Due to the continuing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the associated restrictions on international travel, Lander University has suspended all Spring 2021 study abroad programs. A decision has not yet been made regarding Summer 2021 programs.

The decision for Spring 2021 study abroad is based first on protecting students’ health, safety, and wellbeing. The Office of Study Abroad, Office of the Provost, and Lander’s COVID-19 Task Force has consulted with multiple sources and reviewed the latest guidance from the U.S. Department of State (DOS) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), both of which continue to advise against international travel at this time.

Per the University’s policy, student travel is not sanctioned to countries or regions that are subject to a DOS Level 3 or higher advisory, or a CDC Level 3 advisory. In addition, Lander’s partner institutions abroad continue to report local outbreaks of COVID-19, quarantines, and limitations on local travel. In addition, a number of countries are currently banning or severely restricting visitors from the United States. Lander considers all these factors when reaching decisions about study abroad.

For students who would like to study abroad in the fall of 2021, Lander recommends that you prepare for two scenarios: (1) that study abroad programming will resume for the Fall 2021 semester and (2) that study abroad programming may be suspended.

 

FAQs

How is Lander monitoring the COVID-19 situation worldwide?
A team of university officials, including the Director of Study Abroad, Student Health Services, the Provost’s Office, and the Covid-19 Task Force, are monitoring the pandemic worldwide. To assess risks related to Study Abroad, Lander uses a number of resources, including governmental agencies, news reports, professional health and security organizations, and program providers.

 

What changes has Lander made to its study abroad programs due to the Covid-19 outbreak?
Lander University has suspended all University student travel through the end of Spring semester 2021. We will make a determinations for Summer 2021 by January 31, 2021.

 

How will Lander make the decision about Summer and Fall 2021 Study Abroad programming?
Lander takes guidance from the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the US Department of State (DOS), and the South Carolina Department of Health & Environmental Control. When making decisions about specific programs, we consider local conditions as well as input from peer institutions and our overseas partners. By Lander policy, student travel is not sanctioned to countries that are subject to a DOS Level 3 or 4 Advisory or a CDC Level 3 Advisory.

 

What are the current DOS and CDC travel advisories?
Currently, the State Department has set a Level 3 (“Reconsider Travel”) advisory the CDC has set a Level 3 (“Avoid Nonessential Travel”) advisory for nearly all Lander study abroad destinations. Per Lander University policy, student travel is not sanctioned to countries or regions that are subject to a DOS Level 3 or higher advisory, or a CDC Level 3 advisory.

 

I would like to study abroad in the Fall of 2021. What should I be doing?
For students who would like to study abroad in the Fall 2021 semester, Lander recommends that you prepare for two scenarios: (1) that Study Abroad programming will resume in the Fall 2021 semester, and (2) that Study Abroad programming may be suspended. We recommend that you complete Study Abroad-related applications with the Study Abroad Office and your desired program. We also recommend that you work with your academic advisor to register for on-campus classes at Lander to ensure you can continue your academic progress if Fall 2021 Study Abroad programming is ultimately suspended. We strongly recommend against committing any non-refundable funds to your study abroad experience yet, including housing payments in your host country and airfare.

 

Who can I contact about Study Abroad and the Covid-19 situation?
For health and medical-related questions and concerns, please contact Student Health Services. For logistical and programmatic questions and concerns, please contact the Study Abroad Office.