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Covid-19 and Travel to Luxembourg

The University’s Emergency Management Response Team, Office of Study Abroad, and the Leir Luxembourg Program have been closely monitoring the global outbreak of novel coronavirus (COVID-19). In making decisions, the University measures all relevant factors, including guidelines put forth by state and federal agencies, including the Centers for Disease Control and the U.S. State Department.

The U.S. Embassy in Luxembourg provides the most up-to-date information for US citizens traveling to Luxembourg, including emergency alerts and an overview of the current travel restrictions in place.

In addition, the Leir Luxembourg Program registers every accepted May Term student with the U.S. State Department’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). See the U.S. State Department website for more information on additional useful information for traveling abroad. If you are not a U.S. citizen, we highly recommend that you register your stay in Luxembourg with the Embassy/Consulate of your home country.

For the latest information and official announcements from the government of Luxembourg, visit Luxembourg’s Ministry of Health covid-19 information page.

Staying Well Abroad

In addition to domestic coverage, all students must be enrolled in international health insurance while abroad. Clark University partners with GeoBlue Travel Insurance. All accepted May Term students will be automatically enrolled in GeoBlue’s student plan.

The Leir Luxembourg Program is committed to working with Clark’s Student Accessibility Services. By working with SAS, students can receive documentation to support the request for classroom accommodations. Students should also be in touch directly for information on accommodations available on site at our residence in Luxembourg.

  • If you require accommodations, you should be in touch with us as soon as possible (even if you have not been accepted yet), so we can discuss a plan for the trip abroad.
  • If you are accepted to the program, you will need to obtain a letter from your physician and Clark’s Director of Accessibility Services outlining your accommodation needs, and bring them with you overseas.
  • Certain prescription medications may be illegal or unavailable in Luxembourg. It is your responsibility to discuss this with your physician and your program health insurer early on, and to find out whether these medications can legally be brought into the country or can be prescribed locally. We highly recommend bringing extras of all prescription medication with you during the May Term.

Studying abroad provides participants with meaningful opportunities to get out of their comfort zone and gain a new world view. As part of your study abroad experience, you may be challenged in only only physical, but also in personal and emotional ways that you didn’t expect.

While not on campus, you will not have access to counseling at Clark University’s Center for Counseling and Personal Growth. We encourage you to discuss your plans for traveling abroad with your support system, and check the following resources for how to prepare for issues that may arise during your time abroad:

Off-campus students studying abroad or away from campus are expected to conduct themselves according to the policies and expectations outlined in the Student Code of Conduct, the Study Abroad “Statement of Responsibility and Release of Liability” contract, host institution conduct codes, and host country laws. In some cases, the Student Code of Conduct is more restrictive than the host country laws; for instance, if the drinking age in a host country is lower than 21, students are expected to adhere to the U.S. drinking age of 21. If a student chooses to drink, at no time should they misuse or abuse alcohol where they present a danger to themselves and to others. In some host countries, certain drugs are legal that are considered illegal on U.S. college campuses; in these cases, students are expected to adhere to the Clark University Student Code of Conduct regarding U.S. illegal drugs and improper usage of illegally obtained drugs. Please note that at no point should a student use the Student Code of Conduct to violate host country laws or host institutions’ conduct codes; for instance, even though it may be legal to drink at the age of 21 in the U.S. and at Clark University, in some host countries and host institutions, the consumption of alcohol is illegal. In this case, the student is expected not to consume alcohol.

Students who are participating in an away or abroad program scheduled for disciplinary action by their host programs will be reviewed by the Dean of Students Office, where the student conduct process may be initiated. More specifically, university charges pertaining to academic integrity violations while away will be reviewed by the College Board, and Clark’s typical sanctions may apply. Students should note that study abroad disciplinary procedures are more compressed than campus procedures due to the short duration of Clark University programs, the need to address disciplinary matters more swiftly while traveling abroad, and the resources that are available in the host country to resolve disciplinary issues. In some cases, disciplinary actions could include dismissal from the Program and being returned to the United States. If dismissed from the Program, the student is responsible for all expenses incurred in returning to the United States and may need to return all or part of their financial aid, if applicable.

Contact Information

Henry J. and Erna D. Leir Luxembourg Program