Adventure - Art - Culture - Juniors Abroad at George Fox

George Fox University and Coronavirus

Impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19) on George Fox Study Abroad Trips

Due to continuing concerns regarding the spread of coronavirus, George Fox is monitoring the situations in each of the countries in which we currently have students or where we are planning faculty-led student trips. In consultation with senior administrators and faculty leaders, we are taking the following actions to keep our students safe: 


November 2020 - all Juniors Abroad international trips for May 2021 have been canceled. We will be organizing several in country trips for seniors in May 2021. 
Spring 2021 semester abroad - the University is allowing a small number of students to study abroad during the Spring semester of 2021 if the programs and countries meet all of our COVID-19 safety requirements and protocols.

Safety Measures

The safety of our students is our No. 1 priority. Below are the policies and procedures that we have implemented to assure that our students are as safe as possible.

  • We receive daily notifications of worldwide concerns from the Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC).
  • We monitor the US Department of State – Bureau of Consular Affairs Travel Advisories.
  • We monitor the Center for Disease Control (CDC) notices and recommendations.
  • We have met with the Juniors Abroad faculty to discuss safety issues.
  • We have provided each Juniors Abroad student with the Safety and Travel Tips Handbook. (The faculty of each class will discuss this handbook, as wells as trip specific safety issues.)
  • Each trip has registered with STEP (Smart Traveler Enrollment Program). STEP is an official site of the U.S. Department of State and sends information and alerts about safety conditions around the world.  
  • The university provides emergency travel medical insurance through CHUBB Insurance for all students and faculty. This insurance includes information on emergency medical evacuation travel assistance, physician/dental/hospital referrals, and general information for every country in the world.
  • Each faculty member has a mobile phone with emergency contact numbers and all student cell phone numbers and email addresses.
  • Each student on a trip is required to check in with the faculty member at least once a day.
  • Each trips’ faculty will provide students with instructions in case of emergency, such as where to meet in case of an emergency
  • The university keeps a database of students, student phone numbers, emails, trips, parents name and email addresses.
  • The Center for Study Abroad and the George Fox Public Safety offices are available 24/7.
  • In case of an emergency event the university will contact all parents or guardians with an update of circumstances for the George Fox group.
  • Students are required to carry ID and an Emergency Information Card that includes all emergency contact numbers.

Expectations for Students on International Trips

Students must obey the following rules or they will be sent home at their own expense and fail the course.

  • Never go anywhere alone. Always go in groups of three or more.
  • Students cannot leave the city they are visiting without permission from the faculty members.
  • Students cannot go to any location that is forbidden by the faculty members. 

As always, our primary concern is the safety of students and faculty as they travel the world. We realize that travel, whether within the United States or abroad is not risk free. However, we also are committed to allowing our students to further their education through studying abroad. As we try and balance these two desires we require students to follow the instructions of faculty leaders and take every precaution to be safe.