12.22.21: Spring 2022 Update from LU Study Abroad

A message from the study abroad office to students studying abroad in the spring and their families.

Dear students and families, 

Lehigh’s International Travel Advisory Committee (ITAC) has been closely monitoring global developments related to the Omicron variant over the past weeks. At this time, we are continuing with all Spring 2022 semester abroad programming as planned.  Lehigh will continue to monitor conditions in host countries; approval for Spring 2022 study abroad may be revoked should conditions in host countries worsen.  Students should monitor their Lehigh email throughout the winter break for updates.

Lehigh’s announcement today regarding COVID booster requirement applies to all Spring 2022 study abroad participants.  Students should not rely on being able to obtain a booster shot while abroad.  For this reason, we strongly encourage all eligible travelers to secure a booster at least two weeks prior to departure. Students should contact their healthcare provider to determine their eligibility for booster shots. Students who have already received their booster should upload information to the Health and Wellness Center Patient Portal.

While Lehigh carefully reviews the locations and academics of our approved study abroad programs, the university cannot guarantee the safety of our students while they are abroad. Travel of any kind during the unpredictable circumstances of COVID-19 carries additional risks.  In addition to following Lehigh’s guidance, students and families must determine their own comfort level regarding international travel. You can find additional information about Lehigh’s guidance for travel during the global pandemic on our webpage: https://global.lehigh.edu/study-abroad/2021  

We encourage students and families to contact your study abroad program organization for program and location-specific questions.  In addition, Lehigh’s medical and security consultation partner, International SOS can provide real-time country and city-specific health information and medical consultation for travelling students.

The last two years have been difficult for everyone. We understand the uncertainty created by the constantly evolving situation can be frustrating and stressful.  While the University is closed December 23rd, 24th, and 31st, our staff will be available during normal business hours throughout winter break should you have any questions or wish to speak with a member of our team.

Wishing you a restful break. 

Regards, 

Katie

 

Katie Radande

Director, LU Study Abroad