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Study Abroad COVID Updates

Updated November 21, 2022
Fall 2023 semester program applications are open.
In keeping with our University mission, student safety and well-being remain our utmost priority as we deliver global academic opportunities. The Office of International Education(OIE) continues to closely monitor the health situation globally in coordination with the offices throughout St. John’s, with the U.S. Department of State, the Centers for Disease Control, the World Health Organization, as well as local ministries of health and foreign affairs and a number of international resources.

The University-wide vaccination requirement will be among the ways we keep our programs healthy while ensuring that students have access to the remarkable cities where they will live and learn. Students with medical or religious exemptions will not be permitted to study abroad at this time. OIE strongly encourages all participants in study abroad to receive their COVID booster shot prior to arrival in Europe, if possible, as we cannot guarantee that students will be able to receive a booster abroad. We also strongly discourage any optional international travel prior to your study abroad program as this might expose you to more risks and influence your ability to participate in your study abroad program. 

Though most countries do not require student travelers to submit to pre-arrival or post-arrival testing, travelers must follow local guidelines for masking and social-distancing. The rules for each country continue to evolve rapidly, and OIE will continue to monitor the guidance and update all of our student participants.

The OIE team is available to assist with any questions, and we encourage you and your families to reach out to our advisors at or (718) 990 6105.