Messages sent to Study Abroad Students

Sent on May 13, 2021, updating students on the status of Fall 2021 study abroad programs:

Dear Students:

We are pleased to inform you that the University has approved our recommendation that fall 2021 study abroad programs move forward as planned.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, NDI’s health and safety and study abroad teams have been closely monitoring our program locations around the world and keeping in touch with our partner institutions who will be your hosts. With the continued rollout of the vaccines in the United States and increasingly abroad, coupled with improving public health situations in many of our host countries, the University is optimistic that students can have a healthy and meaningful experience abroad this fall, though different than what you may normally expect. It cannot be stressed enough that a successful semester abroad will depend on your adherence to University policies and host country regulations as the pandemic continues.

The University requires all students to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 as a condition of enrollment and this requirement applies to all students who will study abroad during the 2021-22 academic year. Furthermore, we ask all study abroad students to sign a COVID Safe Travel Pledge to protect yourself and others, and to help keep the local community in which you choose to study abroad safe, by doing your part to slow the spread of COVID-19 as recommended by the local government and/or local health authorities. In late June, study abroad will host a mandatory health and safety meeting to offer more guidance for all students going abroad in the fall.

Your program directors will continue to work with you on the logistics as you prepare for departure and we ask you to follow their guidance and instructions. Please be advised that the University reserves the right to cancel any programs should the health and safety environment deteriorate in your host country or our partners announce coursework will be delivered fully online.

If the pandemic taught us anything, it is resilience, flexibility, and responsibility. We trust that in order to ensure a successful semester abroad, you will act responsibly, hold each other accountable, and remain flexible and resilient!

In Notre Dame,

Michael Pippenger
Vice President and Associate Provost for Internationalization

Hong Zhu
Senior Director of Global Education


Sent on March 29, 2021, updating students on the cancellation of the Summer 2021 study abroad programs:


Dear Summer Study Abroad Students,
 
Due to the unpredictable nature of global travel during COVID-19 and the uncertainty ahead, the University has made the very difficult, but necessary, decision to cancel all Summer 2021 outbound undergraduate study abroad programs.
 
We understand your disappointment with this decision; however, your safety, health and well-being are the University’s top priority. In light of this cancellation, we are offering the following options to all impacted students:

  1. Defer your acceptance to a Summer ‘22 program
    You will need to reapply to your program of choice, but will be given priority enrollment. This priority enrollment applies to any Summer ‘22 program. No action is required at this time.
  2. Apply for the virtual Global Professional Experience program (vGPE) for Summer ‘21 and pursue an international internship online
    We are extending our successful winter vGPE to this summer. Application for vGPE is now open and if interested in this option, please submit an application here by Friday, April 16 to be considered. We hope to accommodate as many students as possible.
  3. Enroll in an online course offered through the gateways and centers and earn academic credits
    A few study abroad courses from the ND Global Gateways will be offered during the summer session through Summer Online. You can continue your global education virtually and fulfill your university requirements at the same time. Summer Session registration opens on April 7th.
  4. Seek approval to study abroad in a Fall ‘21 or a Spring ‘22 semester study abroad program
    Study abroad will not reopen applications for fall 2021 and spring 2022. However, we do have spaces available for London, Jerusalem, and Santiago fall semester only. If you can only go in the spring semester, very limited spaces are available for Alcoy, Angers, Beijing (PKU Program), Shenzhen, Hong Kong (HKUST), São Paulo, Norwich, South Korea, and Stellenbosch. If you are interested, please write to the appropriate study abroad program director by April 11 and you will receive instructions on how to proceed. If we have more interested students than available spaces, we will prioritize higher upperclassmen with the best academic fits and those whose programs were canceled last year. Acceptance to these programs is evaluated case by case.

We hope you will all consider these options and imagine how they might help continue your global education. Thank you all for your understanding and resilience! Please know that we hope that we can see you participating in a study abroad program in the future!
 
Sincerely,
 
Michael Pippenger
Vice President & Associate Provost for Internationalization
 
Hong Zhu
Senior Director of Global Education


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