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Study Abroad Update in 2021-2022

Video updated June 9th, 2021

While COVID temporarily halted Colorado College's outbound study programs around the globe, this page provides current information about the status of plans for the future, and criteria as our own programs resume. The Center for Global Education & Field Study monitors travel advisories and updates on Coronavirus (COVID-19) from the U.S. Department of State; Centers for Disease Control (CDC); the World Health Organization (WHO); International SOS; and other international resources such as the United Kingdom, Canadian, and Australian equivalents to the Department of State advisories (see links at bottom. We also monitor news on immigration and re-entry policies of both the United States and host countries.

Study Abroad in 2021 

(Updated July 2, 2021) For Fall 2021 CC faculty-led programs, the Center for Global Education & Field Study will continue to regularly monitor and communicate with each of our partner programs and CC faculty on the plans to offer and support 2021 study abroad program options, in conjunction with U.S. State Department and CDC travel restrictions and guidance. At this point, students may apply for study abroad programs that are still planning to be offered in 2021-2022, and work closely with us as the pandemic continues to unfold. A general standard for program cancellation is based on risk levels assessed by agencies and government departments but allows for individual programs to determine if they wish to be even more cautious than warnings require.

See below for detailed information on the different opportunities we are planning for in the coming academic year and next summer.

CC Faculty-led Program: Criteria To Run

Our own CC faculty-led programs abroad are evaluated for travel safety and logistical viability both prior to course pre-registration periods and 60 days prior to the program's planned departure. In order to receive clearance to travel, all faculty-led CC programs are required to provide evidence in eight different areas of program safety and travel viability. These requirements include:

  • Host nation(s) must fall within low to moderate risk ratings for travel by the U.S. Department of State (Level 1 or 2 of 4 levels), Centers for Disease Control (Level 1 of 3 levels), and our global security partner, International SOS (travel advisory level of low to moderate risk.)
  • U.S. embassy and consular offices in the host nation must be open and offering full services to U.S. citizens abroad.
  • All entry, international, and domestic travel restrictions, including required self-isolation or quarantine expectations, for the host nation(s) must be lifted.
  • Evidence of ample and varied travel services, such as flights or train service, to reach the destination city must be provided.
  • Restaurants and grocery stores in all program destinations must be able to offer their services without restrictions.
  • Program partners & providers must acknowledge that they are able to provide their contracted services.
  • The host destination country and city must allow for group gathering equal in size or larger than the size of the proposed program cohort of students, faculty and staff so that classes, excursions, and program activities are unimpacted by restrictions on gatherings.
  • Medical facilities are open and able to provide full patient care.

Due to the potential for program cancellation, CC is recommending that all students enrolled in a scheduled off-campus study program delay purchase of airfare until the program's final review is complete and participants have been notified that the program will proceed as scheduled.  Colorado College cannot reimburse students nor provide financial aid awards to cover the cost of purchased airfare for a canceled program. 

COVID-19 Vaccination & CC Off-Campus Programming

Colorado College has announced a vaccination requirement as part of the safer return to campus in the fall.  This same requirement will be implemented for all off-campus studies as well. Our office will follow the same requirements as those expected for campus access, with one distinction:

If entry to the destination country of any program requires vaccination and does not allow for the exceptions which Colorado College may allow, students destined for that country will be required to meet the more stringent standard of the host country. 

We do not anticipate that there will be significant incidents where a nation would have more rigid guidelines than Colorado College regarding vaccination and acceptable exemptions, however, we want the policy to be clear at this early date. We anticipate that the requirement that all students and faculty be vaccinated for campus access will benefit our study away programming as it will likely allow for entry without quarantine even in nations where other travel may be restricted.  We also anticipate that with all CC-led programming occurring no sooner than Block 3 in the fall, that all students will meet the vaccination requirement prior to their study abroad experience as a prerequisite for Block 1 or later coursework.  

CC Partner Programs in Fall 2021 or Spring 2022

For students who are exploring a semester or year of study abroad in 2021 -2022 with one of our approved partner programs (i.e., not run by CC faculty, but a partner like IES, DIS, Syracuse, School for Field Studies, etc), most are planning to run in coming semesters. Please carefully read the infromation on the program websites about COVID planning, modifications, and contingencies, and you may apply to join a program in Spring 2022 in Summit until October 15, using the CC Internal Application for Off-Campus Study. Students need to plan to work closely with us and their partner program as the pandemic continues to unfold.

Questions you should be asking:
We are in close communication with all of our CC partner programs, but if you are a student planning on studying abroad with a CC partner semester program in 2021-2022, we recommend that you also r
each out to your program provider with questions (or reference the COVID health & safety adjustments that most of them are listing on their websites) so that you have the best possible information about their contingency plans and your ability to participate in their program. Some of the questions you should be asking the CC program provider partner that you are applying with are:

When do they anticipate making a final decision as to whether their Spring programs will be able to run?
If the program can run, but the host country requires a period of self-isolation for foreign visitors, will they be able to provide housing, meals, and support to students prior to the start of classes? How will they do this?
Is there an expectation that classes will start on their standard schedule or is there a plan in place to delay the start of the program or start online? Ask for details about any potential changes to the calendar for the semester, including a modified online start.
If the program begins but then must be canceled due to another wave of COVID-19, what support will the host institution or university provide you? For example:
Will they offer online courses in order to complete your semester work?
Will they provide housing, meals, and services if you are placed on a lock-down or shelter order?
Will they assist with the cost of rescheduling tickets or purchasing return flights if you are asked to return home?
Does their program include travel insurance that has "trip cancellation" or "trip interruption" coverage to handle a potential last-minute or mid-program cancellation?

For any study abroad planning, making sure you understand and are comfortable with all the contingencies in place is of crucial importance, as well as planning for flexibility and change (including in purchasing any airline tickets, travel insurance, or submitting deposits). The Center for Global Education & Field Study staff are here to support you, but we realize that every individual has different needs and levels of comfort with the plans our partners around the world are making for study abroad program operations.

How to Apply for Study Abroad in 2021-2022

Many 2021-2022 Academic Year Blocks, particularly those in Spring, still have spots available for new applications.  If you are interested in a single-block program, we recommend you visit our 2021-2022 Blocks Away page to review the blocks available and then reach out to the leading faculty for each block to discover if applications are still being accepted.  If there is space in the program for new applicants, you can apply on Summit in the "Off-Campus Blocks" category. 

Block 7-8 programs have a second aid application window open until the last day of Block 1 this September.  All students who apply to a Block 7 or Block 8 program by the last day of Block 1 will be considered for a possible aid award.  Students applying for Block 1-6 programs who qualify for aid will be placed on the Aid Waitlist as all aid has been assigned for blocks 1-6 at this date.

The CC Internal Application for Off-Campus Study (used for partner/non-CC semester programs) is open in Summit now for Spring 2022 applications for CC partner programs until October 15. We will be in close communication with all applicants as we have more information, on a program-by-program basis. If you are planning ahead for Fall 2022, that application will open in Summit in December 2021, and be open until March 15, 2022.

The Summer 2022 Off-Campus Block offerings will be announced with the Summer Study Away Fair on November 3, 2021, from 12pm to 2pm in Worner.  The application window for Summer 2022 programs will be open in Summit from November 3 through January 26, 2022.  It is highly recommended that students apply by the January 26 deadline.  While applications can be accepted after that date, need-based financial aid is limited for summer programming and it is rare that a student who applies after this deadline is able to obtain an aid award.  All students who apply by the deadline will be reviewed for aid consideration.  

COVID passport considerations

U.S. Citizens should be aware that passport processing at facilities in the U.S. (both for first-time passport issuance, as well as renewals) have been suspended for much of the pandemic, and you should expect delays as they begin to resume services. U.S. Americans also face entry restrictions in many countries around the world and mandatory quarantine periods in those that will currently accept people traveling on a U.S. passport. These restrictions must be lifted in order for CC to approve any group travel to an international destination.

All students, faculty, and staff should use the International SOS database of travel information worldwide, which is regularly updated as situations change, country-by-country. You can access the International SOS pandemic page, and click on "Travel Restrictions, Flight Operations, and Screening." You will need to log in with the College's membership number: 11BSGC000027.

Non-U.S. Passport Holders: Colorado College international students should review the latest information regarding entry restrictions placed on passport holders from their home country. If you travel on a non-U.S. passport and you are unsure of your status for an upcoming study abroad program, you should reference the Frequently Asked Questions on the International Students' section of this website, and speak with the ISSS staff ( to confirm restrictions that might affect you.

Planning for co-curricular travel

Currently, all international travel is on hold for all College community members (students, faculty, and staff). Departments, offices, and programs who are looking ahead to resuming travel should contact Director Allen Bertsche at, (719) 227-8280, before making co-curricular international travel plans (including any breaks).

Previously: All CC-led Programs Cancelled for Spring and Summer 2021:

Colorado College has completed its reviews of all scheduled CC-led study abroad and made the difficult decision to cancel all remaining Summer 2021 programs due to the ongoing uncertainty, safety concerns, and travel restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Many of these programs may be rescheduled for Summer 2022, with new programs added, so please check back in November 2021 for announcements about our slate of Summer 2022 programming abroad and off-campus. While we anticipate that some destinations will loosen entry requirements in the coming months, particularly for vaccinated travelers, we also recognize that in-country conditions vary greatly, that significant concerns with variant strains of the virus exist, and that entry and quarantine restrictions may still impact global travelers.  We are optimistic that our programming will be able to resume as scheduled, but will continue to utilize our Safety & Travel Viability Review process throughout the year to evaluate all upcoming program destinations.  

Contact Information

Center for Global Education and Field Study: (719) 389-6077

Allen Bertsche, Director of Global Education (policy, procedures, CC faculty-led blocks abroad during the academic year and summer, all program models)

Heather Powell Browne, Assistant Director of Global Education (specialist in semester programs)


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