CISABROAD BLOG · August 12, 2020 · 3 Min Read
A Letter to the IE Community from Education Abroad Organizations

Dear Colleagues,

We hope that you all are keeping well and are finding clarity as you build plans on your campus for the upcoming fall semester. We know that every aspect of higher education has been affected by the ongoing pandemic, and the International Education field has seen a wide array of special challenges over the last 5 months, from returning U.S. students safely home in the spring, to uncertainty of border and visa restrictions this fall for both incoming and outgoing international students. As international education organizations, we are adapting to these changes and innovating solutions to support you and your students.

While the nature of instruction and student interaction may have shifted for the time being, our commitment to you remains our top priority. We are driven and focused on collaborating, sharing information, and engaging in meaningful discussions about what international education will look like moving forward.

Together, international education organizations are uniting to discuss best practices, policies, and procedures in health, safety, and responsible program operations. We are evaluating information from The Forum on Education Abroad, NAFSA, foreign Ministries of Health, OSAC, the CDC, US Department of State, and others to ensure that we fully understand the intricacies of the data and recommendations from these experts, and can contextualize them locally, regionally, and country-wide as we look to the future of on-site programming.

Together, we all want the best for your students and will continue to work with each of our partners abroad to negotiate more flexible policies that benefit your students’ academic, professional, and personal goals.

Together, we have gone through these difficult months with you. We are here to help you as you face these same questions and navigate these new challenges. We encourage you to engage with your approved partners about ways in which they can support your office and your students to further the mission of global education.

Together, we look forward to continuing to work with you on the new virtual study abroad fair software being designed, scheduling calls to discuss reopening plans, and encouraging students to apply for a new or renewed passport as soon as possible due to processing delays at passport agencies.

We miss all of you dearly and look forward to the day when we can again visit your campus, speak with your students, and help them find their place and purpose abroad that will change their lives forever.

Best Wishes,

API – Academic Programs International
Academic Solutions
ASA – Academic Studies Abroad
Barcelona Study Abroad Experience
CAPA: The Global Education Network
CET Academic Programs
CIS Abroad
FIE: Foundation for International Education
Global Experiences
ISA by WorldStrides
KEI – Knowledge Exchange Institute
Spanish Studies Abroad
The Education Abroad Network by WorldStrides
The School for Field Studies

Learn more about how CIS Abroad is responding and innovating during this pandemic on our COVID-19 Updates Page.

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