Upon careful review of Covid-19 regulations in each of our locations, Accent has made the decision that we will require proof of Covid-19 vaccination for participation in all Accent programs with arrival dates from March 1, 2022 onward. Due to varying and changing policies in our destination jurisdictions, as well as logistical concerns, we unfortunately will not be able to accept any exemptions from or exceptions to our vaccination policy for students and faculty who will be traveling with us.
Since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, Accent has endeavored to create dependable networks for obtaining the latest and most reliable information on the real time situation in our European locations. Our risk assessment network includes local, regional, and national health authorities, medical advisors, legal counselors, local educational institutions, and associations of American university programs abroad. Together we have identified some critical decision-making criteria for continuing to run programs during the on-going Covid-19 pandemic. We take into consideration the US Department of State and CDC Advisories, but use additional criteria as well in cases where CDC travel advisory Level 4 “Do Not Travel” may be applied to one or more of our locations but does not reflect the current reality in the country.
We have based our decision to continue programming on the following criteria:
- The ability of the local healthcare systems to manage Covid-19 care, assuring that emergency care and routine medical care are still readily available to students (Covid-19 or unrelated).
- The proven ability and intention of local and national authorities to implement timely and effective measures to limit the spread of Covid-19 when infection rates surpass certain thresholds while maintaining essential services and mobility.
- No risk of students being forced to remain in country due to a sudden and complete lockdown and reduction/cancellation of return flights to the US.
- Current conditions allow for the programs to meet learning objectives and maintain the majority of the experiential learning aspects of the program including in-person learning, guest lectures, and on-site and cultural activities.
These criteria are all met in the UK, France, Italy, and Spain, and we continue to monitor the situation daily in each country and city where we operate. Accent has local medical partners in each city to assist with student medical care, Covid-19 testing and contact tracing. Accent also has a Covid-19 protocol in place to mitigate the risk of Covid-19 infection in student housing and on all program-related activities. Please feel free to contact us for any further information required.
Accent monitors COVID-19 and disease outbreaks worldwide through the CDC, the WHO, the US Department of State, international and US partner universities, local public health agencies and other government resources.
World Health Organization
US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Travel Recommendations by Country
U.S. Department of State’s COVID-19 Travel Alert