Denison is canceling international travel including off-campus study for spring 2021. COVID-19 continues to wreak havoc on our lives as measured by inconsistencies in testing, contact tracing, mitigation practices, and a current spike in infection rates in most states across the US. At the same time, many concerns remain about the overall safety of travel in an international context, and the prudence of travel in the midst of a global health pandemic that has claimed over 1.1 million lives around the world.
While providers continue to run programs in countries where they feel confident that the health care system can adequately respond to COVID-19 spikes, we have observed over the past nine months that even the best systems can become quickly overwhelmed. Emergency response and preparedness are always concerns when it comes to studying abroad, even in a good year. But in the era of COVID-19 they are even more acute.
There continue to be uncertainties associated with visas and airline travel. Overall, our ability to manage and assess risk is infinitely more complex and complicated when there are so many variables in play, and so little in the way of a collective, coordinated, globally agreed upon response.
As a reminder, Student Housing requires that you declare your spring intent (remote learning or on-campus housing) by Friday, November 6. However, you will be unable to do this until you notify our office of your plans. If you do not contact our office by November 1 your application will automatically default to “withdrawn” status, and your name forwarded to Student Housing so that you are eligible for selection.
There are other amazing opportunities to have an international experience while you are at Denison, and after graduation (e.g. Lisska Center, Knowlton Center for Career Exploration and Development). Majors that require some kind of off-campus experience, such as International Studies and Global Commerce, are being quite flexible about fall 2021. We strongly encourage students to consult with program and department chairs about that time frame.