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A Letter from the Directors

As we return to campus, we cautiously look forward to a return to study abroad. Studying abroad will be different not only in terms of options, but in the type of experience itself, as COVID-19 will continue to impact our day to day lives in ways we cannot yet predict. Students who choose to go abroad will have to be as adaptable as ever and possess an even higher tolerance for ambiguity -- both intercultural skills that we have always hoped our students will strengthen while participating in our programs.

The decision to study abroad is a deeply personal one, and we would like for students and their families to know that our entire team is here to help you make as informed a decision as possible. We are happy to answer questions around COVID-19, the costs of studying abroad, how your different social identities might be received in the country where you want to study, and/or what academic requirements you can fulfill abroad. 

For some of you, based on your goals and the opportunities available, this year will be an excellent opportunity to study abroad, and we are excited to be able to support you in preparing for this enriching experience. Certainly this year’s
twin pandemics--of coronavirus and racial violence--and the polarizing divisions within our nation have reminded us all too well that we need more people who can effectively communicate across differences, understand systemic connections between the local and global, and empathize with those who might hold fundamentally different beliefs.

For others, this might not end up being the best year to study abroad; rather, it might be the right time to learn about different kinds of opportunities so that you can more concretely plan for a future study abroad experience. Wherever you are in the exploration or decision making process, we hope you will feel comfortable reaching out to a member of our CGIS team.

— Michael & Pardip