COVID-19 and Studying Abroad

Effective March 12, 2020, all university-related international and domestic travel is suspended until further notice. All spring and summer study abroad programs have been cancelled. At this time, fall study abroad programs are expected to continue as planned. Campus coronavirus updates are available at coronavirus.mst.edu.

Students Currently Abroad

If you are currently studying abroad, please consider your current situation and, together with your families and support networks, make a decision that best supports your personal and educational goals. At this time, you have the option of returning to the United States or staying at your study-abroad location.

 Please notify studyabroad@mst.edu of the following:

  • Status of host-university (courses moved online, holidays extensions, etc.)
  • Flight itineraries for any side trips outside host country
  • Flight itinerary for return trip to U.S. at end of exchange program

Students Returning to U.S. from Abroad

All study-abroad students returning to the United States from abroad must stay home for 14 days before they return to campus.

  • Please notify studyabroad@mst.edu of the following:
    • Planned date of return
    • Flight itinerary
    • After your return to the U.S., where do you plan to stay (town, county, state)
  • For on campus housing assistance upon your return, please notify studyabroad@mst.edu and we will assist with making housing availble while you self-monitor for the required 14-day period.
  • For questions about classes or transfer credit, please contact Phaze Roeder at studyabroad@mst.edu.

Steps to Take

Notify your local health department ASAP that you have returned to the U.S. and that you are in a self-monitoring status.

If you need assistance in identifying your local health department please contact Student Health Services at mstshs@mst.edu. This step must be completed.

Keep a detailed record of your travel history from the time you left your host country.  This includes flight numbers, times, delays, and any screening that occurred in your route.

Notify Dr. Dennis Goodman, S&T Chief Medical Officer, at dgoodman@mst.eduIMMEDIATELY of your arrival and your location.

Current information is available at coronavirus.mst.edu.

Students should do the following:

  • Stay home except to get medical care. Contact your personal health care provider to set up an appointment for after the 14th day of self-monitoring for medical clearance.
  • Please do not take any visitors.
  • Do not go to work, school, or public areas.
  • Avoid using public transportation, ride-sharing, or taxis.
  • Separate yourself from other people and animals in your home.
    • People: As much as possible, you should stay in a specific room and away from other people in your home. Also, you should use a separate bathroom, if available.
    • Animals: You should restrict contact with pets and other animals, just as you would around other people.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing. Then immediately wash your hands, as instructed below.
  • Clean your hands often by washing them with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains 60%–95% alcohol immediately after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose. Soap and water should be used if hands are visibly dirty.
  • Avoid sharing personal household items (cups, dishes, utensils, toothbrush, towels, etc.).
  • Clean all “high-touch” surfaces such as doorknobs, remote controls, counter tops, bathrooms or any other shared areas at least daily with a disinfectant spray or wipes.
  • Monitor your symptoms, including your temperature, morning and night. Best practice is to record your temperature and symptoms twice daily to see if there are any trends or patterns. Bring this document to your health care provider when seeking clearance.
  • A sample monitoring record is available for you to use.

Please contact your home healthcare provider if you experience any of these symptoms:

    • Fever greater than 100.4 F
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath
  • Call ahead before visiting your provider for instructions on how to be treated
  • Wear a facemask when visiting your medical provider and call ahead
  • You will need medical clearance after the 14 day period
  • Testing is valuable if it is available in your area

Please complete the International Travel Policy Exception Request and return it to studyabroad@mst.edu.

When completing the form, please include details of how you plan to manage coronavirus health concerns at your location. A campus committee will review your request and a recommendation will be made to the S&T Incident Command Team for a final decision.

Each request will be reviewed on a case by case basis. Please submit the completed form and any supporting documents no later than Monday, March 16, 2020.

You are strongly encouraged to follow recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for preventing the spread of respiratory disease. This information is available on the Missouri S&T website https://coronavirus.mst.edu.