IPO News

Fall 2021 Study Abroad Outlook

Tuesday, August 10, 2021

The International Programs Office is proud to support the 98 UMass Amherst students who will soon embark on their Fall 2021 Education Abroad experiences in a range of countries around the world. This fall represents the fourth consecutive semester of UMass Amherst operating Education Abroad programs during the pandemic.

IPO is committed to the continued safe operation of our programs, and continually monitors the status of the pandemic in the locations where students are studying. IPO utilizes a wide array of reputable sources including data from the World Health Organization, Harvard University's and Brown University’s Global Epidemics tool, Our World in Data from Johns Hopkins University, the European Center for Disease Control, the CIEE Health Risk Index, as well as our university’s intelligence provider, and on the ground information from our partners abroad. We also require that all our students be fully vaccinated before their program begins, which is proven to be the single most effective way to combat the virus. 

We are likely to continue to see shifts in these levels throughout the semester, as the COVID-19 Delta variant spreads and locations react. At this time, we are confident in our partners abroad and the risk mitigation measures that are in place to help our students have a safe and successful experience. Students and families with specific questions or concerns are encouraged to reach out to their IPO study abroad advisor, or the staff at their specific program.