Study Abroad Returns in 2021!

Study abroad is back starting winter quarter! Students are able to explore study and internships abroad in Thailand and Vietnam starting in 2021. Virtual/remote program offerings will also continue to be available. 

The U.S. Department of State has removed their ‘Global Health Level 4 Do Not Travel Advisory’ and continue to provide a list of countries it considers relatively safe from COVID-19 and other elements. The EdAbroad office has received permission from the University to allow students to study in State Department Level 1 (Exercise Normal Precautions) and Level 2 (Exercise Increased Caution) countries. Study abroad in Level 3 (Reconsider Travel) and Level 4 (Do Not Travel) countries is still not allowed. See U.S. Department of State Travel Advisories for more info.

Of the list of State Department Level 1 and 2 countries, EdAbroad has partners in Thailand and Vietnam. While we have partners in some of the other Level 1 and 2 countries, those countries are not letting travelers from the U.S. enter.

While the programs our partners are offering in both countries are cost-effective and have courses in English, ample support to students, warm weather, and delicious food, you’ll need to keep in mind that you would be studying abroad during a pandemic. While the State Department indicates that these countries are managing the pandemic well, there may be times where the government of your host country calls for isolation to protect their communities. It’s also possible you could contract COVID-19 while abroad and while it’s possible that you could contract COVID-19 in the U.S., you’d have to consider what it would be like to manage that illness away from home. Students who decide to study abroad this winter term will need to be resilient, mature, calm, adaptable, and independent and have healthy coping mechanisms when circumstances become stressful.

Thailand:

Thailand is open for US students, and obtaining a visa is possible as consulates are open and processing by mail. They will have a government mandated quarantine prior to beginning classes and programs can assist with support (lodging/food, virtual activities). 

USAC Chiang Mai - Winter/Spring Semester 2021 - Chiang Mai University

  • January 6 - May 1
  • 18 - 27 quarter credits
  • English courses in Philosophy, Sustainability, Psychology, Political Science, Sociology, & International Business
  • Deadline: Nov 1, 2020 (late applications may be possible)

ISA Bangkok - Spring Quarter 2021 - Mahidol University

  • Mid April - Late June 2021
  • 18 quarter credits
  • English courses in Business, Communications, Arts, English/Literature, Psychology, Sociology, Political Science, History, Computer Engineering, Information Systems, Foreign Languages, Physical Education, Math, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Environmental Science, Food Science & Physics
  • Deadline: Jan 1, 2021

Wildlands Studies - Spring Quarter 2021 - Marine Ecosystems  

  • March 25 - May 8  
  • 15 quarter credits ESCI 437 
  • Deadline: Feb 1, 2021

The Intern Group - Bangkok - Spring/Summer 2021 Custom Internship Placement  

  • Flexible start dates beginning in May
  • Students need to work with WWU Faculty Advisor for credit 
  • Deadline: Rolling

Vietnam:

Vietnam is open for US students, and obtaining a visa is possible. All travelers are subject to a 14-day quarantine and must fill out a quarantine form prior to arrival.

 ISA Ho Chi Minh City - Winter/Spring Semester 2021RMIT University

  • Early February - Late May 2021
  • 18 quarter credits
  • English courses in Business, Communications, Computer Science, IT, Design, Engineering & more
  • Deadline: Nov 1, 2021

SIT Vietnam - Winter/Spring Semester 2021 Culture, Social Change & Development

  • February 6 - May 18
  • 24 quarter credits
  • English courses in Sociology, Economics, Vietnamese, Field Methods & Ethics, Internship, Independent Study
  • Deadline: Nov 1, 2021

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