The COVID-19 world health crisis has significantly upset operations in the field of International Education. As we look forward, many universities and organizations are currently putting in place plans to re-open and find solutions to allow international student mobility. One aspect of student mobility that is likely to require significant attention is housing, whether students are housed in homestays, student residences, or apartments.
In an effort to provide information to its members and their partners concerning the current situation, APUAF proposes sample protocols that members can adapt to their programs and the needs of their partner institutions. The situation evolves quickly and continually, and as such, APUAF recommends that all readers verify the information provided before making definitive decisions. The sample protocols do not intend to serve as an interpretation of information provided by the French authorities, nor does it seek to advise readers. Its simple purpose is to compile information from official sources to provide a convenient resource for APUAF members and their partners. Members who wish to do so, can develop a clear policy that can be communicated to all stakeholders before students arrive or incorporate some of the sample protocoles items into the housing agreements they already have established for their hosts.
After consulting a variety of protocols and guidelines established by French authorities for the education, hospitality and tourism sectors, the COVID-19 housing committee has drafted sample bilingual protocols for homestay hosts and students intended to help safeguard the health and safety of all parties. Separate sample protocols for students living in a student residences, apartments, or hotels will follow.
The APUAF committee has also developed a checklist of potential points that can be used as a road map for discussing homestays onsite or with their home institutions.