Coronavirus Response

Spring '20 Programming & Our Response

As the coronavirus escalated last week, Carpe Diem staff, students, and families faced many difficult and frequently changing realities. The safety and well-being of our students and Overseas Educators is always our number one priority, and determining what would best serve our students in the field was a challenge that required sifting through a deluge of information and constant adaptation. As the global socio-political landscape and fears and concerns around the coronavirus pandemic continued to escalate, Carpe Diem made the difficult decision last weekend to end programming early and bring our groups and Latitudes students home.

As of this past Tuesday, March 17th, our Southeast Asia, India, Central America, and Carpe Mundi Central America students arrived safely back to the United States. The majority of our Latitudes students have arrived home safely, with some students choosing to stay independently at their placements abroad. Our South Pacific group is arriving in the US from New Zealand this Sunday, March 22nd.

As we move forward, navigating this new terrain together, there are still many questions left to answer, questions regarding Carpe Diem, how we can best support our students and staff, our collective community and the world. These questions will require time and patience for all of us. Our HQ staff and OE community is currently working to adapt our re-entry curriculum so that we are able to support our recently returned students remotely. We are also developing a remote curriculum so that we can support all students who have elected to receive college credit through our partnership with Portland State University in completing their coursework. We will be in touch with more updates as we practice adaptability and adjust to this new terrain.

Coronavirus Related Refund Policy & Fall '20 Programming

We understand that you may be wondering how the coronavirus might impact your gap year plans. There is new information being released every day and it is impossible to predict how this outbreak might impact our Fall 2020 programs. We do not currently expect any changes to our Fall 2020 programming, but we want to provide you with ample information to support you in making the best decision for your gap year. 

If you have any concerns about your Fall 2020 semester or plans, please do not hesitate to contact us. We offer semester programs in seven different regions around the world and are always able to transfer your enrollment to another region (pending availability). Note that you will be responsible for the difference in tuition and airfare costs. 

Due to the coronavirus outbreak, we have expanded our refund policy:

  1. If you apply for a Fall 2020 program, submit a deposit and decide on or before June 1st that you are not comfortable traveling for any reason, we will refund 100% of your deposit. There is no risk to you if you enroll in a program now and cancel by June 1st. 
  2. If you are planning to travel on a Fall 2020 semester and Carpe Diem makes the decision to cancel the program for any reason, we will offer you a couple of different options:
    • We will offer you a space on any other Carpe Diem program that has availability
    • OR we will refund 100% of your deposit and tuition payment so that you can make other plans for your semester.