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COVID-19: Latest Updates for Education Abroad

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August 10, 2021


The Office for Education Abroad (EA) at Michigan State University (MSU) recognizes the current complexity of international travel due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are actively collaborating with the MSU Risk and Security Assessment Committee (RSAC) which reports to the Provost and carefully reviews the health, safety and security of our programs on a regular basis, using guidance and data from public health experts including the Harvard Global Health Institute, the World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. Department of State (DOS), and local public health agencies. Decisions are made with the greatest care for the health, well-being and safety of our Spartans Abroad.

Michigan State University requires students, faculty and staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19 by August 31, 2021 (either fully or with at least one dose of a two-dose vaccine), with limited medical and religious exemptions.

All students should be mindful that individual countries and host institutions may have their own vaccination requirements.

As MSU monitors and assesses the COVID-19 pandemic, it is important that students remain as flexible as possible. It is strongly encouraged that students have an academic “back up” plan should changes in public health advisories, travel restrictions, or governmental regulations affect their ability to participate in a future program. It is also recommended that early financial commitments, such as airfare or housing, are not made until advised to do so by the Office for Education Abroad or the program director. 

Students are strongly encouraged to discuss their plans with their family and primary care physician or other health professionals such as International SOS to be sure that studying abroad is advisable given their personal health circumstances and personal risk tolerance. Students should also consider making an appointment with the MSU Travel Clinic or another travel health professional if you need immunizations, malaria prophylaxis, etc.

All standard Education Abroad Refund and Charge Policies apply for programs that have not been suspended by MSU.

The Education Abroad Advising Center will be open for walk-in advising beginning in fall semester 2021 and will also continue to offer remote advising to students during the evenings via Zoom.

Further questions can be sent to abroad(at)msu.edu

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