October 8, 2020
Office of International Programs
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To Brown Faculty, Staff and Undergraduate Students: Spring 2021 Study Abroad


As you know, the COVID-19 pandemic has had profound implications for the health and safety of individuals and communities across the globe. As previously announced, Brown has suspended all university-sponsored Global Travel until January 3, 2021 (https://healthy.brown.edu/prevention/travel-policies). We write today with an important decision about Spring 2021 study abroad.

Given the uncertain nature of the global health crisis’s continued effects on both public health and on travel between countries, Brown has made the difficult decision to cancel all University-sponsored undergraduate study abroad for Spring 2021. This decision was made in consultation with Brown’s Global Travel Risk Assessment Committee in consideration of a number of factors, including student health and safety, evolving travel restrictions, cessation of visa issuances, restrictive entry requirements, and impacts on academic calendars around the world.

We are announcing this decision now to ensure that all students have ample time to adjust their plans for the upcoming semester. While no Brown undergraduates will be permitted to participate in any study abroad programming this spring, the University is fully committed to assisting those who applied in revising fall plans and considering study abroad options for the semesters ahead — OIP has been directly in touch with each of these students already. More information is available by clicking “Learn More” below.

Due to the rapidly evolving nature of the COVID-19 pandemic and its implications for health and safety and for travel, Brown will continue to monitor the situation before making any determinations about study abroad for Fall 2021. We appreciate your understanding as we all continue to navigate the challenges of this global health crisis.

Stay healthy and safe,

Brown Office of International Programs