Week of November 29, 2021
Email sent to the families of Fall 2021 and Academic Year 2021-2022 study abroad students
Our onsite teams are in regular communication with all students who are currently abroad to let them know of any changes to protective measures specific to their country or locale.
For Dickinson run programs, we are reviewing program activities for the wrap-up of the Fall '21 term in light of changing COVID-19 measures, and we are in a position to adjust activities as needed. While travel outside of a student’s host country is already prohibited, we strongly discourage travel outside of the host country once the program has concluded to mitigate potential exposure and quarantine measures.
Email sent to Fall 2021 and Academic-Year 2021-2022 study abroad participants
As you all may know, a new variant of COVID-19, the Omicron variant, has been identified as a “variant of concern” by the World Health Organization. Here is the WHO brief about the Omicron Variant.
The Center for Global Study and Engagement has been closely monitoring the rise of the Omicron variant and the rapid change of COVID-19 policies and protective measures taking place in countries where our students are currently studying.
As many of you plan your departure from your abroad site, please keep in mind that the picture and understanding of Omicron is rapidly evolving and information is likely to change. Countries around the world are putting travel and other restrictions in place with little or no advance warning. Be aware that travel home may be delayed or more complicated than expected. If you were planning on travelling at the end of your program, you may want to re-consider given the swift changes taking place and in many instances, travel may not be possible.
As your return to the US requires that you produce a negative COVID test one day before departure , we urge you to think now about what arrangements you need to make to reserve your test and how you can best mitigate risk of exposure as your departure nears. Please continue to do your part in risk reduction. Though information on the new variant is evolving, there have been three constants that have served us well throughout the pandemic: appropriate hand-washing, proper mask-usage and social distancing.
Please contact the Center for Global Study and Engagement or your local faculty and staff if you have any questions.
As the first group of semester study abroad students to embark since the global pandemic, you have proven yourselves to be resilient, responsible, and flexible and we are all very proud of how well you have done during this time.