Fall semester study abroad proceeding for select programs

The Global Education Office will support students on 13 study abroad programs in eight countries for the fall 2021 semester. After a careful review by the Vanderbilt Office of Global Safety, students were notified on Monday that their programs would be starting pre-departure planning.

”Vanderbilt students are eager to make connections across the world, and study abroad has always been an important aspect of global learning,” said Vanessa Beasley, vice provost for academic affairs and dean of residential faculty. “As pandemic conditions have improved in some locations, we are able to identify study abroad experiences that will allow students to travel and study in as safe and healthy a manner as possible.”

The 13 available programs were selected on the basis of host country entry requirements, health care capacity, host country vaccination access and equity, capacity to provide quality experiential learning, and exceptional relationships with overseas partners who can provide student support. Most programs are based in western Europe, along with program locations in Jordan and South Korea. In collaboration with the Office of Global Safety, the Global Education Office is planning to expand this list of offerings further for spring 2022.

While these programs have been approved by Vanderbilt to proceed, circumstances could still arise that could force cancellation. The university will monitor worldwide and local travel conditions, particularly the emergence of new COVID-19 variants and their potential impact on traveler mobility. Vanderbilt’s vaccination requirement includes all students, whether studying on campus or studying abroad.

Students can make an appointment with a Global Education Office adviser to discuss program options.