Guidance for Study Abroad Decision-Making During COVID
The decision to study abroad in spring 2022 is very much tied to COVID-19 pandemic trends in host countries, as well as host country and host institution/organization responses to them.
The pandemic is clearly not over; some countries are experiencing new pandemic waves. Where the pandemic is seemingly under control, restrictions on entry may be in place to limit the possibility of a resurgence. In countries where study abroad students are welcome, classes may be delivered online when pandemic conditions warrant this. Or, in contrast, the study abroad experience may be little altered from previous years’. In short, the picture is mixed.
Students and guardians are strongly encouraged to review the following resources and make an informed decision about participation.
Students planning to studying abroad in Spring 2022
Students and guardians are expected to read this this form and submit a signed copy to the Office of International Education before December 1.
On the positive side
- Beloit College’s study abroad partner universities and organizations now are experienced in helping to ensure educational continuity and safety under the pandemic. Many post and regularly update information about the measures they are taking on their websites.
- Study abroad organizations have done extensive research and analysis to understand the conditions under which study abroad can be expected to be reasonably safe.
- Information on entry requirements and local COVID-19 protocols and rules are now available on the websites of US embassies in countries around the world.
- Students who study abroad will have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, reducing risk to them, although if careless, they could infect others. However, students who study abroad will be skilled in complying with COVID-19 safety protocols, such as social distancing; wearing face masks indoors and, where social distancing is not possible, outdoors; washing hands; and avoiding large gatherings and crowded areas.