Message Sent To:All Faculty, All Staff, All Students
Message From:Message from the Office of the Provost
Date Sent:Thursday, October 1, 2020 05:00 PM CDT

Study Abroad Update

October 1, 2020

Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,

After careful consideration of expert input, international travel restrictions, and the continual spread COVID-19 in many countries, Loyola University Chicago has made the difficult decision to continue the suspension of all study abroad programs though J-term 2021 and Spring 2021.

Loyola students will not be able to study abroad on any program administered by the University or other study abroad organizations, nor will visiting students be able to study at Loyola’s two global centers, the John Felice Rome Center and the Vietnam Center.

This decision was not an easy one to make as we greatly value the transformative experience that study abroad provides. However, after thoroughly reviewing government advisories from the U.S. Department of State and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the immigration requirements and entry bans issued by foreign ministries, and operations at our global centers and partner campuses abroad, and in consideration of the information available to us at this time, we find that conditions do not currently exist to support health and safety in the study abroad experience.

We are now working with all students, faculty, and staff impacted by this decision. We look forward to reinstating study abroad as soon as it is prudent to do so, which we hope will be for Summer 2021.

Loyola is absolutely committed to the resumption of study abroad when conditions permit, allowing us to continue the decades-long tradition of study abroad that many thousands of our students have enjoyed over several generations. Our many years in Rome and more recently in Ho Chi Minh City, as well as our study abroad in places all around the globe, have provided our students with lifelong memories and rich cultural encounters in meaningful engagement.

The whole team in the Office of Study Abroad and the Office of International Programs very much look forward to the day when we will once again study in partnership with our friends and colleagues abroad.

Together in Loyola,

D. Scott Hendrickson, S.J., DPhil
Associate Provost for Global and Community Engagement