Last night, President Snyder and Provost Vinson sent an email about summer study abroad being cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As they mentioned, the ongoing uncertainty will likely continue, especially with regard to international travel restrictions and with health risks; leading to this difficult decision.
We recognize that this is a change to your summer plans. Although we hope this change doesn’t come as a complete surprise to you, we understand that this represents another change amidst other adjustments due to COVID-19.
For further clarification of the announcement, students can still take courses remotely at universities abroad that are offering remote coursework or internship. Please let your Study Abroad Advisor know your plans to take your courses remotely by May 1.
We have an appeal process for students who feel their particular situation warrants an exception. This exception could include students who want to continue their in-person study abroad or students who are currently residing abroad and want to take classes at an approved institution. Students can fill out the appeal by May 1 (Link to Appeal). The appeal process will consider health and safety, travel restrictions, and the host institution situation.
We are sorry about this decision but also hope that it gives you some clarity about your planning for summer study. We also encourage you to consider studying abroad again, either on a semester program, a short-term program with one of our faculty, or next summer. Please let your Study Abroad Advisor know by May 1 if you would like to transfer your application to another term.
Director of Education Abroad