evidence

4. ID (driver’s license or US passport)

5. Photo (must meet photo requirements)

6. Fees

See specifics of document requirements https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/passports/


How much is a U.S. passport?

Passport book is $110

Execution fee is $35

Expedite fee is $60 (if you need a passport in 4-6 weeks)

See https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/passports/


What will happen when programs are approved? 

When the university approves programs (January 2021), accepted students will be contacted and asked to make a $500 deposit and sign a Participation Agreement including Informed Consent regarding COVID-19.

Program leaders will announce pre-departure meetings and required pre-departure training for each field experience.


How do students get the $1200 voucher? 

Students do not need to file any additional paperwork for the $1200 one-time study abroad voucher. If you qualify (have 30 or more credits, 15 at Chatham) by start of program, voucher will be added to your aid for the term in which you study abroad, reducing the amount students pay by $1200.


Where can I learn more about the International Studies Certificates and the $1,800 International Studies Certificate voucher awarded to students who are in the process of completing their International Certificate?

International Studies Certificates are completed through the International Studies department. Please see certificate requirements at https://my.chatham.edu/tools/_departments/advising/checklists/list.cfm?CatalogID=15&CatID=4.  The coordinators for the certificates are Dr. Sene, Africa, Dr. Kingsbury, Asia, Dr. Rossbach, Europe and Middle East, and Dr. Martin, Latin America.


How do students demonstrate eligibility for the International Studies Certificate funding ($1800)?

Complete and have certificate advisor sign off on the Verification form. Please return scan or photo of completed form to internationalaffairs@chatham.edu.


When would I pay for a summer field experience? 

For programs that are moving forward, students would make a $500 deposit in January. As field experiences are summer programs, the balance of program fee + tuition would be billed by Student Accounts in March/April, due in May. Students may sign up for a summer payment plan through Student Accounts.


What if a program is interrupted/cancelled? 

While Chatham would make every effort to refund any fees that have not been allocated, there are hard costs to programs that may not be recoverable. Enrollment is not without risk (participating students agree to share this risk in the Participation Agreement with Informed Consent regarding COVID-19).


What does travel insurance cover?

Travel insurance is a supplemental insurance policy that covers you while you are abroad. Travel insurance is through iNext, https://www.inext.com/. Travel insurance for the program dates is included as part of your program fee:

iNext Comprehensive Basic Plan, $250,000 Medical / $500,000 Accident

Travel Delay (12 hours) (up to $250/Day) ………………………………. $2,500

Baggage and Personal Effects……………………………………………………. $2,000

Baggage Delay (24 hours) ………………………………………………………………. $200

Accidental Death & Dismemberment (24 hour)……………………. $20,000

Accident Medical Expense ……………………………………………………… $500,000

Sickness Medical Expense ……………………………………………………… $250,000

Emergency Medical Evacuation, Medical Repatriation and Return of Remains ………………………………………………………………………………….. $1,000,000  

Coverage includes a 24-hour emergency assistance line.

If participant contracts COVID during covered period (study abroad) it is considered a covered illness.


Does travel insurance cover trip cancellation?

No, it does not.  Individual participants can consider purchasing trip cancellation insurance, also known as a Cancel For Any Reason (CFAR) or Interrupt For Any Reason (IFAR) Policy. Policies will have varying coverage (typically up to a percentage of total cost of program).

The following sites are offered as information only (not endorsed)

https://www.culturalinsurance.com/

https://www.insubuy.com/


Please also see previous post https://blogs.chatham.edu/oia/2020/09/25/chatham-summer-2021-field-experiences/ for important field experience information.

Do you have a question that is not addressed here? Please reach out to internationalaffairs@chatham.edu.

Thank you!

Chatham Summer 2021 Field Experiences

shows students on a Chatham field experience
Field experience students in Greece, 2019

Chatham Summer 2021 Field Experiences are now open for application! Program options are:

Costa RicaEducation and Social Work for Sustainability, Dr. Bell and Dr. Cunningham

CyprusExploring Environmental Extremes, Dr. Carrillo

CyprusSpecial Topics – Politics of Cyprus, Dr. Rossbach

TaiwanFulbright Taiwan Tunghai Program, Dr. Kingsbury and Dr. Tippen

Please click on the above links for program and application information. The application deadline is 12/2/2020.

Important Notes:

  1. At this time, Summer 2021 field experiences are conditionally approved and will only run if health and safety conditions, including visa and entry restrictions, US Dept. of State Travel Advisory and CDC Travel Health Notice for each location, permit. Chatham does not approve study abroad to US Dept. of State locations with a Level 3 or Level 4 Travel Advisory; or to locations with a CDC Travel Health Notice of Level 3. Restrictions on entry, including quarantine and testing requirements, and other travel conditions may also affect Chatham’s ability to offer these field experiences.
  2. Chatham will announce a decision on if summer 2021 study abroad will be permitted in January 2021. There is no risk or cost to students in applying for a summer field experience. Deposits for students participating in these field experiences would not be due until after the January 2021 announcement.
  3. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, conditions may require changes to field experience programs, including program dates, cost, facilities, activities, transportation, and itinerary. Students considering participating in these field experiences will need to be flexible, understand the risks of participation, and will be required to agree to health and safety protocols and any restrictions put in place by Chatham, in-country partners, and country, regional and local agencies. Chatham is monitoring travel conditions and is working closely with in-country partners for updates on current protocols, restrictions and health and safety information. Chatham is committed to transparency in communicating information that may affect these field experience programs.
  4. Students may apply their $1,200 study abroad voucher toward any of these field experiences. This one-time voucher is available to each undergraduate student who has 30+ credits, at least 15 of which have been completed at Chatham. Students do not need to apply for the study abroad voucher; it is applied to your Chatham account for the term in which you study abroad, reducing the amount you pay by $1,200. For the Cyprus and Taiwan field experiences, students completing an International Studies Certificate may apply their $1,800 certificate funding toward the program cost. For more information the International Studies Certificates, please see the Certificate checklists at https://my.chatham.edu/tools/_departments/advising/checklists/
  5. Students may apply for Chatham experiential learning scholarships which offer summer funding (application deadline is 2/28/21). These awards are competitive as funding is limited. Please see https://chatham.edu/academics/international-programs/scholarships-and-vouchers.html
  6. Students who receive Federal Pell grants may be eligible to use Pell funding toward summer programs of 6 or more credits (please contact Office of Financial Aid for details of your award) and should consider applying for a Gilman Scholarship for additional funding (there are two application deadlines -10/6/20 and early March 2021 for summer 2021 study abroad).

Join the Zoom Q&A on Summer 2021 Chatham Field Experiences on Friday October 9, 12:30-1:30 pm. See https://my.chatham.edu/happenings/details.cfm?EventID=28393 to register for this Zoom meeting.

Questions? Please reach out to field experience faculty leaders and/ or internationalaffairs@chatham.edu

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