A message from our London & Dublin teams as we monitor the evolving outbreak of coronavirus REVIEWED APRIL 2, 2020
REVIEWED APRIL 2, 2020
The health and wellbeing of FIE’s students is our absolute priority. All of FIE’s decisions and policies in regards to Covid-19 reflect FIE’s commitment to our students’ safety.
FIE is very much aware that Covid-19 is causing our current and future students, parents, and partners a level of concern. FIE operates a system of advanced risk management as a provider and with our US college partners.
These last few weeks’ highlight more than ever the interconnected nature of the world. As an organization that strongly believes in the importance of cultural understanding and the free flow of ideas, we are approaching these developments with vigilance, while keeping a sense of perspective.
This website is being updated every day. Please be rest assured that our most up to date approach to Covid-19 is on this page. As of APRIL 2, FIE’s programs in the UK are currently running, including our academic courses and internship sites through remote processes, though many of our partner universities have called students home based on their own risk management procedures.
Summer 2020 Internship Programs have been canceled due to concerns around COVID-19. Additionally, all UKVI Visa Application Centres in the USA are now temporarily closed which will prevent students from gaining the necessary visa to study and intern in the UK. Please check with your home university about deferring your program to a later date.
Fall 2020 FIE programs in London and Dublin are currently set to run. Most application deadlines have been moved to June 1, 2020. Please check our Programs Dates webpage for the latest updates.
We have made the difficult decision to suspend the Summer 2020 Conflict and the Struggle for Peace: Explorations in Ireland and the Middle East program in Dublin, Ireland, and Amman, Jordan. We are giving students the option to defer their admission to next summer and will be reaching out to currently applied and accepted students and partners.
To limit physical interactions within our offices and residences in line with government recommended social distancing, FIE London and FIE Dublin are currently operating an essential staff only policy. Most FIE departments will be working from home if possible. FIE staff still remain contactable by email and phone during this time and essential staff are on hand to assist our students.
- What is a coronavirus?
- What is Covid-19?
- What are the symptoms of Covid-19?
- How can I protect myself and others?
- What if I think I may have Covid-19?
- What about my insurance?
- What is FIE doing in response to the Covid-19 situation?
- How is FIE’s response to the Covid-19 outbreak being guided?
- Will FIE suspend any programs?
- What about FIE Dublin programs?
- Will my home Institution suspend my program?
- What about my internship?
- Is Covid-19 impacting the Student Global Leadership Conference?
- What are some useful resources for more learning about Covid-19?
- I have, or am planning to, return to my home campus / the US. What should I do?
- I am planning to remain in London. What should I do?
- I emailed someone at FIE and haven’t heard back. What should I do?
What is a coronavirus?
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), a coronavirus is:
“Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses which may cause illness in animals or humans. In humans, several coronaviruses are known to cause respiratory infections ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). The most recently discovered coronavirus causes coronavirus disease COVID-19.”
What is Covid-19?
“COVID-19 is the infectious disease caused by the most recently discovered coronavirus. This new virus and disease were unknown before the outbreak began in Wuhan, China, in December 2019.”
What are the symptoms of Covid-19?
The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, tiredness, and dry cough. Some patients may have aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat, or diarrhea. These symptoms are usually mild and begin gradually. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness.
The WHO has as a comprehensive Q & A related to coronaviruses and Covid-19 here; this includes information on how to protect yourself and prevent the spread of disease.
How can I protect myself and others?
You can practice good hygiene by following The World Health Organization’s (WHO) basic protective measures against the transmission of Covid-19, the Irish HSE advice on how to protect yourself and others can be found here, and the UK NHS advice and general overview of Covid-19 can be found here.
FIE provides hand sanitizer in all facilities.
What if I think I may have Covid-19?
If you are feeling unwell and exhibiting symptoms of Covid-19 coronavirus:
- London: complete the NHS 111 online Covid-19 service or contact the NHS non-emergency number 111 for advice
- Dublin: phone your GP (FIE Dublin team can assist with this) for advice. The out of hours service is DubDoc at St. James Hospital. You can also contact 112 for advice.
The FIE London and Dublin Teams are always available. After hours you should contact:
- London: 0207 808 0131 (x5131 from your room/flat phone)
- Dublin: 01 679 8171
In any emergency situation, you should contact 999 (UK and Ireland) to request immediate medical assistance.
What about my insurance?
FIE students are covered by an Endsleigh Travel Insurance group policy unless this coverage has been waived by your home institution. If you’re unsure whether your institution is covered, please check with your study abroad advisor.
For those covered by FIE's Endsleigh Travel Insurance group policy, you can find all policy documents online here.
What is FIE doing in response to the Covid-19 situation?
FIE is continuously monitoring the developing situation. We take our advice from several authorities, including government and health agencies. Our Senior Leadership Team is in constant contact with all departments in London, Dublin, and Amman, as well as our partners, to present an informed, considered, and appropriate response.
Our students’ safety, security, and health are FIE’s utmost priority so please be assured it’s with this in mind that we’ll be monitoring an evolving situation.
How is FIE’s response to the Covid-19 outbreak being guided?
FIE takes guidance from a variety of authorities, including:
- British Foreign and Commonwealth Office
- Ireland: Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
- USA: Center for Disease Control and Prevention
Will FIE Suspend Any Programs?
FIE Summer 2020 Internship programs in London & Dublin have been canceled.
FIE's Conflict and the Struggle for Peace Summer 2020 program has been canceled.
What about FIE Dublin programs?
On March 12, Ireland’s Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Leo Varadkar has announced that all colleges in Ireland are to close until the 29th of March. Students from all three of our academic partners, University College Dublin, Trinity College Dublin, and Dublin Business School will be able to complete all academic work and assessments online remotely. FIE's Dublin Team continues to be available for student queries.
Will My Home Institution Suspend My Program?
FIE is in regular contact with your home institutions, and they may make independent program decisions as they deem appropriate based on home university policies and procedures. If you have any questions or concerns about your home institution’s plans for the current or upcoming programs, contact them directly.
What about my internship?
Internships are running for students who are remaining in London. If you have any questions, queries or concerns about your internships on the ground, please contact your Internship Mentor. For students who have been called home by their home university, FIE and your home institution will be working together to navigate alternatives in this unprecedented circumstance.
Is Covid-19 impacting the Student Global Leadership Conference?
What are some useful resources for more learning about Covid-19?
Many government agencies and authorities have published, and frequently update, information regarding Covid-19; these include but are not limited to:
- World Health Organization (WHO) Q&A about Covid-19
- NHS (UK) Commonly Asked Questions about Covid-19
- HSE (Ireland) Protect Yourself Advice
- OSAC (Overseas Security Advisory Council) Covid-19 Outbreak Resources
I have, or am planning to, return to my home campus / the US. What should I do?
- Departure Airport
- Departure Airline
- Departure Date
- Departure Time
- Departure flight number
You will receive additional information from the FIE staff and faculty regarding your courses and their continuation remotely. If you have not received any information, or have any questions, you should contact your faculty directly.
Please continue to respond to any request for information or updates from FIE; this is to ensure you complete the program successfully.
I am planning to remain in London. What should I do?
You will receive additional information from the FIE staff and faculty regarding any alterations to the FIE London program provisions due to the continuously developing situation. Please continue to check your emails regularly to ensure you have the most up-to-date information and respond to any requests for information in a timely manner.
I emailed someone at FIE and haven’t heard back. What should I do?
Thank you for your patience as we all respond to emails and queries to the best of our ability. Understandably, we are all receiving a high volume of emails, and are responding as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience during this busy time.