September 28, 2020

Update on international Spring 2021 Study Away programs

Dear Campus Community,

The following message was sent today to all students who were scheduled to participate in international Spring 2021 Study Away programs, which have been canceled because of ongoing issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic. See below for more information. The university will continue to monitor the pandemic and make adjustments to fall and spring plans as necessary. Please continue to visit the Furman Focused website and check your email for regular updates.


The Fall Planning Steering Committee

Dear Study Away Spring 2021 Students and Families,

Furman’s Study Away Safety Compliance and Assessment of Risk Committee (SASCAR) continually monitors the global COVID-19 pandemic to assess risks and determine whether study away programs are feasible. We rely on the travel advice published by the U.S. Department of State, guidance on travel from the U.S. Center for Disease Control, information from a national network of institutions of higher education, health and safety alerts from our international insurance provider, and information from our partner institutions abroad, as well as epidemiologists on the Furman faculty.

With this information, the SASCAR Committee has made the difficult decision to cancel all international programs for Spring 2021.   Due to the unpredictable trajectory and impact of COVID-19, closing of universities abroad and delayed starts, significant visa and travel restrictions and challenges, as well as guidance from the WHO, the CDC, and the U.S. Department of State Travel Advisories, no exceptions will be granted for students to participate in a Spring 2021 program regardless of whether the hosting institution abroad is operating.

We understand that for some students this decision could be the second or third time their study away plans have been disrupted due to the pandemic.  We share in your disappointment. Our commitment to the academic vitality of our programs and the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff is unwavering and has been central to determining how to proceed throughout the pandemic.  We will work diligently to resume study away programs in future terms as soon as it is safe to do so.

The Rinker Center for Study Away and International Education will reach out to affected students to help them find an alternative program in a future term or another engaged learning option to support their academic and career goals.

Kind regards,

Ken Peterson, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Nancy Georgiev, Director for Study Away and International Education
Members of SASCAR Committee