UPDATE ON STUDY ABROAD
The COVID-19 pandemic, in particular the spread of the highly transmissible Omicron variant, continues to affect our students’ ability to study abroad. We monitor the international situation closely, and are working to help students prepare to study abroad when the situation warrants. Study abroad was suspended for the January 2022 intersession, and for most destinations for the spring 2022 semester as well. However, because New York State approved the CUNY Plan to Relaunch Study Abroad, we now have a framework that enabled us to resume in-person study abroad at one destination this spring 2022 semester, and we believe that we can resume in-person study abroad for at least some destinations during the summer 2022 term and fall 2022 semester.
Since in-person study abroad involves international travel, we must petition to send students to our exchange programs and other study abroad options. While we anticipate that there will be fewer restrictions on study abroad by the summer, we are nonetheless following the “twin-track” approach we have successfully used in the past for the study abroad application cycle for summer and fall 2022.
Track 1: Applications to Study Abroad
You should apply to study abroad for summer and fall 2022 as you normally would (i.e. as it there were no COVID). We will process your applications, schedule interviews for exchange programs, give provisional approval of applications, and make provisional nominations for our exchanges. Final approval will be given only once study abroad to your destination has been approved. However, we strongly recommend that you NOT make any substantial non-refundable payments until we notify you that your study abroad has been given final approval.
Track 2: Registration at Baruch for Fall 2022
We do not know when we might obtain final approval for study abroad programs. Therefore, if you have not been notified about the status of your study abroad program by the date(s) of your summer (if you plan to take courses) and fall 2022 registration appointment(s), you should register for courses at Baruch as you would if you were not planning to study abroad. Once your study abroad destination has been approved, we will work with you to have you registered for study abroad.
During the summer, the Baruch Study Abroad Office is offering one Study Abroad Virtual Information Session per week, at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesdays. This Virtual Information Session provides an overview of opportunities for study abroad and the application process.
If you have already attended a Virtual Study Abroad Information Session, you can discuss your plans in more detail in a Virtual Study Abroad Advising Session during our summer Drop-in hours. In a Virtual Study Abroad Advising Session, you can discuss your plans with a Study Abroad Advisor, the Associate Director of Study Abroad, or the Director of Study Abroad.
Global learning, or a phrase like it, has become one of the most pervasive watchwords in higher education today. And for good reason: in today’s world of deeply intertwined global relationships, the ability to move easily within and between cultures is becoming not only an increasingly prized qualification for jobs in any number of fields, but has become an indispensable component of a college education in the twenty-first century.
The Baruch College Study Abroad Office is here to help students from all three Baruch Schools who wish to study abroad attain their educational and cultural learning goals. We help them choose their study abroad destination wisely, fit their study abroad experience into their overall college education, and guide them throughout the process of applying to study abroad.
The Study Abroad Office also assists Baruch faculty in developing study abroad programs.
As part of the Weissman Center for International Business, the Study Abroad Office has been promoting the aims of global education at Baruch for nearly two decades. We look forward to continuing to help the entire Baruch College community achieve these important aims both today and in the future.
When planning your study abroad experience, please keep in mind the deadlines for submitting your Baruch Application to Study Abroad:
|October 1||For programs during the January Intersession or Spring Semester*|
|March 15||For programs during the Summer Session, Fall Semester * or Academic Year|
*Please note: Some Baruch exchange programs may have earlier application deadlines. Please check with the Study Abroad Office to find out if your preferred exchange program has an earlier application deadline.