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COVID-19 Updates

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Safety Protocols

CGEE developed our on-site safety protocols in consultation with an epidemiologist and expert in global public health from the Augsburg University faculty. In addition, we incorporate recommendations of the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), and health authorities in the host countries where CGEE programs occur.

CGEE program site staff, including program support staff, have received training regarding the protocols and have participated in briefings with local health authorities. Depending on the country in question, these authorities have been representatives from the national ministry of health or representatives from provincial or municipal public health institutions.

For detailed information, please review our CGEE COVID-19 Protocols Document for our international locations (last updated October 11, 2022). Please note this document is updated regularly as the dynamics of COVID-19 and country-specific measures are ever-changing. 

For information on our “River Semester” see the River Semester Safety Protocols Document.

Vaccination Policy

To safeguard the health of students, staff, faculty, and community members on our programs, Augsburg CGEE requires program participants to provide proof of full vaccination at least 2 weeks prior to the program start date.  Boosters are highly recommended. This policy applies to international and domestic programs run and operated by Augsburg CGEE.

Program participants wishing to request an exemption from this policy for a medical reason or due to a sincerely held religious belief must submit a Vaccination Exemption Form to begin the accommodation process. Those seeking a waiver to this policy may submit a Vaccination Exemption Form, but it will rarely be possible to approve a waiver request, as doing so will, in most cases, present undue risk to local communities and require accommodations that would fundamentally alter program activities and curricula. 

The vaccination waiver process for off-campus study is in addition to any waiver approvals the University may have granted for on-campus study. Host country entry requirements or domestic venue requirements override any exemptions.

Pre-departure Testing Policy

Participants on Augsburg CGEE programs must provide proof of negative COVID test 2 days prior to departure.  Both antigen (home tests) and molecular tests (PCR) are acceptable testing methods. Participants on semester programs will submit proof of vaccination directly to the program staff.  Participants on short-term and customized programs will provide proof through their institution’s mechanisms.  See full protocol for onsite testing requirements.

Customized International Programs

CGEE continues to plan, and accept proposals for, short-term customized programs with partner colleges and universities and other external institutions. Programs that are currently being developed comprise all CGEE locations—Mexico, Central America, Cuba, Colombia, Southern Africa, Italy, and Palestine. We anticipate high demand for customized programming in 2022-23 and therefore encourage partners to book their dates now to reserve their spots! 

See the CGEE Customized Programs page for more information, or contact our director of customized programs, Peggy Johnson ( 

Announcements & Updates for Augsburg Students (Exchange, Affiliate and Short-term Faculty-led)

Augsburg University has resumed off-campus study in most locations. See individual programs for more information. Augsburg students can view their program options here.


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