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Covid-19 Preparedness in Granada

Information for Spring 2022 

Last updated: December 2, 2021

Vaccination

COVID-19 vaccinations are key to maintaining the safest possible environment for our community.

  • COVID-19 vaccination is required of all students participating in Fordham in Granada and is mandatory for entry to Spain for US citizens.
  • Students must be prepared to show proof of vaccination at the airport and throughout Spain by presenting a valid CDC-issued vaccination card. Please read the detailed information on the Spain Ministry of Health’s website.
  • U.S. citizens who are travelling to Spain from a country other than the United States should make sure they follow the guidance published by Spanish authorities on their local Spain Embassy website.
  • Students who are not traveling with a US passport should notify the International & Study Abroad Programs Office as soon as possible.
  • We strongly encourage students to obtain Covid-19 boosters when eligible prior to departing for Spain. It is not likely boosters will be made available to study abroad students locally.

Arrival

  • U.S. citizens travelling from the United States to Spain must present upon arrival in Spain a QR code generated through the Spain Travel Health portal, obtained through the website or by downloading the “SpTH app” in Google Play Store or iTunes App Store for each traveler.
  • Students are asked to arrive at Granada Airport on January 22.  They will be met by Fordham in Granada staff upon arrival and taken to their assigned housing. 
  • Students are currently required to wear masks in airports, as well as at program facilities or during program activities, except when in their housing.
  • Currently, there is no quarantine requirement for vaccinated travelers coming from the U.S.
  • Students not arriving directly from the United States should notify Fordham in Granada staff to discuss possible quarantine and testing regulations for your arrival.

Housing

Fordham in Granada houses students in host families with single or double bedrooms and shared bathrooms. Bathrooms are shared by program participants only and not with host family members. Fordham students are the only non-family members residing with a host family and all eligible members of the household will be fully vaccinated at least two weeks prior to student arrival. Along with program oversight, the homestay provides the safest and most controlled environment.

  • There is a “no guest policy” for Fordham in Granada participants in the residence
  • Communal spaces will be cleaned daily and bedrooms once a week.
  • Host families provide full board, including three meals per day
  • Host families will provide students with sheets and towels for their exclusive use.

Classes, Classrooms, and Offices

Classes will be taught in person for Spring 2022

  • All classrooms, offices, and the library will have appropriate spacing between desks, following public health guidelines.
  • Masks are required when in university buildings and during class.
  • Class sizes will be capped to allow for appropriate distancing, following public health guidelines.
  • Professors take daily attendance, and students are asked to always sit in the same spots to allow for contact tracing.

Testing

  • Fordham in Granada will provide testing support as needed.
  • Testing is available at Clínica Ganivet, which is close to the CLM, at a cost of 40 Euros per Rapid Antigen test and 100 Euros for a PCR test for Fordham in Granada students. Students who are referred for testing by a medical provider can have testing costs covered by the insurance.
  • Students who test positive will enter isolation and follow the guidelines issued by the local authorities.

Quarantine/Isolation

Fordham in Granada will provide support to students in quarantine:

  • Students who test positive will be quarantined in their rooms. Local authorities require only those that test positive to quarantine. Fordham in Granada in collaboration with host families will provide support, full board, and the services needed during quarantine.
  • Vaccinated individuals who are in contact with a positive case must be tested, but are not required to enter into isolation. Quarantine will be required only if results are positive.
  • Contact tracing will be conducted by Fordham in Granada in collaboration with Universidad de Granada CLM.
  • Staff will support oversight of quarantined students by means of daily check-ins.
  • Classes will be delivered remotely to a student in quarantine, if the student is well enough to participate.
  • If a member of the host family or student’s roommate must quarantine, the student will be placed in an alternative accommodation identified by Fordham in Granada. Arrangements have been made to secure additional accommodation to support students who must relocate outside of their assigned host family.

Excursions/Travel

  • No independent travel outside Spain will be permitted during Spring 2022.
  • Students must complete the travelregistry.fordham.edu if they spend a night outside Granada.
  • Local excursions and other group activities will take place as allowed by local law.
  • Students’ independent travel within Spain must adhere to local guidelines and restrictions. It is the student’s responsibility to know and comply with these.
  • Any inconvenience to the student resulting from free time travel is entirely the responsibility of the student, including the cost of required testing or quarantine, unanticipated travel expenses, or any missed course requirements.
  • It is typical for Fordham Granada students to travel within the city by foot.

Contingencies

  • Fordham in Granada is in regular contact with local authorities and in all cases will follow the directives of those local authorities.
  • If required, the program will pivot to remote instruction until in-person classes are possible.

Return to United States

  • Travelers to the United States must show proof of a negative COVID-19 test result taken no more than 1 day before travel.
  • After arrival in the US, the CDC recommends getting tested with a COVID-19 viral test 3-5 days after travel.
  • Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms; isolate and get tested if you develop symptoms.

Follow all state and local recommendations or requirements after travel

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