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Coronavirus Information and Updates

Study Abroad Update
February 1, 2021

To the New Paltz Community,

SUNY Central Administration in Albany has announced the cancellation of all university-sponsored international travel, including study abroad and other student activities, for the summer 2021 term.

This is a continuation of the current suspension enacted in March 2020, driven by our ongoing concern for the health and safety of students, faculty and staff and our commitment to keeping the SUNY community safe.

We know that Global Challenges require Global Leaders and, with the goal of promoting global learning for all, I invite you to participate in the Virtual Study Abroad Fair on Feb. 24. The Fair will highlight travel opportunities for the fall 2021 semester and 2021-22 academic year, as well as virtual options that will be available this summer.

Our staff will be available to help students explore resources that support their future travel plans including financial aid, international internships and service-learning opportunities. Study Abroad Advisors Collado and Bianca Sylvain can also be reached through our Virtual Advising Office. Study abroad application deadlines can be found on the Academic Calendar.

Students who are interested in learning more about current international opportunities can use this SUNY database of virtual programs across the system, with options suitable for every major and in almost every country.

Additionally, SUNY’s Collaborative Online International Learning(COIL) Center, which developed the highly  successful Global Commons project last summer, is preparing an encore that New Paltz and other SUNY campuses will launch soon.

The Center for International Programs will continue to monitor and assess all future study abroad opportunities. We applaud the New Paltz faculty for their innovation in global learning and we look forward to international student mobility in the future.

 

Best regards,

Beth Mugler Vargas
Executive Director, Center for International Programs


 

Study Abroad Update
Fall 2020

To the New Paltz Community,

SUNY Provost & Senior Vice Chancellor Tod A. Laursen recently announced the cancellation of all university sponsored international travel, including study abroad and other student activities, for the winter and spring 2021 terms.

This is a continuation of the current suspension enacted in March 2020, and is driven by our ongoing concern for the health and safety of students, faculty and staff and our commitment to keeping the SUNY community safe.

The Study Abroad staff continues to encourage New Paltz students to explore virtual options for the spring 2021 semester. Options include internships, service learning and virtual coursework offered by many of our international partners.

Plans are currently being made for students to earn business credits for coursework and internships in Milan, Italy; contribute to a local community center in Guatemala through a Service Learning program; and begin a hybrid program in Seville, Spain, that will start online and hopefully conclude with a summer capstone study tour of Andalusia.

The SUNY Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) program leads efforts within the system to integrate global learning into the curriculum and developed the highly successful Global Commons project last summer. Generous donors to New Paltz Study Abroad scholarships are contributing to the success of these efforts.

In addition to these opportunities, most students will also have the option to defer their study abroad applications to fall 2021.

The Center for International Programs will continue to monitor and assess all future study abroad opportunities and we look forward to innovation in global learning and an eventual return to international student mobility.

Best regards,

Beth

Beth Mugler Vargas
Executive Director, Center for International Programs

Study Abroad Advisors Catherine Collado and Bianca Sylvain can be reached through our Study Abroad Virtual Advising Office.

 


 

March 19, 2020

The following message has been sent to all SUNY New Paltz students studying abroad:

Dear Students,

I’m writing to you with an update about study abroad which is very serious.  Please read this very carefully.

The US Department of State will soon be announcing a Level 4 Travel Advisory applying to international travel for US citizens.  A Level 4 Travel Advisory is “do not travel”, the highest and most severe level.

Essentially, US citizens abroad are being advised to return to the US as soon as possible or face the prospect of being stuck abroad for an indefinite period of time under local shelter in place orders.

We are still waiting the official announcement from the Dept of State, but it is imminent.  Hence, this email to you.

Please pay attention to further emails from us and information coming forth from the Dept of State and Embassy in your study abroad country.

This is very serious, so let us know if you have a change in plans ASAP.  Be sure to update both forms.  Thanks.

Take care,
Christian Wilwohl
Director, Center for International Programs


 

March 11, 2020

The following message has been sent to all SUNY New Paltz students studying abroad.

Click here to view the message.


 

March 4, 2020

The Center for International Programs at SUNY New Paltz takes study abroad student health and safety very seriously.

We have been monitoring the coronavirus very carefully in conjunction with SUNY New Paltz Administration, our overseas partners, and SUNY System Administration. When advising students on educational travel, SUNY New Paltz is informed by the recommendations of the U.S. Department of State, the NYS Department of Health, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Effective immediately, the College has cancelled all campus-sponsored and official campus international travel for faculty, staff and students to CDC Level 2 or higher level countries or areas (as of today, Italy, South Korea, Iran, Japan and China).  We will be working closely with affected individuals to mitigate financial impacts. Anyone, employee or student, anticipating travel to CDC Level 2 or 3 countries (see above list) over spring break or during the spring 2020 semester, is strongly discouraged from doing so. As new countries or areas of the United States are added to CDC level 2 and 3 classifications, the same College-mandated travel restrictions will apply. Anyone who does travel to such areas will be required to notify their local health department, self-quarantine for 14 days and will not be permitted to come to campus for two weeks upon their return. 

Summer 2020 and Fall 2020 programs

  • For those considering summer and fall study abroad programs, the Center for International Programs will continue to monitor this dynamic and evolving situation through the Centers for Disease Control guidance, and we will post updates here as we know more. In the meantime, we will continue to accept applications. If you have questions or concerns, please contact Christian Wilwohl, Study Abroad Director (845-257-3125) / wilwohlc@newpaltz.edu

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