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COVID-19 | Study Abroad Information

Check here for all study abroad updates regarding the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Assessing the Viability of Study Abroad

Our team is taking many steps to continually assess which study abroad programs will be viable and to provide the best possible advising to students amidst an extremely dynamic global pandemic. Below are examples of our considerations and action steps that are constantly ongoing:

  • Assess partner and affiliate study abroad programs to ensure they continue to meet Bentley’s standards of academic quality and intercultural engagement.
  • Assess the extent to which student mobility can take place ethically without causing an outsized risk of COVID transmission within the host country.
  • Confirm partner and affiliate health and safety protocols and contingency plans to ensure preparedness for change of delivery mode from in-person to virtual prior to program start or mid-semester.
  • Monitor the dynamic country- and program-specific enrollment regulations and entry requirements to advise students on entry and residency requirements in the host country.
  • Provide information on optional insurance to mitigate risks of program cancellation or interruption
  • Monitor changes or cancellations by our partners and affiliates to provide updates to students.

Our advising and pre-departure preparation has always been designed to provide the guidance students need to make informed personal decisions about study abroad. In the context of a global pandemic, students and families must be even more prepared to utilize this guidance to determine their own comfort level and tolerance for international travel risk, and ultimately make their own decisions about whether or not to embark, or return from, a study abroad program in the event that a program is not cancelled for all participants. 

Unfortunately, program cancellation is still a viable possibility. Below are just some examples of triggers that may lead to consideration of program cancellation:

  • If there is a possibility that access to medical care would be compromised in the host country
  • If partner universities or affiliates close or suspend courses with no virtual options
  • If U.S. citizens cannot enter the host country
COVID-19 Vaccine Policy for Faculty-led International Courses and Global Business Experiences

All students, faculty and staff participating in a Bentley faculty-led international course or GBE must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 no later than 30 days prior to departure. There are no medical or religious exemptions. Upon acceptance into a faculty-led international course or GBE, the Cronin Office of International Education will confirm participants’ vaccination status via their Bentley record and contact anyone that does not have proof of vaccination on file. Due to the impracticalities of quarantine, restricted access to sites for unvaccinated travelers, the CDC obligation to quarantine upon return to the U.S., and to minimize health risk to participants and our worldwide community, there are no exceptions to this policy.

COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement for Semester and Summer programs

Students participating in semester and summer study abroad programs are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Study abroad students must carry proof of vaccination when traveling abroad. Students with approved exemptions to Bentley’s vaccination policy must carefully consider the following risks and ramifications of studying abroad without vaccination:

  • Study abroad students are ambassadors who have an individual role to play in the global cooperation required to end the pandemic. Vaccinated study abroad students will help to protect themselves and their host community against Covid-19.
  • Some countries may require proof of vaccination in order to gain entry. Some host institutions abroad, likewise, may require proof of vaccination for enrollment in their courses.
  • Students who are not vaccinated may be subject to mandatory isolation or quarantine upon entry for an extended period of time, at their own expense, in a location not of their choosing.  
  • Students who are not vaccinated may have reduced freedom of movement in their host country.
  • Study abroad students should carry written or digital proof of vaccination when traveling abroad.
What happens if my program gets cancelled due to COVID-19?

While we continue to prepare for fall and academic year study abroad programs to take place as planned, the pandemic’s ongoing uncertainty means we must prepare for the possibility that a study abroad program could notify Bentley of cancellation. Below are program cancellation scenarios and the options for students under those circumstances. 

  1. If your fall 2022 study abroad program is cancelled and fall 2022 is the final semester of your undergraduate degree [intended graduation date Dec 2022], you will be eligible to switch to another fall 2022 study abroad program, subject to available space. Program availability will be communicated to you after the program cancellation occurs.  
  2. If your fall 2022 study abroad program is cancelled and fall 2022 is not the final semester of your undergraduate degree, you have the following options: 
  • Defer your enrollment to your same program in spring 2023, subject to available space.  
  • Submit an application for a semester or academic year program in the 2023-24 academic year, waive application fee, and receive priority in the application process. 
  • Withdraw from study abroad. We will provide all students with resources and information about pursuing postgraduate international opportunities. 

We encourage you to refer to this page frequently, as we regularly update it with more details regarding Bentley’s decision making protocols and program updates.

Program Cancellations

The following partners and affiliates have cancelled their study abroad programs for the following terms::

Fall 2022

  • IFSA Shanghai

May 2022

  • GBE 790: Japan's Culture and Business Practices

Spring 2022

  • Bond University
  • RMIT University
  • IFSA Pune
  • IFSA Shanghai

Fall 2021

  • Nanyang Technological University
  • RMIT University
  • IFSA Shanghai
  • IFSA Pune
  • Semester at Sea
  • Bond University

Here you will find all communications from our office to 2021-22 study abroad students, parents, and other stakeholders. If you're looking for older communications, check our COVID-19 Archive here.

We encourage you to refer to this page frequently, as we regularly update it with more details regarding Bentley’s decision making protocols and program updates.