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Study Abroad Update for Fall 2020

June 17, 2020

Below is a message from the International Services team about study abroad for the fall. All students who planned to study abroad received the message yesterday afternoon. Please contact International Services with any questions.

 


It is with a heavy heart that we must announce that Saint Louis University is canceling all SLU-approved international short-term and semester study-abroad experiences for the Fall 2020 semester.  

The health and safety of our students is our highest priority and our utmost concern. Our Jesuit mission calls those who are able to put the greater good over our own preferences to do so in order to help those who do not have a choice. 

While we understand that things may change in the interim, we do not want to delay a decision for our Billikens any longer. 

These are the factors that have contributed to our decision: 

These advisories are currently at the highest possible levels, and neither the State Department nor the CDC has indicated that they plan to lower these alerts. The suspension of all SLU-sponsored travel that the University issued in March also remains in place. 

Unfortunately, a pandemic offers no set timeline nor end date. Passport processing in the U.S. is still on pause, consulates worldwide are not operating as they would normally, and some borders are still closed. Additionally, many countries have also implemented two-week quarantine periods upon a traveler’s arrival. Planning for international travel and study has become nearly impossible amid so much unknown. 

Next steps 

Students intending to study abroad in the Fall were given the approval to also register for courses on our St. Louis campuses in April. If you have not yet registered, please be in touch with your academic advisor.  

For SLU-Madrid students, you will need to drop the Madrid coursework by June 19. If you have any difficulty doing so, please contact registrar-madrid@slu.edu.  

Students who planned to study abroad this fall through SLU-Madrid may enroll in an online course through the Madrid campus, to allow for engagement with our international community there. For information about this option, please contact advising-madrid@slu.edu.

For students who plan to live on campus in the Fall and haven’t completed a housing contract, please contact Housing & Residence Life at reslife@slu.edu or 314-977-2811. If you have already taken this step, there is nothing more to do. 

We want to thank you very much for your patience and understanding. Saint Louis University values the rich experiences that come from study abroad, and this has been a difficult decision to reach. As always, we are available for your questions and concerns. 

Thank you, 

Rebecca Bahan
Director of International Services