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 90 students studying abroad during the 2021-22 academic year.
Moving forward, we 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 (including booster) per the College's policy, the study abroad programs are running, and students are able to access visas, flights and consular services. Students should be prepared for changes to course delivery methods, excursions/field trips, ability to travel outside of host city/country at any time while abroad.
The war in Ukraine
Mount Holyoke College and the McCulloch Center for Global Initiatives are closely monitoring the Russian invasion of Ukraine for any potential impacts on our students abroad. While there are no Mount Holyoke students studying abroad in either Russia or the Ukraine this semester, many students are studying abroad in Europe.
We appreciate that this is a difficult and unsettling time to be abroad. Our partner programs and universities abroad have years of experience dealing with geopolitical, environmental and other issues that have the potential to impact the health and safety of study abroad students. Their knowledge of local conditions and resources are crucial at moments like this. Students are advised to:
- Carefully review the information in the Study Abroad Moodle
- Pay special attention to what your program is advising you in terms of travel
- Avoid areas of protest
- Be mindful of independent travel
- Sign up for STEP notifications
- Contact your program for referrals to health and well-being support services
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.