All OSU Study Abroad Programs
The following information is intended as guidance for students considering study abroad program participation. Students should consult with the coordinator of their program or course for program-specific information.
Effective June 12, 2022, the U.S. Department of State and Centers for Disease Control rescinded it's previous mandate requiring persons aged two and above to show a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before boarding a flight to the United States. The CDC recommends that you do not travel internationally until you are fully vaccinated. International travel poses additional risks, and even fully vaccinated travelers might be at increased risk for getting and possibly spreading some COVID-19 variants.
While most nations have fully opened their borders to all travelers, some still have processes in place only allowing vaccinated travelers to enter and/or require a negative PCR test to be presented upon arrival to immigration officials. These policies remain unpredictable and we encourage all travelers to consult their destinations embassy and the U.S. Department of State for the latest requirements. University officials are continually monitoring global developments and will update this guidance when warranted.
With these circumstances in mind, we anticipate a return-to-normal with most study abroad programs currently planned for the 2022-2023 academic year. Programs to be run in 2022-2023 are in countries and regions where health and safety conditions and local regulations allow for responsible travel. Faculty/Staff international travel, student exchange, and long-term study abroad programs have also resumed considering a variety of health and safety parameters including current conditions in the destination country. The university asks that faculty planning study abroad programs carefully consider all risk-related variables, including the availability of testing in overseas locations.
As OSU joins our peers in resuming student international travel, travel policies are being reviewed regularly and students should be assured that their health and safety is a primary concern of the University. Those considering overseas travel should be aware that vaccination (including booster shot requirements), mask wearing, frequent COVID testing, and other health and safety precautions are may be expected or even required of travelers, depending on the program or destination. Because conditions remain fluid, students planning to participate in study abroad should be prepared for changes to the course or travel plans before and during their program. All travel involves some level of personal and financial risk, but OSU is continuously working to mitigate those risks as possible for travel courses. The university reserves the right to cancel previously approved programs if situations in the USA and/or the host country change.