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Updates on Fall 2021 and Spring 2022

We are excited to announce the return of study abroad for Fall 2021. The first cohort of St. John's students is currently studying in Rome and immersing themselves in their new St. John's home in Rome.

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) has been closely monitoring 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. 

Though our program offerings were more limited this fall— focusing on our campus-based Discover Italy programs —we plan to resume other offerings this spring and are committed to safely re-starting study abroad. 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 should be aware that vaccinations exemptions granted by St. John's university may not be recognized in destination countries abroad, and may result in denial of entry into public events and spaces, or limited participation in certain class or group activities. Testing requirements may also differ by country.

OIE continues to keep a close watch on updates in guidance from a number of international resources, as we mentioned. Despite the Department of State’s recent change in travel guidance to put more weight on previous CDC recommendations, they have also indicated in their announcement that this “does not imply a reassessment of the current health situation in a given country.”     

Though some countries may require student travelers to submit to pre-arrival or post-arrival testing, vaccinated travelers are not currently subject to a period of self-quarantine upon arrival, but must follow local guidelines for masking and social-distancing. These rules are evolving rapidly, and OIE will continue to monitor the guidance.  

OIE is accepting applications for our Spring 2022 programs. Please visit www.stjohns.edu/studyabroad for the full range of semester-length and short-term program offerings.
 
The OIE team is available at any time for a remote advisement session, and we encourage you and your families to reach out to our advisors with any questions, at studyabroad@stjohns.edu or (718) 990 6105.