COVID-19 Resources & Protocol

As of Thursday, March 21, 2024: Effective for all programs starting after Thursday, March 21, 2024, Syracuse University will strongly encourage, but not require, all participants to receive the COVID-19 vaccine and/or a recommended booster dose prior to the start of their program. Syracuse Abroad will continue to enforce local COVID-19 vaccine and/or booster mandates where required by law or partner institutions. Similar guidelines will be followed by homestay families. Non-Syracuse University students must still comply with the COVID-19 vaccine requirements of their home school.

All protocol and requirements are subject to change at any point throughout the program, always following Center for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) & local guidelines. Syracuse Madrid staff will inform you of any changes if they occur.


COVID-19 protocol will be applied during the program abroad.  Since we must follow CDC requirements, all students, faculty, and staff are required to adhere to these guidelines throughout the full duration of the program: 

  1. TESTING DURING THE PROGRAM: Those students who develop recognized COVID-19 symptoms may be asked to be tested by our Syracuse Madrid Nurse or can test themselves. The staff will respond based on the results. Tests will be available at our office for anyone requiring one.
  2. NO LONGER MANDATED TO ISOLATE: Those with COVID-19 are no longer required to isolate for five days. Instead, “individuals can go back to normal activities when, for at least 24 hours, both of the following are true:
    1. Symptoms are getting better overall, and
    2. They no longer have a fever without the use of fever-reducing medication.”