Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Applications have CLOSED for Winter 2022 and are being accepted for Summer 2022 and beyond.
Although we cannot guarantee that all study abroad destinations will be available, we are currently accepting applications for Summer 2022 and beyond. We strongly encourage that students push back their study abroad plans due to COVID-19. Please encourage your students to chat with PIC about available destinations.

GVSU continues to welcome and support our international students, scholars, faculty and staff. 

For updated information on GVSU's plans, please visit: www.gvsu.edu/lakerstogether

COVID-19 vaccine & travel 

Travel Advisory and Destination Policy

We anticipate that the global travel landscape is going to remain volatile for some time to come. In addition to normal risks inherent with international travel, the pandemic is creating unstable conditions that impact health, safety, and mobility. The health and safety of our community is our top priority. GVSU understands the importance of allowing some limited travel for essential activities during this time of heightened risk. Until further notice, all GVSU-supported international travel involving students (individuals traveling or group programs) must submit a Travel Advisory Appeal which will be reviewed by the International Risk Assessment Committee in collaboration with the Padnos International Center. The University reserves the right to restrict, deny or postpone any University-supported travel if that travel poses undue risk to health, safety or well-being of members of our community or others, or if there is high risk of financial loss to the institution if the program is cancelled due to health and safety concerns. Faculty program leaders are not authorized to make financial commitments on behalf of an international travel activity without prior authorization from the International Risk Assessment Committee.

Individual Student Appeal (to be completed by the individual student who is not participating in a GVSU group program)

Faculty-led Group Travel Appeal (This needs to be completed by the Faculty Director(s) only)

“Essential” activities is defined as:

Education abroad programming that meets specific degree requirements and that cannot be postponed, replaced, or accomplished remotely

Research that cannot be deferred or accomplished remotely;

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The Padnos International Center continues to offer virtual advising as well as a wide range of other virtual programming. Please watch for updates on our Events Calendar!

Questions? Please contact: studyabroad@gvsu.edu 

Open for Applications

Semester

Application Status

Decision Timelines

Winter 2022 

All applications closed

September 1, 2021 

 

Spring/Summer 2022

All applications open

February 1, 2021

Fall 2022

All aplications open

February 1, 2021

This difficult and uncertain time will pass and Lakers will be better prepared and ready to explore the world when it does. We ask all future study abroad participants to remain flexible and move forward with a parallel plan in the event that future study abroad programming is suspended.

Pandemic and Conditions Around the World

The Coronavirus outbreak has caused a worldwide pandemic leading to serious health concerns, disruption to daily life, and has significantly compromised the ease of international travel all around the world. Travel restrictions vary by country, and often change without notice. While progress is being made on addressing this global health crisis, this continues to be an evolving situation. The Padnos International Center is actively monitoring conditions in other countries around the world. Our top priority is the health and safety of our students and our community. With that said, we understand how important international opportunities are to our students. GVSU is more committed than ever to offer opportunities for students to further develop skills necessary to address the pressing global issues facing us in the 21st Century. We strongly believe that there is a compelling need for our students to engage with the world community and learn how to be engaged global citizens.

The CDC offers the following advice on travel outside of the US: CDC COVID-19 Travel Recommendations by Destination

Most countries are listed as “High” Risk; Level 4: Do not Travel or Level 3: Reconsider Travel.

GVSU will continue to monitor health and safety considerations with the intent of resuming study abroad programming as soon as it is reasonably safe to do so. As each semester approaches, we will gain a better understanding of the health and safety risks and conditions that exist in countries around the world. Below you will find a list of many of the resources used in evaluating conditions in different locations.

Program suspensions are prompted by considerations that include, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Travel advisories or warnings issued by the US, Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom.
  • CDC travel advice and country assessment
  • OSAC safety report and COVID-19 report
  • Entry restrictions imposed by the host government and for your return to the US by the US government
  • Stay-at-home/lockdown mandates or other restrictions that significantly disrupt daily activities
  • Self-quarantine or government quarantine mandates
  • Commercial flight options and easy access to host country
  • Evidence of the host country’s testing of COVID-19. A low number of positive cases, does not necessarily represent a location that has control over the spread of the virus.
  • Careful evaluation of current positive cases, death rates, hospitalization rates, and the availability of hospital beds.

GVSU has an International Risk Assessment Committee (IRAC) that will review appeals for international travel. 

Other important issues we advise students to carefully consider:

  • Understand the personal responsibility to take every precaution possible to minimize exposure prior to departure, during your time abroad, and after return.
  • Students should be mindful of the reality of life in the host country. There continue to be periodic lockdowns in places all around the world. Many locations have travel restrictions in place. Visitors may be expected to quarantine upon arrival or if they engage in outside travel. There may be fewer places open for students to socialize and meet locals.
  • Identify connections in the host country such as: family, friends, or other networks that could offer support should the need arise.
  • Understand that each one of us has an obligation to do what we can to keep our communities safe. Travelers have an obligation to the host country and host institution to do everything possible to protect others from further spread of COVID-19. Anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 within two weeks prior to departure may need to cancel travel plans if they do not receive two negative tests prior to departure.
  • Carefully reflecting on the safety of the planned itinerary, including any personal travel interests
  • Understanding the quickly changing circumstances and the need for each traveler to be very well prepared to handle any changes that might arise.
  • A willingness to remain abroad for an indefinite period of time should the host country’s border close, you fall ill with COVID-19 and are unable to travel, or any other circumstance that would prohibit a planned return.

Resources Available that Inform Country Assessments