""We are planning for a variety of realities for the fall," said Lorna Stern, vice president at Arcadia University, in Pennsylvania, and executive director of its College of Global Studies, which operates study abroad programs that enroll students from a variety of colleges.
"One is that with modifications around student safety and well-being and the well-being of our staff and faculty, we are planning that we will be able to deliver on-site programming, but we're also thinking about if we can't do that fully what else might we do. I fully suspect that the kinds of pivots that we've done this summer and the kinds of curriculum and programs that we've developed for the summer we'll try to develop for the fall."
For example, Arcadia is offering a new Virtual Europe program this summer in which students can enroll in online courses taught by faculty in London, Dublin, Edinburgh, Barcelona, Granada, Athens or Rome at the cost of $1,500 per course and, for an additional $1,950 fee, participate in virtual internships with employers in Athens, London or Rome."
What are your biggest fears when it comes to handling study abroad on your campus currently and in a post-COVID world? Is it all about escaping the budget ax? Is it justifying the program? Is it recruiting students when they and their parents may be more fearful than in the past?