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Study Abroad COVID-19 Information

Lander University Study Abroad programs are open for application based on the curriculum, health, safety, and student support measures offered on site. However, keep in mind that these programs cannot be guaranteed. All students planning to travel in the near future must remain flexible as sudden changes may occur based on the situation in your destination country. The Office of Study Abroad will be constantly monitoring the COVID-19 rates and responses of host country locations and programs. We strongly advise that students consult with their academic advisor and created a backup plan for on-campus study just in case. The Office of Study Abroad will remain in close contact with you throughout the semester to update you on any changes to your program’s availability.



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.

Lander does not support student travel to countries or areas with a Department of State (DoS) Level 4 Travel Advisory, which is based on high crime rates, widespread civil unrest, unstable governments, serious security threats such as kidnapping or hostage taking, recent natural disasters, or frequent acts of terrorism.

To assess the risk related to COVID-19 in a given country, Lander considers the following factors to determine whether the university can support student travel:

  • DoS Travel Advisory level
  • CDC COVID-19 Travel Health Notice level
  • Recent case rates
  • Vaccination rates
  • Whether U.S. students are allowed to enter
  • Commercial air availability
  • When making decisions about specific programs, we will consider local conditions as well as input from peer institutions and our overseas partners.

For students who would like to study abroad during an upcoming semester, Lander recommends that you prepare for two scenarios: (1) that study abroad programming will proceed normally, and (2) that study abroad programming may be suspended due to COVID-19. 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 study abroad programming were to be suspended.