Messages sent to Study Abroad Students

Sent on October 20, 2020, updating students on the cancellation of the Spring 2021 study abroad programs:


Dear Students:

Thank you for your dedication and hard work in making our fall semester on campus a success thus far. 

Over the last few months, NDI and our global teams have been carefully examining a range of factors to inform our spring 2021 study abroad decision, including, but not limited to, the following:

  • State Department travel advisories, as well as U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention travel warnings
  • Host country travel guidance and local information
  • In-country quarantine and isolation guidelines, including the necessary level of care in case of a surge, as well as surveillance testing
  • Consular and visa information, flight availability
  • Local university decisions and guidelines
  • Notre Dame’s travel policy and health and safety guidelines

We have worked closely with our partner institutions and Global Gateways and Centers to assess the degree to which you could have a safe, meaningful and fulfilling experience abroad. Unfortunately, at the present time, many travel restrictions are still in place, people traveling from the U.S. are required to quarantine upon entry in most countries, and the pandemic is getting worse in many parts of the world.

With all these considerations in mind, the University has reached the difficult but necessary decision to suspend all spring 2021 study abroad programs. We understand how disheartening and disappointing this is, especially for those who may not have another opportunity to study abroad. At Notre Dame, we pride ourselves on providing you with unparalleled opportunities to study abroad, to pursue your intellectual, professional, and personal dreams. Regrettably, the ongoing pandemic makes this impossible at the moment; your health and safety must come first.

The study abroad team will be working with you in the coming weeks to offer you options for summer and fall 2021. We remain committed in finding alternative opportunities for your international education.

In Notre Dame,

Michael Pippenger
Vice President and Associate Provost for Internationalization

Hong Zhu
Senior Director of Global Education