Planning for Spring 2022 Study Away

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FAQs & Information

Travel has resumed, albeit slowly, but we have students studying away in fall 2021 and we anticipate students being able to study away in spring 2022! Still, we recommend that students plan to be away AND plan to be at Amherst. Complete your applications to study away in the spring 2022 semester but also pre-register for courses at Amherst and participate in the housing selection process. It is important to have a confirmed backup plan in the event that you are unable to travel in the spring semester.

FAQs for Spring 2022 Study Away

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 Notices. (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 Students will find this timeline helpful, too, as they plan for spring study away.

Messages to students

Below are the messages sent to students who started an Educational Leave Approval Checklist for the spring 2022 by the appropriate deadline:

August 24, 2021 email

Dear [student name],

We hope you have enjoyed the summer months! GEO will sponsor a number of virtual events this semester. Events will be advertised in the Daily Mammoth and in our weekly newsletter! You can make an in-person appointment with us here. We also have in-person drop-ins on Fridays from 10am-12pm and 2pm-4pm in Keefe 102. Drop-ins are first come, first served.

You are receiving this email because you started an educational leave approval checklist for the spring 2022 semester. We have important information and deadlines to share below. We have developed FAQs to help you plan. Please save this email for reference.

The U.S. Passport Agency estimates new and renewal passport applications will take up to 18 weeks. Check the expiry date of your passport and apply immediately with expedited service (which may take up to 12 weeks). If your host country requires a visa, you may need to select a program that does not require a visa. Make an appointment with us to discuss program options.

Exchange Program Application Deadlines
Amherst has a number of exchange programs. For The American University of Beirut, applications are due to 9/10. For Yale-NUS CollegeUIC Yonsei UniversityFLAME University, and Uniandes, applications are due 10/1. Instructions are in the travel registry.

Petitioning a non-approved program
If you would like to attend a program not currently approved, you need to petition the faculty committee on global education by 10/1. You must meet with a GEO adviser two weeks in advance in order to discuss the program and gain access to the online petition form. Please note that petition programs should offer different academic and/or cultural experiences from pre-approved programs.

Educational Leave Approval Checklist Part 1 and Part 2
Part 1 is due 10/15 and requires that you upload a copy/screenshot of your acceptance email to your program. Once Part 1 is submitted, GEO will review it and open up Part 2 for you. Part 2 is much shorter and is program-specific, and Part 2 is due 11/1.

If you are studying in a country that requires a visa (e.g., Austria, Italy, Spain), you will need to apply for a visa. If your program offers batch processing, we strongly encourage you to take advantage of this service. (Financial aid includes this service fee in the study away budget.)

Travel petition
As per the College's travel policy, students studying abroad in countries with a U.S. State Department Travel Advisory Level 3 or 4 and/or a CDC Travel Health Notice 3 or 4 must petition the international risk management group. Travel petitions are due 10/15. All students must also read and sign a special acknowledgement of risk form that is due 11/1. This form will be sent to you individually in late October.

We look forward to working with you!

Janna & Chelsi

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Janna Behrens, Associate Dean/Director of Global Education
Chelsi Colleton, Assistant Director of Global Education

April 20, 2021 email

Dear Student,

We are happy to see you started an educational leave approval checklist for the spring 2022 semester! Because we are currently managing checklists of the students who plan to depart in the fall, your checklist will not be open for you to complete the additional steps until the summer. We will notify you when it is accessible to you once again. 

In the meantime, you are welcome to set up an advising appointment with us to discuss program options, or email us with quick questions. 

Best wishes for what remains of the semester!