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Spring 2021 Programs Updates

OIE recognizes that this is a challenging time to think about study abroad opportunities, and we will share updates to our spring program updates via email to spring applicants as well as through the FAQs below.  At any time, we are happy to discuss any questions or concerns you or your family may have, and would be happy to schedule a phone or online advising meeting.  Simply reach out to with your name and contact phone number, and one of our advisors will be in touch!

The OIE is committed to providing safe, quality programming for our students this spring at our locations in Europe. We are therefore pleased to share the following updates.
Short-Term Programs for Spring 2021: OIE is currently accepting applications for the spring Global Passport Program (traveling in May) but has suspended all other short-term programming traveling in January and during the semester.  The Tobin College of Business is continuing to monitor the situation globally and will make decisions shortly on their Spring 2021 Global Destination Courses.

St. John’s Programs in Rome, Paris, and Limerick: Though decisions on specific programs remain in flux, in order to remain flexible as countries continue their re-opening process, we have made the decision to modify the format of our spring semester programs: All programs will spend 90 days or fewer abroad, which will allow citizens of visa waiver countries, including the U.S., to maximize their time in Europe without the need to apply for a student visa. We will also begin the semester abroad later, which provides time for each city to advance re-opening efforts prior to your arrival. Though we are still finalizing dates, students can anticipate starting their coursework online in January for a start date abroad in mid-February.
Universidad Veritas in Costa Rica: Programs to Costa Rica are suspended for Spring 2021 and applications are open for students interested in study abroad in Fall 2021.

Exchange Programs: We continue to monitor the individual country situation for each of our exchange partner universities and encourage students to submit their Spring 2021 application.  We will be in touch on October 1 with a final decision, which we’ll make in coordination with our partner institutions around the globe.
Though we expect to gain more certainty in the coming weeks as school reopenings continue in Rome and Paris, some uncertainty remains. A few key details:

Consular offices worldwide are experiencing delays: Students traveling to Rome or Paris on a U.S., Canadian or European passport will not require a student visa.  International students from other countries should verify as a result, students cannot apply for visas that would permit them to spend more than 90 days abroad within a given immigration zone. We have modified the semester abroad to accommodate this change, which also offers additional benefits that we’ve detailed above.

The Department of State continues to experience significant delays in issuing and renewing passports: if you do not currently have a passport, or if your passport expires before June 16, 2021, once the agencies re-open, you’ll need to account for those delays as you prepare for a semester abroad and apply for your passport today!

OIE will also be running a health and safety risk assessment in accordance with updated guidelines from local governments abroad, U.S. agencies and St. John’s Public Safety for each of our locations abroad, before making final program decisions.
All short-term winter programming has been suspended for the 2020-2021 academic year, including the Fall 2020 Global Passport Program, the Deans International Opportunities Programs and our short-term faculty-directed programs.  We look forward to working with you on these short-term opportunities in the next academic year!
Students who carry a passport from the U.S., Canada, or the European Union will not need a student entry visa in order to participate in St. John’s fall semester programs in Europe. Students from other countries may require an entry visa and should contact for further assistance.

Students participating in programs through our exchange partner universities will require an entry visa. Currently, many countries are not processing student visa applications, so contact with any questions in the meantime.

International students must also be advised by the International Student and Scholars Services Office to verify that all their U.S. immigration documentation is in order for return to St. John’s after the study abroad program.
The University is tracking health and safety internationally and following updates from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, the U.S. Department of State and local governments abroad, including the ministries of health and education, in order to assess whether we can allow students to travel internationally at the end of September. St. John’s will be undertaking a thorough sanitation of each of its global sites in accordance with local requirements, and OIE will be tracking how complete or limited the openings continue to be in each country. We want to provide a safe and engaging environment where students may feel immersed in all that the local culture has to offer.

To help ease student concerns about life on the St. John’s campuses abroad, all students will be provided a single accommodation at our locations in Europe.