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The following information is intended only as guidance for students considering long-term study abroad program participation. Students interested in other travel opportunities should consult with the coordinator of that program or trip.
The health and well-being of our students is our highest priority as we continue to closely monitor the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Ongoing and changing travel restrictions have presented unique challenges for students in planning for future international education.
While our office is currently accepting applications for long-term programs taking place in future terms, OSU has instituted a pandemic travel ban for all faculty, staff, and student travel. This restriction on travel is in place until further notice. Program applications do not guarantee participation and are subject to review (please contact our office regarding a petition to study abroad).
The U.S. Department of State and Centers for Disease Control continue to advise citizens to reconsider travel when possible to most international destinations as new variants of the COVID-19 virus emerge and access to vaccines remains unpredictable in many regions of the world. Although many countries are beginning to open their borders to vaccinated travelers, these policies remain unpredictable. University officials are continually monitoring global developments and will update this guidance when warranted.
With these circumstances in mind, faculty-led study abroad programs are currently being planned for the 2021-2022 academic year, and we anticipate can begin after December 1, 2021. Faculty/Staff international travel, student exchange, and long-term study abroad programs will be reviewed on a case by case basis considering a variety of health and safety parameters including current conditions in the destination country. Because conditions remain fluid, both in terms of access to overseas destinations for US travelers and the evolving infection rates, the university reserves the right to cancel programs that might have been previously approved.