***Updated April 2, 2020***
While SRAS continues to work with our current spring students in their transition to remote learning, we are also preparing for summer. We recognize that the situation is unpredictable. At the same time, we remain hopeful that conditions will improve – returning us in the coming weeks or months to at least a “new normal,” including for travel and study abroad.
The situation requires continuous monitoring. Health and safety remain our top concerns. We are approaching summer with both caution and flexibility. To this end, we are taking the following steps:
- Summer programming will be limited to language study in Kyiv. All other programs and locations are cancelled until fall.
- Kyiv will offer either hybrid study abroad, with some lessons delivered online before leaving home, or late session study abroad. Both options will entail an arrival to Kyiv on July 4.
- Maximum time will be given to students to make final commitments – meaning that program deposits will remain fully refundable until we are within two weeks of program start dates.
- We are also asking that students either hold on purchasing flights until much closer to program start and/or to purchase refundable tickets, applicable insurance, or flexible tickets as being offered by many airlines at present.
- We are actively monitoring the situation. We will re-evaluate our offering in Kyiv based on State Department recommendations, feasibility of air travel, and other considerations on or before May 15. Final decisions will be made by then.
We have decided to consolidate to Kyiv for several reasons. Logistically, it is simplest, with no visa required. Our Kyiv partners are also best positioned to be able to quickly implement a hybrid model, with in-house media staff.
We are not countering the decisions taken by study abroad offices. We completely understand their positions and the factors leading to decisions often taken on a large institutional level. If your intent is to gain transferable credit, use financial aid, or otherwise take advantage of the support offered by your home university while you are away, please pay attention to their policies. These policies have been enacted with careful consideration. Your advisors, more than anybody, know how important the study abroad experience is and also realize that safety is everyone’s top priority.
Just as we are maintaining a single post concerning the current COVID-19 situation, we will continue to update this post with any further impact on summer studies.