Health and Safety Updates

Last Updated 2/24/2022 – Please review information for students, faculty and staff.

Study Abroad Programs

  • Spring and Summer 2022 Study Abroad Programs 
    • Select programs in countries with U.S. Department of State (DoS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) travel advisory levels 3 and 4 have been given conditional approval to run, contingent upon participants completing additional pre-departure requirements.   
    • Programs in countries with DoS and CDC travel advisory levels of 1 and 2 are approved to run, and participation will be contingent upon students meeting additional pre-departure requirements.
    • Some programs may be suspended or postponed due to country-specific regulations, risk factors, and/or low enrollment. Check specific programs on Cal Poly Abroad for further information.
    • The Cal Poly International Center is carefully monitoring the situation in Ukraine. We do not anticipate that the conflict will impact our study abroad programs. Because student health and safety is Cal Poly’s highest priority, we are asking students to avoid travel to Ukraine and to any country that shares a border with Ukraine. These countries include Belarus, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Russia and Slovakia.
  • Vaccinations against COVID-19 are required for study abroad participation. The CDC indicates the following as of November 8, 2021: Do not travel internationally until you are fully vaccinated.   The  CDC encourages you get a COVID-19 vaccine booster dose if you are eligible.
    • Students must show proof of vaccination. While the CSU (Cal Poly) allows for exemptions as outlined in the CSU Vaccine Announcement  students must understand that the vaccination and booster policies for the country to which they are traveling, the regional government, program or institution or other entity, may require them to be vaccinated/boosted regardless of the CSU exemption that they have been granted.
  • Trip cancellation insurance and refundable tickets are highly recommended. Travelers for all programs should monitor how the global health situation develops. At the time of purchase, participants should insure their flights against trip disruption and/or cancellation or have fully refundable tickets.
  • Students preparing for any future programs abroad should consult the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and  U.S. Department of State for ongoing recommendations.

Virtual Internship & International Study Opportunities

  • Students are encouraged to explore alternate options for study and interning abroad, including Virtual Study Abroad programs and Virtual International Internships.
  • The International Center offers consultations and resources for faculty interested in integrating Virtual Exchange into their classes. Visit Virtual Exchange Resources for more information. 

International Students & Scholars

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Department of State have temporarily modified F-1 and J-1 visa regulations for the 2021-22 academic year. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) continues to update travel restrictions for entry to the U.S., and they are subject to change at any time. 

  • Students entering the U.S. with an Initial Attendance or Transfer Pending I-20  are required to be enrolled full time and complete at least one in-person class on campus during their first term to maintain F-1 visa status.
  • Continuing F-1 students  who want to keep their F-1 visa status active must enroll full time, whether in the U.S. or outside the U.S., to maintain eligibility for Curricular Practical Training (CPT) and/or Optional Practical Training (OPT) in the future. All continuing students must submit an Enrollment Plans form through the International Student Hub.
  • Students wanting to apply for OPT  are required to attend classes within the U.S. in their final quarter whether in person or virtual.
  • J-1 Exchange Students  must take a majority of their classes in person to maintain J-1 visa status. 
  • All Students must comply with the Cal Poly vaccination requirements, including both COVID-19 vaccine and other mandatory immunizations. Visit Cal Poly COVID-19 vaccination and testing requirements for more information. View Campus Health & Wellbeing information about additional mandatory immunizations.
  • J-1 Visiting Professors and Research Scholars and Student Interns will only be issued a DS-2019 to apply for a J-1 visa if physical presence on campus is necessary to achieve their academic goals. They must comply with Cal Poly COVID-19 vaccination and testing requirements for Employees and the CDC COVID Vaccination and Testing Requirements.

Faculty/Staff Traveling without Students

  • All faculty/staff travel without students is through Concur/PolyTravel (the Strategic Business Services department) effective July 1, 2021.
  • Faculty/staff international travel that includes students will continue to be vetted by the International Center. Visit International Travel for further information.

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