June 1, 2020
Fall 2020 Study Away Program
Dear Students Accepted for Fall 2020 Study Away,
We hope you are all doing well now that the spring 2020 semester has come to an end. It has been a challenge for all of us, and we greatly admire the resilience you have shown throughout this period. Sadly, we write today to let you know that the College has made the difficult decision to cancel our Study Away program for the fall 2020 semester.
Due to the rapidly changing global situation surrounding COVID-19, the risks are just too high to proceed this fall. This was a hard decision to make, but we took the following factors into consideration:
- Minimizing risk to your health and safety
- U.S. State Department/CDC Travel Warning levels
- Significant delays in passport/visa processing
- Travel restrictions in and out of various countries
- Possible second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic
- Potential in-country quarantines
- Risk of serious academic disruptions, shifts to remote learning, and mandatory evacuations
- Uncertainties of conditions/health care systems and facilities in various countries
- Loss of residential and host family interactions
- Restrictions on direct enrollment courses, leading to courses limited to program students
- Restrictions on independent travel while participating in a Study Away program
We are still hoping to offer a Study Away program during the spring 2021 semester so you may defer your acceptance until then. Please contact Shirley Parson, Director of Study Away (firstname.lastname@example.org) by July 1 to let her know how you would like to proceed. It is advisable that you confer with your academic adviser(s) to discuss the feasibility of studying away during the spring 2021 semester prior to contacting Shirley. You should also be in touch with your study away program coordinator to let them know you will not be able to participate and to request information about how to proceed with refunding or deferring your acceptance deposit.
Please consult your academic adviser(s) if you have any questions about your fall courses. The Residential Education and Living Office (REAL) has your information and will contact you regarding the fall housing lottery.
We realize you have been looking forward to studying away and the news we are sharing will be a great disappointment. But your health and safety are of utmost importance to all of us, as are the depth and quality of your Study Away experience. Given your interest in international education, we want to let you know that the Walter Commons will be reaching out to you throughout the fall with virtual global learning opportunities and events, as well as information about future international programs you might want to consider such as Fulbright and the Peace Corps. Please let us know if you have any questions.
Shirley Parson, Director of Study Away
Jefferson Singer, Dean of the College