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Study Abroad Programs

All programs for 2021 have been cancelled. Please check back for updates for 2022 programs.

Important Updates:

October 20, 2020
Virtual Exchange Programs and Study Abroad Updates (College of Alameda Flex Day)
August 21, 2020 –
Study Abroad Updates Presentation (College of Alameda Flex Day)

August 6, 2021 – The Department of State (DOS) lowered the Global Level 4 (Do Not Travel) Travel Advisory and has returned to publishing travel advisories on a country by country basis, including COVID-19 considerations by country. U.S. embassies are also contributing information to State Department via their own COVID pages.

As a reminder, DOS has 4 travel advisory levels:

Level 1 – Exercise normal precautions

Level 2 – Exercise increased caution

Level 3 – Reconsider travel

Level 4 – Do not travel

Additionally, the CDC has also announced a change from the Global Level 3 (Avoid nonessential travel) advisory  to determining risk by individual country analysis. Their Travel Health Notices page inform travelers and clinicians about any current health issues that impact travelers’ health, and specific COVID-19 Travel Recommendations by Country highlight a variety of levels. They have also published information about their process for assessing the level of a country’s COVID-19 risk on an ongoing basis.

The CDC also still has guidance for institutes of higher education to consider postponing or cancelling student international travel programs:

As a reminder, CDC has 3 travel advisory levels:

Watch Level 1 – Practice usual precautions

Alert Level 2 – Practice enhanced precautions

Warning Level 3 – Avoid nonessential travel

For each program, an official decision will be made 120 days before departure if it will be offered or not based on safety factors which include, but are not limited to:

  • Department of State Travel Warnings (Must drop down to Level 2)
  • CDC Travel Advisories (Must drop down to Level 2)
  • PCCD Travel Policy – Currently suspended (needs to be removed)
  • Support and clearance from PCCD Administrators, including Chancellor, Presidents, Risk Management, VC Brown, Director Torres-Gil and Study Abroad Advisory Committee (will need to be on board)
  • New entry requirements by country (Quarantine Situation)
  • Resumption of full passport services in San Francisco
  • Flight operations resuming consistently between U.S. and program destination
  • Accessibility of visa services if needed
  • Slowing or receding numbers of new virus cases (WHO, CDC, CIEE COVID-19 Health Risk Index)
  • Host country’s capability of managing further outbreaks
  • Easing of lockdown restrictions
March 10, 2020 Given the global outbreak of novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the Peralta Community College District cancelled/postponed all Study Abroad programs for 2020. Please visit the PCCD Coronavirus Page for the latest updates on all PCCD classes and operations affected by COVID-19.
In 2019, Peralta Colleges offered 8 programs sending 110 students abroad. You can read the full report from 2019 programs by Clicking Here.

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If you are a student interested in studying abroad, or a faculty member interested in creating a study abroad program, please contact Drew Gephart, International Services Manager at (510) 587-7834 or