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Study Abroad COVID Updates

Updated September 15, 2022
Spring 2023 semester and short-term 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 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 in your study abroad program. 

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: Vaccinated passengers arriving to Italy with official proof (white CDC card, for example) of anti-COVID vaccination (no more than 9 months old) will no longer be required to submit proof of a negative test result or a passenger locator form but may be subject to a random swab test upon arrival. Masks and green passes are no longer required to access St. John's Rome campus. KN95 masks remain mandatory for public transportation, theaters, cinemas, and indoor events, but are no longer required for restaurants, gyms and cultural venues such as museums.
  • For students studying in France: France currently recognizes Moderna and Pfizer COVID vaccines as valid for 4 months, and the Johnson & Johnson vaccine for 2 months. As of 2/15/22, students arriving to France with a vaccination older than 9 months will be required to submit proof of a negative COVID test result; an mRNA COVID booster shot (Pfizer or Moderna) waives this requirement.
  • 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. As of 1/5/2022, vaccinated passengers proof of vaccination or recent recovery from COVID-19 will be exempt from entry testing requirements. At this time, students in the Western Europe programs will not require testing in order to travel between France, Ireland and Italy
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.

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.