Study Abroad Programs
All programs for 2021 have been cancelled. Please check back for updates for 2022 programs.
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: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/student-foreign-travel.html
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.