GVSU has suspended all Fall 2020 & Winter 2021 study abroad programming.
Applications are being accepted for Spring/Summer 2021, and beyond.
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
Open for Applications
All applications open
March 1, 2021 (Faculty-led will be made on a case-by-case basis)
Fall 2021 and AY 2021
All applications open
May 15, 2021 (for programs starting in July)
All applications open
September 15, 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 3: Avoid Nonessential Travel: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/travel-during-covid19.html
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.
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.
- About Coronavirus 2019 (CDC)
- World Health Organization (WHO)
- COVID-19 Misconceptions
- What Can I do to stay safe?
- International Air Transport Association (IATA)
- Country Specific COVID-19 Information from U.S. Embassies and Consulates
- UN World Food Programme – COVID-19 Travel Restrictions
- UN International Civil Aviation Organization COVID-19 Airport Status
For additional information, please visit GVSU Updates on COVID-19 (Coronavirus)
Resources Available that Inform Country Assessments
- Center for Disease Control (www.cdc.gov)
- US State Department Travel Advisory (http://travel.state.gov)
- Overseas Security Advisory Council (www.osac.gov)
- John Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center (https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/)
- European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control https://www.ecdc.europa.eu/en/current-risk-assessment-novel-coronavirus-situation
- Canadian Travel Advisory https://travel.gc.ca/travelling/advisories
- Australian Travel Advisory https://www.smartraveller.gov.au/destinations
- UK Travel Advisory https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice
- Fragomen - https://www.fragomen.com/about/news/immigration-update-coronavirus
- Rate of testing in each country https://ourworldindata.org/coronavirus-testing
- GHS Index https://www.ghsindex.org/
- DOMO Coronavirus tracker https://www.domo.com/covid19/daily-pulse/
- IHME projections https://covid19.healthdata.org/