Dear parents and students,
After a long and challenging year, we can finally see some signs of hope. Marking the long-awaited breakthrough in the global fight against the pandemic, several FDA-approved vaccines are now being distributed in the U.S. and abroad. Together with all of you we hope that this process will gradually help us all return to our normal lives and continue to enjoy travel and study abroad. To give our parents and students the peace of mind and help them make their summer plans risk-free we are now including a travel insurance policy that covers Covid-19 contingencies, subject to policy conditions.
We are receiving many questions from parents and students who are eager to plan their summer. For your information, here are some of the most common ones. Please contact us at any time with any additional questions or requests you may have.
Are you planning to run your 2021 summer programs? What if the pandemic and travel restrictions continue through the summer of 2021?
At present, we continue with our normal summer planning and we expect to run our 2021 programs as usual. We hope that the vaccination process will continue through the first half of 2021 and make it possible for international travel to resume by next summer. Should any unforeseen events delay this process, we will promptly notify our families and offer either alternative domestic options or a refund according to our policies (see below).
Do you include travel insurance such as trip cancellation, trip interruption and medical coverage? Will it cover cancellations for Covid-related reasons, medical issues, accidents or other contingencies?
Yes, we now include trip cancellation, trip interruption and medical evacuation insurance for our students, as well as a 24/7 emergency assistance service, at no additional cost. It will make your summer travel arrangements virtually risk-free and cover you in the event that you have to cancel or interrupt your trip, require medical attention or evacuation, experience an accident, luggage delay or loss, and many other contingencies. If the Covid-19 pandemic continues, it will cover your program fee, airfare and other trip expenses should you need to cancel your trip because of medical issues, covered reasons related to the Covid-19 pandemic or other contingencies (subject to policy conditions). For details, please email us at [email protected], call us at 888-462-2239 or “chat” with us online at any time.
If the pandemic continues and if I need to cancel for this summer will I be able to get a refund? Is there a deadline for canceling with a refund? How can I make my summer plans “Covid-proof”?
In the unlikely event that the pandemic continues through the summer you will have several options: to transfer to a domestic destination, receive credit for next summer or use the travel cancellation insurance provided by our program to receive a refund (see above). Email or call us for details.
Will you follow any particular safety rules/protocol next summer? Will you require or recommend vaccinations and Covid-19 tests?
We will abide by the CDC Travel Guidelines and Guidelines for Summer Programs. We will keep our families updated on a regular basis and work together to devise the optimal safety protocol for our students and staff. It is possible that pre-departure tests, social distancing and masks will be required during foreign travel. It is not yet clear if this will include mandatory vaccinations.
If you are not yet sure about your summer plans but would like us to keep you posted regarding our enrollment, summer preparations, travel and safety conditions and related issues, please put your name and email on our Contact List (we do not spam and it’s obligation-free). That way we will keep you updated and share some helpful information as we get closer to the summer.
What if I decide to switch from a European program to one in the United States or Canada? What options do you have for those who prefer to stay closer to home?
If at any point you decide to switch to a domestic program and stay closer to home, we will transfer your application and apply your payments to any domestic program of your choice, without any additional fees. You may want to consider the “Euro Village” program in Quebec, Canada; the Pre-College Enrichment and College Experience programs in Boston; and the California Adventure program in Santa Barbara.