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Updates on Winter and Spring 2022 Study Abroad

Updated January 7, 2022: All spring 2022 semester programs are confirmed to run. 

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 and booster 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. OIE cannot guarantee that students will be able to receive a booster abroad, as policy varies by country and program type. 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. 

The CDC and FDA have updated their guidance (FDA news release here) on eligibility for a COVID-19 booster: those who are 18 and older who received Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccines are now eligible to receive a booster shot 5 months after completing their two-dose vaccination series. In addition, those 18 and older who received Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine are eligible to receive a booster 2 months after their initial vaccination.
  • For students studying in Italy: Italy currently recognizes COVID vaccines and boosters as valid for 9 months. Starting on February 1, 2022, that period of validity will reduce to 6 months. OIE will work with students who require a booster abroad to register with the Italian government in order to receive the vaccination. Failure to obtain the proper booster shot may not only limit a student's ability to participate in indoor activities but may result in a more frequent testing requirement in the interim in order to maintain your required COVID green pass. Until January 31, 2022, Italy requires everyone to be masked at all times, indoors and outdoors, with a KN95 mask or equivalent. Passengers arriving to Italy may be subject to a random swab test upon arrival.
  • For students studying in France: France currently recognizes COVID vaccines and boosters as valid for 5 to 7 months. Students residing in Paris are eligible to receive a booster in Paris as early as 3 months after their last vaccine dose. All students will be required to register their vaccine in France and obtain their mandated passe sanitaire (see below). Effective January 1, 2022, the city of Paris requires everyone to be masked at all times, indoors and outdoors.
  • For students studying in Ireland: Ireland recognizes a 9-month limit on vaccine validity, and boosters are currently available through a system of walk-in clinics, though policies may change at any time. As of 1/5/2022, vaccinated passengers proof of vaccination or recent recovery from COVID-19 will be exempt from entry testing requirements.
Though most countries require student travelers to submit to pre-arrival or post-arrival testing, vaccinated travelers are not currently subject to a period of quarantine upon arrival in France, Italy and Ireland, but 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. Students should verify with their own airlines which testing guidelines they require for their flights.

For students traveling to France: all students participating in Discover France, Western Europe and short-term programs to Paris will be required to register their vaccination in order to receive a digital passe sanitaire for access to restaurants and museums. Discover France students have been provided information on how to apply online and should make their application as soon as possible. For students in the Western Europe and short-term programs, St. John's Paris team will assist with applying for your passe sanitaire as part of your on-site orientation in Paris. Students arriving prior to the start of the program will need to plan to visit a pharmacy independently in order to apply on-site for their passe sanitaire prior to gaining access to restaurants, museums and cultural sites and will need to present their passport and physical CDC vaccination card (or other official proof of vaccination if you received your vaccination outside of the United States).
The OIE team is available to assist with any questions or schedule a remote advisement session, and we encourage you and your families to reach out to our advisors with any questions at or (718) 990 6105.