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Updates on Fall 2021 and Spring 2022

We are excited to announce the return of study abroad for Fall 2021. 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 will be more limited this fall—we are focusing on our campus-based Discover Italy programs and plan to resume other offerings this spring—we are committed to safely re-starting study abroad in just a few months. The University-wide vaccination requirement announced by Father Shanley on April 21 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. Applications for our Discover Italy programs remain open until June 1.

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 Italian law currently require student travelers to submit to pre-arrival and post-arrival testing, and vaccinated travelers will not be subject to a period of self-quarantine. These rules are evolving rapidly, and OIE will continue to monitor the guidance. The European Union has also recently announced easing restrictions on vaccinated travelers in the coming months, and the CDC has recently indicated that traveling while vaccinated and in accordance with local health and testing guidelines is considered low risk. However, out of an abundance of caution and to re-engage our campuses’ home cities fully, we will replace overnight excursions with increased local activities in and near Rome. Suffice it to say, Italy offers a wealth of options, so it will be a remarkable semester, even as we shift the structure slightly. Italy is continuing to allow study visas, as educational activities are considered essential.   

OIE is accepting applications for our Spring 2022 programs. The Spring 2022 Western Europe: Pharmacy program application opens on May 1, 2021.  
The OIE team is available at any time for a remote advisement session, and we encourage you to reach out to our advisors at or (718) 990 6105. 

OIE will continue to share further updates here and with all Fall 2021 applicants.