When planning for study abroad in the Spring 2022, you should keep in mind that many countries and programs are still limiting travel outside of the primary host country. Borders can close and new re-entry requirements can be updated quickly, and you don't want to get stuck in a country where you don't have any local support.
Changing COVID Restrictions
As we have all seen, COVID related recommendations and restrictions can change quickly. If you go abroad in the Spring 2022, you should be prepared to experience such changes, such as new lockdown requirements, moving to virtual coursework, limitations to programming, etc. As you are researching program options and locations, it may also be helpful to learn more about how that country managed COVID related restrictions in the past, to help inform what you might encounter if such measures return.
U.S. Department of State Travel Advisories
Students are not permitted to study abroad on Villanova coordinated programs in locations that are rated Level 4: Do Not Travel by the U.S. Department of State.
Study in countries rated Level 3 or Level 4 locations will be limited to approved program partners. You should review all travel related guidance provided by the U.S. Department of State about your planned country of study prior to selecting a program or location.
The U.S. Passport Agency is experiencing a back log of applications with processing times of 3-4 months. Please check your Passport expiration date. Your Passport should be valid through at least December 2022. If you need to apply for a new Passport, please do so as soon as possible to avoid any delays. Some countries will require that you apply for a student visa prior to travel, and all student visas will need valid Passports to complete that process.
COVID-19 Vaccines and recommended boosters (as applicable) are required for all travelers. Proof of vaccine status must be logged with the University Student Health Center prior to travel.