Saint Mary’s cancels summer 2021 study abroad programs, offers virtual options
Observer Staff Report | Monday, March 15, 2021
Saint Mary’s will not offer study abroad programming this summer, provost and senior vice president Titilayo Ufomata announced in an email to students Monday afternoon.
Ufomata noted that concerns about the state of COVID-19 in the College’s destination countries informed the decision.
“College policy stipulates that students cannot participate in study abroad programs in countries with a U.S. Department of State Travel Advisory Level of 3 or higher,” Ufomata said. “Currently, all of our destination countries are at a Travel Advisory Level 3 ‘Reconsider Travel’.”
According to the email, students can apply for remote internships until March 20, as an alternative to an in-person study abroad experience.
“We understand that this decision is disappointing, and remain committed to providing our students with opportunities to engage with people and cultures around the globe,” she said. “As an alternative to traditional study abroad programs, we have partnered with the CAPA Global Education Network to offer ‘Remote Global Internships’ for Summer 2021.”