STUDY ABROAD IN SPRING 2021 SEMESTER
We recognize that study abroad plans have been suspended by COVID 19 and resulting travel restrictions. The following policy has been developed to assist students in decision-making and understanding how and when travel for study may become possible. In the meantime, all Bard students are encouraged to seek out and participate in virtual meetings and activities with peers from the Open Society University Network (OSUN), Bard Globalization and International Affairs (BGIA) program, and Bard’s additional international partners.
COVID19 Coronavirus & International Travel
Students are advised to review the following resources related to the COVID19 coronavirus and international travel, particularly in advance of making plans for spring break or other travel opportunities. All students are advised to speak with our on-site program staff ahead of independent travel or if they are feeling unwell for any reason.
For all Bard Abroad programs, check out their respective webpages. You can find out more about each country through the U.S. Department of State Travel Database.
Some general things to think about:
Is your identity part of the majority? Minority? What are stereotypes present in the host country? Are there any legal issues or politics you might face? Do you need to disclose it to your host family? How may they react? Does your program have a specific support system in place? Are those with a similar identity going on this program? Have been on this program? How will you react when faced with potentially biased incidents or remarks? What will you learn about yourself and your identity? How can this experience strengthen your identity?
There is no monolithic experience for every student studying abroad, especially when it comes to finance. The hope is that these resources can serve as an initial guide for finances at all stages of the study abroad experience; from financing your chosen program to re-entry. Personal finances intersect with different identity characteristics, for this reason we wanted to create a comprehensive resource regardless of one’s starting place.