Study Abroad during the pandemic
The McCulloch Center for Global Initiatives (MCGI) staff, along with the College's Travel Emergency Response Team, continue to monitor updates from a variety of sources on the ever evolving nature of the COVID-19 pandemic and its implications for health and safety and for travel. These sources include 5 College Risk Management as well the U.S. Department of State and CDC advice in conjunction with a vast array of reputable and objective sources, as well as input from our study abroad partners and universities.
After having to cancel study abroad during the 2020-21 academic year, MCGI is happy to report the reopening of study abroad with forty students studying abroad during the Fall 2021 semester. Moving forward, we will continue to consider the health and safety conditions and any travel restrictions in locations for our approved study abroad locations. We will support study abroad provided students are vaccinated for COVID-19 per CDC recommendations, the study abroad programs are running, and students are able to access visas, flights and consular services.
For students planning on studying abroad during the spring 2022 semester, it is recommended that you:
- Identify the date you can withdraw from your program without financial penalty
- Consult your program on when to apply for your student visa (if needed)
- Monitor airfare, but do not purchase or make significant financial investments until you heard definitely whether your program will be able to run AND that the College will support study abroad in your destination
- Review/inquire about your program’s COVID-19 plans and protocols, including quarantine/isolation, testing frequency, housing, in-country and out-of-country travel, academic continuity plans in case of disruption, etc.
- Review the Study Abroad Moodle
Study abroad offers a powerful personal and intellectual experience to advance your academics and build global competence, a must for citizenship and careers in the 21st century.
Whether you are interested in language immersion, field studies, or a traditional classroom-based experience, there is a program that is right for you: Mount Holyoke students may choose from more than 150 programs in 50 countries.
- Study abroad provides a unique opportunity to explore your academic interests from a new perspective.
- Living and learning in another country encourages you to engage across difference, expand your understanding of global challenges, and question your assumptions about yourself and your place in the world.
- Study abroad provides tools and experiences that equip you to confidently pursue career and life goals. In many programs, you can choose an academic course, approved for credit by Mount Holyoke, that incorporates an internship, community-based learning, or independent research.
- Effective marketing of your education abroad experience can help you stand out in a competitive job market. Many employers highly value the competencies and skills that students typically develop and sharpen through studying abroad.