Barnard Global announced a total cancellation of all study abroad programs for fall 2020 in an email sent to study abroad students on May 12th. Columbia also confirmed the cancellation on May 14th.
Citing the uncertain future of COVID-19, along with high-level international travel warnings, Associate Provost Giorgio DiMauro announced to students that Barnard College made the decision to cancel all fall study abroad programs. This cancellation will “impact all students planning on studying abroad in both fall and full-year programs” the email stated; the status of study abroad in the spring is still unknown.
DiMauro instructed students to contact host universities and programs and arrange for appropriate refunds. The email stated that Barnard Global wanted to announce this decision on May 12th to give students time to finalize plans before the extended housing cancellation deadline on May 18th.
The short email ended with a link for appointments with Barnard Global, and students were asked to reach out if they had questions.
UPDATE 5/14 8:00 PM: Columbia confirmed in an email that it would be similarly canceling all Fall programs, but offered fewer details. Bwog has added the statement below.
Full email sent to students:
Dear fall and academic year study abroad students,
We’re writing to let you know that Barnard College has made the decision to cancel study abroad for fall 2020. This decision will impact all students planning on studying abroad in both fall and full-year programs.
We know that this will be disappointing news for many of you. There is much uncertainty about the path of the virus and as of today, the CDC and the US Department of State continue to maintain their highest-level warnings to avoid all international travel for the foreseeable future. We wanted to announce this decision to you today so that you can finalize your plans before the extended housing cancellation deadline on Monday, May 18th. This should also give you time to inform your host university or program and to request a full refund for any payments you may have already made.
Please reach out if you would like to discuss alternative plans or need our help or advocacy with your host programs. You can make an appointment by going to this link: https://barnardglobal.
All the best,
Giorgio & Krista
Full statement from Columbia:
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