CLEMSON UNIVERSITY WILL NOT LIFT ITS TRAVEL SUSPENSION FOR SPRING SEMESTER PROGRAMS WITH START DATES PRIOR TO MARCH 1, 2021.
Clemson’s commitment to global learning and education abroad remains strong. We know that many students are eager to plan their next education abroad experience. The information below is a guide to provide some clarity and realistic timelines for your planning.
As of OCTOBER 1, 2020, all spring semester education abroad programs with in-country start dates prior to March 1 remain under the current travel suspension.
Spring programs with in-country start dates between March 1 and April 30 and based in countries with US Department of State Travel Advisory levels 1 or 2 and CDC Advisory of Level 1 will be reviewed by Clemson leadership, with a final decision on or before December 11.
While Clemson University, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), U.S. Department of State, and host country restrictions continue to prohibit international travel, we remain hopeful that these restrictions will begin to ease in the coming months and we have been working hard to prepare for the resumption of travel. Travel during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond will absolutely require new precautions. The Pam Hendrix Center for Education Abroad has established new protocols for study abroad programs to ensure the safety and well-being of our students, faculty, and staff. These protocols have been developed with guidance from the Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC), and the Forum on Education Abroad. We will continue to monitor these sources and will update our protocols as we are made aware of any changes.
The university is committed to the safety and well-being of our students, faculty and staff as they travel in pursuit of their academic goals. At times and under particular circumstances, the risks of travel may significantly outweigh the benefits and the university may deny requests for university related travel to destinations designated as high-risk. In determining decisions regarding high-risk travel, the University monitors travel advisories issued by the U.S. Department of State, Centers for Disease Control, World Health Organization, and the governments of other countries.
Status of Study Abroad Programs:
Spring 2021: Applications can be initiated. No application decisions will be rendered until travel advisories are lifted. Final decision on student travel abroad for spring 2021: CLEMSON UNIVERSITY WILL NOT LIFT ITS TRAVEL SUSPENSION FOR SPRING SEMESTER PROGRAMS WITH START DATES PRIOR TO MARCH 1, 2021. Depending on the program, if circumstances will not permit student travel for Spring 2021, we will be offering additional Virtual+ programming for select Clemson-sponsored programs.
Summer 2021: Final decision on student travel abroad for summer 2021 will be made by or before March 1, 2021. Please check our homepage for updates including program availability should travel re-open for summer 2021. Applications for select Clemson faculty-directed summer programs will open in early November though final decision on travel will be on or before March 1.
Faculty and Program Leaders, please see our Faculty and Staff page for important updates regarding Faculty-directed study abroad programs.
Please make sure that you are regularly checking Clemson University’s COVID-19 website for important updates.
Any changes to these restrictions will be announced as circumstances allow.