Guidance for Study Abroad Decision-Making During COVID

The decision to study abroad in fall 2021 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.

On July 1, Beloit College will determine if study abroad can take place in fall 2021, and if so, where. If study abroad is permitted, prospective study abroad students will then need to make their own decisions about studying abroad.

Before then, students and guardians are strongly encouraged to review the following resources and make an informed decision.

Students planning to studying abroad in Fall 2021

Students and guardians are expected to read this this form and submit a signed copy to the Office of International Education before July 1.

Study Abroad: Student Acknowledgement of Risk and Responsibilities during the COVID-19 Pandemic

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 in fall 2021 will have had over a year of experience studying and living under pandemic conditions.
  • 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.

Study Abroad Risk Analysis

This sheet is intended to help students and guardians find information specific to their program. This information is current as of May 12, 2021.

Country & U.S. Embassy Information University or Program COVID information CIEE Health Risk Assessment CDC COVID-19 Advisory Level U.S. Dept. of State Advisory Level U.S. Dept. of State Travel Advisories
United States   56      
Ecuador USFQ n/a 4 4 Ecuador
England Essex 35 3 3 United Kingdom
England Goldsmiths       United Kingdom
England Sussex       United Kingdom
Finland ISEP n/a 4 4 Finland
Germany Erfurt 44 4 4 Germany
Ireland UCCork 33 4 4 Ireland
Ireland Limerick       Ireland
Japan AIU 37 3 3 Japan
Japan Kansai Gaidai       Japan
Jordan SIT 34 4 4 Jordan
La Reunion (France) ISEP n/a 4 4 France
Netherlands SIT 43 4 4 Netherlands
Norway Western Norway n/a 4 4 Norway
South Korea ISEP 26 2 2 South Korea
South Korea IES 47 4 4 Spain
Taiwan ISEP 14 1 3 Taiwan
Uruguay ISEP n/a 4 4 Uruguay

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Questions to Consider

Have additional questions?

Kathy Landon ( and Josh Moore ( are available to help you work through the decision-making process.

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