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Education Abroad Current Travel Updates

This website has current travel updates and information related to study abroad in Summer 2020.  It contains Covid-19 related travel updates, health warnings, and government information.  As always, the Education Abroad Office will communicate with Summer 2020 Students and Faculty via email and newsletter, but this website will share the latest information related to international travel. The health and safety of PCC Students and Faculty are our top priority, and we are monitoring the situation daily.

Update from March 27 (Email to students from Anne Frey): 

Student safety and security and that of the faculty and communities is the utmost priority. At this time, as you are well aware, there are many unknowns in the world: the airline industry, our program partners who organize things in-country, the global economy and the impact the pandemic has had, and will have, on personal finances to name a few. Simply put, we do not feel that we can offer the best possible study abroad experience for you.

Given the above, we have made the difficult decision to postpone all summer 2020 programs to summer 2021.  This decision was very difficult for the faculty and our office but we feel like it is the responsible thing to do. We also feel that by making this decision now, will allow you to plan accordingly.

Deposit Refund:

We are also mindful that students might need to prioritize living expenses during this time.  With that in mind, we are working with Student Accounts to return your $500 deposit as soon as possible. When we know more about this timeline, we will let you know, but we hope it will be in the next two weeks.

2020 applications to 2021:

With the thought that all summer 2020 programs will take place during summer 2021, we would like you to consider your circumstances and whether you would like to roll your application over to next year.

If you would like to participate in the same program next summer, please let us know by September 30 and we will roll over your application.  Please stay tuned for more information and updates on this process.

Scholarship Impacts:

For those of you who have received a scholarship and for those of you who have applied for a scholarship, we will be in direct contact with you as to what the next steps might be around your specific scholarship or scholarship application.

If you have any questions about any of the above information, please reach out to us!


Update from March 18:

With the current Covid-19 pandemic, the US Department of State is urging all US citizens to avoid travel. We do not know how long this travel advisory will last. We are closely monitoring messages from the government and communicating regularly with our program partners. We will continue to communicate with students regarding summer programs via this website, email and newsletters. See the US Department of State Travel Warning Level 4 Here.

CDC COVID-19 Travel Recommendations by Country

US Passport Agency – the agency is not currently accepting expedited passport applications. Routine applications are taking 6-8 weeks.

PCC response and plan to COVID-19