3. Learn Study Abroad Policies
Learn Study Abroad Policies
The following policies are in accordance with the Education Abroad Standards of Good Practice and address the standard of conduct which those representing York College abroad should meet.
All study abroad programs approved by the College fall within the Residency Requirement necessary for a student’s degree requirement and will be accepted as part of the final 30 credit hours of a student’s coursework.
Minimum GPA Policy
York College requires that all students studying abroad have at least a 2.5 GPA AND meet the minimum GPA required by the specific study abroad program. There may be an appeal to the Provost on this policy.
Judicial Standing/Sanction Policy
Participation in a study abroad program includes demonstrating an ability to abide by York College’s standards, values, and expectations as outlined in the Student Code of Conduct. The Study Abroad Center requests conduct history information from Residence Life/Student Conduct Office prior to approving a study abroad application. Students with the following sanctions are not cleared for study abroad programs:
- Students who are on disciplinary probation or suspension, subsequently students who are placed on probation or suspension before program or course departure will have their clearance revoked.
- Students with outstanding or overdue sanctions.
Based on the nature of an individual study abroad program, the cultural and legal expectations of the program country, the program size and staffing level, the Study Abroad Center may deny a study abroad application based on additional information provided by Residence Life/Student Conduct Office. This information includes Student Code of Conduct violations related to assault, sexual misconduct, drugs, alcohol, and other misconduct of a highly disruptive nature.
Study Abroad Health Insurance Policy
Students, faculty, and guests traveling abroad on a short-term study abroad program run by York College are covered by the college’s travel health insurance policy. Policy information is provided by the Study Abroad Center. Students who are studying abroad as part of an exchange or affiliation agreement with York College must obtain health insurance for the duration of their study abroad. This may be a health insurance offered or recommended by the York Affiliated Institution.
Travel Warning Policy
York College considers the current travel warning levels from the Department of State and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) to determine if travel to a country is permitted. If a country has a Level 3 warning (or lower) from the Department of State Travel Warnings or the CDC’s Travel Health Warnings, then travel is permitted. If a faculty, staff, or student group has planned for travel abroad and a Travel Warning is issued prior to departure, that travel must be canceled, even if deposits have been paid. If an individual or group has departed prior to a Travel Warning, the individual or group must return to the United States as soon as possible. Programs that involve travel to multiple countries may continue after removing from the itinerary the country that is subject to the Travel Warning. The U.S. State Department website details Travel Warnings, while the Center for Disease Control website details Travel Health Notices. Organizers may make an appeal to the Provost in regard to this policy.
COVID-19 Vaccination Policy
The United States will end its COVID-19 vaccination requirements for federal workers and international air travelers, effective May 12, 2023. For those traveling on York College of Pennsylvania sponsored travel abroad programs, we very strongly recommend that you are vaccinated against Covid-19 and that you submit proof of vaccination to the College by sending a picture of your vaccination card to the YCP Health Center at email@example.com. Any unvaccinated participants on College-sponsored international travel programs are required to submit to the YCP trip leader a plan for ensuring their personal health and the health of others during travel. All participants on College-sponsored international programs are required to sign an Acknowledgement of Risk of COVID-19 as well as other waivers before travel.