COVID-19 and Study Away

The health and safety of our students are the utmost importance to Amherst and our study away partners. We feel that students may study away and have a safe and successful experience, though there may be modifications to program activities as local public health ordinance dictates. Students who have been studying away have had rich, engaging experiences - and you can, too!

Many programs have been operating throughout the pandemic. It is important that students follow closely the advice from programs about how they are operating and what activities are available to students, including program policies around independent travel. 

For the fall 2022 semester and beyond, we have general information and FAQs below on study away during the pandemic. Students interested in fall 2021 information or spring 2022 information should visit those respective pages. 

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FAQs for Study Away

Common Questions about Study Away During COVID-19

Students need to carefully review the U.S. State Department Travel Advisories, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Travel Health Notices, and the CDC COVID Travel Information. (Students may find the U.S. State Department’s color-coded map a helpful tool in identifying the travel advisory levels of countries in a particular region.)

As per the College’s travel policy, students may need to petition the international risk management group to travel to a particular country. The petition process will be available in the Educational Leave Approval Checklist in the Amherst College Travel Registry and students should keep abreast of these travel advisories and health noticies. 

These FAQs will continue to be updated; please direct questions to Fall and full year students will find this timeline for planning for a fall departure helpful. Spring students will find this spring planning timeline helpful.