Our approach to COVID-19 and The Experiment summer abroad programs in 2022

The Experiment recognizes risk as inherent in all travel, and we continually work to identify, mitigate, and manage risks within our program contexts. After completing a comprehensive risk assessment with our international partners, The Experiment is offering a full selection of our traditional, international exchanges in summer 2022. Visit our Destinations page to view all available summer 2022 programs.

How does The Experiment decide when it is safe for a program to take place where there might be heightened risk of COVID-19?

The Experiment and World Learning use a variety of monitoring sources and rely on a risk committee, chaired by the director of security, to comprehensively evaluate risk. Key resources for monitoring risk include daily Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) news summaries, International SOS risk alerts, global and local news sources, local health ministries and other government agencies, and the U.S. Department of State travel warnings.

During a public health emergency such as the current COVID-19 pandemic, The Experiment also relies on guidance from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

In addition, during periods of heightened health risks, The Experiment closely monitors actions taken by the governments in the countries where our programs operate, such as movement restrictions or quarantine requirements that would potentially impact the program.

Finally, The Experiment leverages the expertise and knowledge of our international partners, who provide us with updates about issues of concern and potential impact to our participants and program locations. Our international partners have extensive networks that include local authorities, U.S. embassy services, and informal sources—all of which help to inform our decisions about programs.

What Social Distancing Guidelines should I expect during my program this summer?

The Experiment follows the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines for social distancing during our programs. Experimenters will be required to follow current public health guidelines as well as any additional protocols established by The Experiment, for keeping themselves and others safe during the program.  Protocols for programs will be set in the spring and be based upon current guidelines from the CDC, WHO, and local governments.

What if my program gets canceled prior to the start date?

If we do make the difficult decision to modify or suspend any Experiment program prior to departure, we will work with you to find another program that fits your interests. If we suspend a program prior to departure and you don’t enroll in another program for that term, we will refund all direct payment to The Experiment, less your non-refundable $50 application fee.

Does The Experiment require proof of COVID-19 vaccination prior to travel?

Yes, The Experiment requires participants to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19, and asks enrolled participants to submit a copy of their proof of COVID-19 vaccination by May 15, 2022. Exemptions may be requested by submitting an Immunization Exemption Form to the medical team. Exemptions include: a) Medical (provide a letter of support from your health care provider); b) Religious (provide a statement describing a sincerely held religious belief); or c) Accessibility (provide a statement describing the inaccessibility of vaccinations in your location/home country).

Please note that with regards to exemptions, The Experiment cannot guarantee that unvaccinated travelers will be granted entry to all program countries.

What additional program costs should I anticipate?

Experiment program tuition covers all scheduled program activities published on your program itinerary, lodging, and three meals per day. Program tuition does not include international airfare and you will need to book and purchase your international flight to/from the program location. You should anticipate personal spending money of between $400-800 depending on your program destination and program length. Additionally, you will need to secure a passport that is valid through February 2023. Non-US citizens may be required to purchase a tourist visa before travel, as well.

Please note: if you are a U.S. citizen and you do not yet have a U.S. passport, please submit your passport application as soon as possible. The U.S. Department of State is currently not offering rush passport services due to limited capacity during the pandemic. After submitting your passport application, you should receive your passport in the mail in about 18 weeks. You must submit your passport copy to The Experiment as soon as possible before travel.

I’m an international student. Should I be worried about not being allowed into my program country or out of my country of residence?

If a student who resides outside of the U.S. is unable to participate in one of our programs, because their government prohibits them from leaving their home country or because the program host country government prohibits them from entering, The Experiment will give a 100% refund up to May 29, 2022. If there is still a perceived threat 30 days prior to departure, please call our Admissions Office at 1-800-345-2929 inside the U.S. or 1-802-258-3481 outside the U.S. and we can work together to decide how best to proceed.

What can I expect from The Experiment as my program approaches?

The Experiment team will be in close contact with enrolled families as we plan for your program, and prior to your departure, we will share the most current COVID-19 considerations, information, and expectations pertaining to your destination. Feel free to give us a call at 1-800-345-2929 inside the U.S. or 1-802-258-3481 outside the U.S.—we are happy to answer your questions!