- Safety Protocols
- Evaluating a Location’s Safety
- Vaccination Policy
- Announcements & Updates for Augsburg Students Participating on non-CGEE programs
- Customized International Programs
- Virtual Learning
- Additional Contacts at CGEE
CGEE has developed 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 March 23, 2022). Please note this document is updated regularly as the dynamics of covid-19 and country-specific measures around the world are ever-changing.
For information on our “River Semester” see the River Semester Safety Protocols Document.
- What is the incidence of COVID-19 in the destination country compared to the incidence in the parts of the United States where our students come from?
- Are public health experts saying that new COVID-19 variants pose a significantly higher risk for travelers to the destination country?
- How are national and local officials addressing COVID-19 and protecting the public? Is the number of cases declining? Is the health care system able to handle the needs of foreign visitors like our students?
- Do CGEE’s emergency and contingency protocols at the site allow for flexibility in course delivery if modes of delivery must be modified in the middle of a program
- Are we able to implement and manage safety precautions in our facilities (social distancing, self-isolation needs, the disinfecting of classroom spaces, etc.)
- Can we ensure an acceptable level of safety for our local hosts? Do they want in-person programming to occur?
Booster shots are believed to confer substantial protection against COVID-19 variants, including Delta and Omicron.
CGEE's data sources for making determinations include the WHO, the Johns Hopkins University Center for Systems Science and Engineering, and the Minnesota Department of Health.
CGEE does not rely on U.S. State Department Travel Advisories for the evaluation of COVID-related risks. State Department COVID advisories are correlated to the CDC’s Travel Risk Assessment system, which does not permit useful comparative analysis. Based on this system, nearly 80% of the countries in the world receive the State Department’s “Level 4 – Do Not Travel” advisory, with no distinction between places where COVID transmission is being arrested and places where it remains uncontrolled (as well as no adjustment for the vaccination status of the person traveling). In fact, not only would the United States itself receive a Level 4 advisory under this system, but COVID-related risks are actually higher in parts of the U.S. than they are in many of the countries with the Level 4 designation.
CGEE continues to rely on U.S State Department Travel Advisories for the evaluation of non-COVID-related risks. We do not operate programs in countries under a Level 4 advisory for risks related to violence, crime, political or civil unrest, terrorism, and recent natural disasters. CGEE also continues to incorporate CDC guidance into on-site health and safety protocols.
If you have questions about our decision criteria, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
See the CGEE Customized Programs page for more information, or contact our director of customized programs, Peggy Johnson (email@example.com).
Additionally, we are proud to continue our customized virtual programming! We are able to offer visits to a country or region from the comfort of your own classroom. Multiple options are available, including: Virtual Immersions, the Global Competence Certificate program, and the “World to Classroom” speaker series! For more information, contact our director of customized programs, Peggy Johnson (firstname.lastname@example.org).