***Updated May 2, 2020***
SRAS continues to cautiously plan our future study abroad programs with student health and safety as our highest priorities.
We have decided to cancel all summer abroad for 2020. We will offer online courses through our partners abroad.
Our decision was made with the health and safety of our students, colleagues, and partners in mind as well as with many other considerations taken into account. First, while Russia, Ukraine, Kyrgyzstan, and Poland are all formulating plans to reopen, none of these plans mention reopening borders, fully resuming international flights, or issuing visas where needed. Second, all our programs go beyond the classroom with cultural excursions, homestays, and peer tutoring. Freely exploring the city and meeting locals are also important parts of study abroad. Much of the study abroad experience is social interaction and mobility. Both are likely to remain broadly restricted this summer. Thus, even if borders are reopened in time, we do not believe that study abroad can be offered this summer with the type of quality program that SRAS is known for.
How To Keep Planning:
Current summer applicants can defer applications to any other period. Just contact us to let us know your plans. Deferring comes with no financial obligations or commitments – it simply keeps you on our radar for updates concerning the new period. No new application or deferral fees will be charged. Deposits for summer can be refunded or applied to new programs.
Seniors graduating in the 2020-2021 academic year, will have additional grants available for SRAS programs. Graduation never excludes you from SRAS programs, but it can limit your access to some funding options. At the same time, study abroad is no less valuable to you as you move forward to enter the job market or graduate studies. Keep an eye on our newsletter to be updated about these new grants.
For all those considering study abroad, SRAS is as committed as always to working with you to find a program that will help you meet your personal, academic, and professional goals. We are committed to making your study abroad experience happen. Universities are also adjusting their policies on deadlines with the same focused determination to help you achieve your study abroad dreams.
We are confident that, together, we can help get you abroad!