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COVID-19: Latest Updates for Education Abroad

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July 24, 2020

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) that carefully reviews the health, safety and security of our programs on a regular basis, using the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the U.S. Department of State (DOS), and local public health agencies for guidance. Decisions are made with the greatest care for the health, well-being and safety of our Spartans Abroad.

Fall semester 2020 programs have been cancelled and all affected students have been notified.

Applications are open for winter break 2020-21, spring semester 2021, spring break 2021 and summer 2021, and will adjust accordingly as MSU monitors and assesses the pandemic situation. It’s imperative that students remain as flexible as possible and have a pivot/back-up plan in the event future programs are suspended.

Program suspensions are generally prompted by considerations such as:

  • CDC travel health notices and DOS travel advisory levels
  • Quality and reliability of the local health system
  • Availability of COVID-19 test kits
  • Rate of and outlook for community spread
  • Timeline and intensity of increases in numbers of cases
  • Impact on transportation networks
  • Guidance from local public health agencies
  • Entry and travel restrictions

However, RSAC may also take into account additional factors that would affect the student experience.

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

The Education Abroad Advising Center continues to offer remote advising to students interested in participating in future programs, and is available through email, phone call, or Zoom.

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

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