COVID-19 & Program Updates

Last updated 11.03.2020

HECUA has been vigilantly and constantly monitoring the evolving conditions of COVID-19, including tracking updates from the Minnesota Department of HealthCenter for Disease ControlWorld Health Organization, the US Department  of State and other credible sources.

Click here to view HECUA COVID Guidelines for Spring 2021. This PDF document contains HECUA’s health and safety guidelines. Prospective students with questions should contact Aga Michalak, Director of Enrollment, at amichalak@hecua.org.

Amid these challenging circumstances, safety and wellbeing is our top priority. HECUA staff in the US and abroad are working constantly to respond in thoughtful and responsible ways to maintain our students’ health and safety as this situation unfolds. We are carefully evaluating and monitoring this global situation for our students in the US and abroad.

If you have any questions, please contact atilsen@hecua.org.

 

COVID-19 Guidelines & Program Updates

Click here to view HECUA COVID Guidelines for Spring 2021. This PDF document contains HECUA’s health and safety guidelines. Prospective students with questions should contact Aga Michalak, Director of Enrollment, at amichalak@hecua.org.

Amid these challenging circumstances, student safety and wellbeing is our top priority. HECUA staff in the US and abroad are working constantly to respond in thoughtful and responsible ways to maintain our students’ health and safety as this situation unfolds. We are carefully evaluating and monitoring this global situation for our students in the US and abroad.

We have made the following decisions in careful consultation with university partners, and per the recommendations of the Minnesota Department of Health, Center for Disease Control, World Health Organization, and the US Department of State.

  • HECUA staff in St. Paul, MN will continue to work remotely until further notice. This decision to work remotely will continue to be evaluated and monitored. Staff continue to work regular hours and will be available via email and phone.
  • Spring 2021 international programs (Northern Ireland, New Zealand and Ecuador) are suspended. We continue to accept applications for spring programs in the US.
  • January Term 2021 (Social and Political Transformation in Ecuador) is suspended.
  • Fall 2020 international programs were suspended.
  • Fall 2020 US programs are being delivered through remote instruction and hybrid format. HECUA’s COVID-19 rate of transmission remains zero. There have been no cases of COVID-19 among HECUA students, faculty or staff.

 

Program Delivery

HECUA is designing program delivery based on the Minnesota Department of Health Guidance for Mitigating COVID-19 at Institutions of Higher Education.

During the Fall 2020 we have demonstrated success that the health and safety measures implemented have been effective in mitigating cases of COVID-19. HECUA currently has a transmission rate of zero. There have been no cases of COVID-19 among HECUA students, faculty or staff. Based on this success, we are confident in our ability to provide safe, experiential learning opportunities for students for upcoming terms.

Spring 2021:

  • US programs – will be offered in hybrid format in Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN. This model will combine socially-distant, in-person experiences with remote instruction. In an effort to meet the health and safety needs of each student, virtual activities will be available for students who prefer not to be physically present for in-person activities.
  • International programs – protocols and safety procedures are being developed. HECUA continues to recruit for all programs abroad as we carefully monitor the circumstances.

Summer 2021 (Race in America) – Protocols and safety procedures are being developed. HECUA continues to recruit for this program.

Flexible Admissions Policy

HECUA is currently accepting applications for all programs in the US and abroad for the 2021 spring semester and summer term, as well as the 2021-2022 academic year. We are monitoring health and travel protocols due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Off-campus study guarantee for Spring 2021 and beyond*

In an effort to offer students the greatest flexibility and certainty possible, HECUA is offering the following options. In the event that a program abroad is suspended, HECUA will guarantee your enrollment in one of our US programs, if you so choose. Applying to HECUA will guarantee your access to off-campus study that is experiential, includes an internship, and designed with student safety as the top priority.
*With approval from your institution

In the event that an international program is suspended, enrolled students also have the following options:

    • Defer enrollment to a later term
    • Change enrollment to a different HECUA program or term in the US or internationally
    • Receive a refund of their deposit and any tuition paid in the event that HECUA suspends a program or term

HECUA’s will also make the following accommodations per our admissions policy:

  • If programs are offered remotely, HECUA will eliminate room & board fees.
  • If an international program must go to a partial or all-online format, HECUA would reach out to each student to see if they would like to proceed with the program, delay participation, change to another program, or withdraw.
  • If a student wishes to withdraw from an international program because the program has gone partially or fully online, HECUA would refund students’ deposit and tuition. In the event of such an occurrence, the application fee will be retained by HECUA but the student may request it be applied to any other HECUA program or term.
  • For students enrolled in a US program, deposit fees will be refunded until the start of the program in the event that a student is unable to participate due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In the event of such an occurrence, the application fee will be retained by HECUA but the student may request it be applied to any other HECUA program or term.

As our general policy, in the case of a program cancellation, we will refund deposits and any tuition that may have been paid.

Student Safety and Augsburg University Housing

HECUA welcomes students from outside Minnesota to study off-campus in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota.  HECUA maintains a partnership with Augsburg University to provide housing for students in any Minneapolis/St. Paul program. Students currently enrolled at a college/university in Minneapolis or St. Paul typically maintain residence on their campus.

Fees for housing are not included in the tuition and fees cost for a HECUA program. Students should contact jrossate@hecua.org with questions regarding housing. Click here to read about Augsburg University Housing for Spring 2021.

Augsburg University’s current rate of COVID transmission is moderate.

Questions?

If you are a prospective student and would like to request more information please contact Director of Enrollment, Aga Michalak at amichalak@hecua.org.

If you are a representative from a HECUA consortium member, other college/ university, please contact Interim Executive Director, Ariella Tilsen at atilsen@hecua.org.

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