Frequently Asked Questions

Study Abroad FAQ: Summer and Fall 2021

Throughout the study abroad and academic planning process, our primary guiding principle has been the health of the Simmons community, as well as following state, city, and public health guidance. We are leading with care when it comes to students, faculty, staff, and all those who interact with our community.

Given these considerations, Simmons has made the difficult decision to cancel all international travel associated with credit-bearing study abroad for this upcoming summer and fall semesters.

Please find below answers to Frequently Asked Questions(FAQ's) regarding this update

Will study abroad take place this summer or fall ( May 2021- January 2022)?

No, there will be no University related travel or in-person study abroad taking place during this time.

Will study abroad take place in Spring and Summer of 2022?

We are hopeful that Study Abroad in Spring and summer of 2022 will be possible and are planning for that possibility. Students are encouraged to do the same: move forward cautiously with your planning, be aware of program fees, deadlines, and cancellations policies, and do not commit to non-refundable fees. Simmons University will not be able to refund any airfare purchased or deposits made by students to their study abroad programs.

Please note that you are still able to participate in virtual programming. We are currently working on additional virtual global education opportunities and will share them with you shortly.

Are Faculty-led Travel Courses canceled as well?

We are hopeful that travel after January 2022 will be possible and are planning for that possibility. The ultimate decision on Faculty-Led Travel courses will be made in September of this year.

How and when will you make decisions about future Study Abroad?

A decision will be made by the University in the Fall semester based on a variety of factors including the U.S Department of State and CDC guidelines, passport/visa processing, international travel availability/restrictions and host programs/partner restrictions.

I was approved to study abroad in Fall 2020, and now I want to study abroad in 2022? What do I need to do?

If you were approved to study abroad in Fall 2020, we will defer your application to the following year. However please note, that you must be in good standing with the University at the time of departure.

Please be sure to confirm with your major advisor that being abroad in the Spring or Summer of 2022 l will not adversely impact your ability to complete your studies.

I received a Study Abroad Scholarship from the Center for Global Education(CGE) - will I now lose it?

If you have received a Study Abroad scholarship from CGE, you will be able to keep the scholarship and utilize it for another credit-bearing ,in-person study abroad opportunity here at Simmons. In addition, in the future, you will be eligible to apply for additional scholarship funding as needed.

I still really want to study abroad this summer! My program of interest is running/ I have made alternative arrangements. What is the appeal process?

This decision was made with the health and safety of Simmons students as the top priority. There is no appeal process, and no exceptions will be made. If you chose to engage in educational travel outside of Simmons, please note that you will not be able to transfer any of the completed credits to the University.

We are currently exploring options for continuing global engagement remotely. We will be in contact shortly with additional engagement opportunities.

Who do I contact if I have questions?

Please contact the Center for Global Education at [email protected] with any questions or concerns.