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The world is a different place now than it was before the COVID-19 pandemic. Given what has happened in our field and in the world, it is pertinent to err on the side of caution in order to protect our students, our institutions and organizations, our communities, our partners, and ourselves. This document is written to help education abroad professionals think through the many steps to make education abroad feasible during and after the COVID-19 pandemic and to mitigate risk associated with education abroad and student mobility during an unprecedented period in our field’s history. It is intended for use within organizations and by partners from different organizations to help guide their development of a plan for returning to and/or scaling up education abroad operations in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
We begin this guide by emphasizing the importance of a conservative and holistic approach to developing policies, procedures, plans, and back-up plans for education abroad before once again offering international mobility opportunities to students on a large scale. While these guidelines should not be considered exhaustive, and there is no one-size-fits-all strategy for the different types and kinds of organizations and institutions that are involved in education abroad, they can be incorporated into existing plans and protocols being developed at an institution or organization.
In addition to the specific advice that follows, we encourage readers and users of these guidelines to be informed by the following considerations with respect to reopening education abroad:
This guide was written in June-September 2020 based on the best available information at the time. The Forum on Education Abroad will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation as it evolves and review this document regularly. Updates or addenda may be added as needed.
For general guidance on what makes quality education abroad programming possible, use the Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad as a reference.
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