As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact our world, the health and safety of students remains our top priority. We continue to monitor the global health landscape, including travel restrictions, quarantine requirements, infection rates, and future vaccine availability in each of our program locations, and will continue to make decisions that prioritize the health and safety of students and the communities in which we operate.

We pledge to continue prioritizing student health, safety, and wellbeing, while never compromising the academic quality of our programs, and will critically assess the best courses of action for our students and our university partners.

HEALTH & SAFETY PROTOCOLS

We have put a series of new protocols and procedures into place to reflect this unprecedented time. These protocols are specific to each individual program and its unique geographic location and align with the recommended practices of the CDC and local authorities. These protocols include, but are not limited to, social distancing, frequent hand washing, cleaning/disinfecting, and regular use of PPE. All students, faculty, and staff are expected to respect and comply with specific requirements they may encounter on their program to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Additional information can be found on the CDC’s website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/

Scholarship & Christianity in Oxford (SCIO) safely welcomed back students in Spring 2021 with increased health and safety protocols in place, including self-isolation upon arrival (required by the UK government), required face coverings, social distancing, and a restriction on the number of people who may gather in any one place. Small groups of students are placed in “bubbles” to allow for safe community—living, cooking, and socializing together. Courses are designed with the flexibility of being able to pivot to an online format should the situation change, and comprehensive isolation protocols are in place should anyone exhibit symptoms.

Our American Studies Program in Washington, D.C., and Middle East Studies Program in Amman, Jordan, safely welcomed students for the Fall 2021 semester. We continue to monitor the ongoing impact in both locations and making individual program modifications as needed to ensure safety and mitigate risk in both housing accommodations and learning experiences. We have developed and continue to comply with comprehensive health and safety guidelines for both programs that includes basic preventative measures including social distancing, frequent hand washing, cleaning/disinfecting, and regular use of PPE. These guidelines have been and will continue to be shared with students prior to their semester away.

We continue to provide frequent updates and support to students, parents, and partner campuses via email and this website.

Due to the global impact of COVID-19, our prior suite of program offerings is still reduced. Here are the most current program updates:

  • Scholarship & Christianity in Oxford (SCIO) has safely welcomed back students for the Spring 2021 semester, Summer 2021 programme, Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 semesters.
  • The American Studies Program in Washington, D.C., and Middle East Studies Program in Amman, Jordan, have returned and safely welcomed students for the Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 semesters.
  • The Contemporary Music Center, now run by Greenville University, has re-started and welcomed students for the Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 semesters. Click here for more details.
  • The Uganda Studies Program, now run solely under the umbrella of Uganda Christian University, has re-started and welcomed students for the Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 semesters. Click here for more details.
  • The L.A. Film Studies Center, has returned for the spring of 2022 semester as a pilot program in a partnership with Olivet Nazarene University. Click here for more details.
  • The Northern Ireland Semester is now run through a joint partnership between John Brown University and George Fox University. Students from any CCCU campus are eligible to study in Northern Ireland during the spring semester with George Fox University. Click here for more details.
  • The Australia Studies Centre and Latin American Studies Program will not run during the 2021-22 academic year. We continue to explore alternative avenues for running these programs in the future, and any new updates will be communicated via this page.

For the Fall semester, all students participating in one of the CCCU GlobalEd Semester Programs (in Amman, Oxford, or Washington, D.C.) are required to be fully vaccinated*. This decision is based on our desire to give all students the best experience possible, while also demonstrating our commitment to the health and safety of our students, our staff, and the local communities that graciously welcome us.  

More specifically, we feel that vaccines protect our students as they live in close community with one another throughout the semester. Vaccinated students also protect themselves from last-minute travel restrictions and quarantines imposed by local and national governments, airlines, and local business (e.g., hotels) and are provided with greater freedom of movement and access to events and locations, allowing students to fully experience all that each program has to offer. We feel a strong responsibility to our local communities, as vaccinated students are less likely to be infected without showing symptoms and thereby potentially less likely to transmit COVID-19 to others in the local community, as well as to other students in the program.   

We look forward to partnering with students in creating a safe learning and living environment in our programs in Amman, Oxford, and Washington, D.C. We ask that students upload documentation of their completed COVID-19 vaccination to their application no later than August 1, 2022, if this is a problem, please contact a GlobalEd admissions coordinator (globaled@cccu.org).  

Additionally, students should plan to bring proof of vaccination with them as they travel to their program locations to assure easier travel while also removing the possibility of the need to quarantine upon arrival.  

Given the unpredictable nature of the virus, the CCCU reserves the right to change this policy if needed as the COVID landscape changes. Any future changes to the policy will be shared with students quickly and we will work with individual students to mitigate the impact of changes as they occur. We appreciate your flexibility as we continue to navigate COVID together.  

If there is a medical reason you as a student need to request a waiver, please contact a GlobalEd admission coordinator (globaled@cccu.org) and a medical waiver form will be sent to you. We will do our best to accommodate medical waivers, within the multiple factors that we must consider related to the health and safety of everyone involved in our programs as well as assuring government compliance in each of our program locations. All waivers must be received by May 15, 2022.    

*Fully vaccinated as defined by the CDC:  Everyone is still considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose in a two-shot series, such as the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines, or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as the J&J/Janssen vaccine. Fully vaccinated, however is not the same as optimally protected. To be optimally protected, a person needs to get a booster shot when and if eligible. While booster shots are not required for our programs, they are strongly recommended.