Academic Initiatives Abroad

AIA tailors global learning into unique programs
of local engagement and academic distinction.

Study Abroad - Now, More Than Ever

The COVID-19 pandemic has shown just how interconnected our world is, and in this moment of pause and isolation, it is vital that we sustain the deep values and rewards of study abroad as a truly immersive experience of constructive, human engagement. Let’s work together to advance these values as we relaunch global education.

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Study Abroad - Now, More Than Ever

The COVID-19 pandemic has shown just how interconnected our world is, and in this moment of pause and isolation, it is vital that we sustain the deep values and rewards of study abroad as a truly immersive experience of constructive, human engagement. Let’s work together to advance these values as we relaunch global education.

Read More here.

Study Abroad - Now, More Than Ever

The COVID-19 pandemic has shown just how interconnected our world is, and in this moment of pause and isolation, it is vital that we sustain the deep values and rewards of study abroad as a truly immersive experience of constructive, human engagement. Let’s work together to advance these values as we relaunch global education.

Read More here.

Study Abroad - Now, More Than Ever

The COVID-19 pandemic has shown just how interconnected our world is, and in this moment of pause and isolation, it is vital that we sustain the deep values and rewards of study abroad as a truly immersive experience of constructive, human engagement. Let’s work together to advance these values as we relaunch global education.

Read More here.

Students Return to Italy

Study abroad began to return to Italy during the early months of 2021. Currently, students and faculty participating in study programs in Italy can travel here from the U.S. and they may enter Italy on special “COVID-free flights” without quarantining. On May 3rd the EU announced plans to allow vaccinated travellers from the US into the bloc during the summer of 2021, which will further facilitate student travel, and Italian consulates in the US are again accepting study visa applications. The U.S. study abroad community has worked together to establish health and safety protocols and to work with the national and regional governements, public health facilities and the broad support sector to protect the health and well being of our program participants. AIA is proud to be part of that community.

Italy’s Recovery

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic Italy has remain vigilant in its response to protect public health. COVID infections peaked in November of 2020 and, as of May 1, 2021, cases were down by almost 50% and falling steadily.

Italy’s vaccination campaign is progressing smoothly and accelerating. The country is using Pfizer, Moderna, Astra Zeneca and Johnson & Johnson vaccine, and as of the end of April the country is vaccinating over 7% of its adult population each week. Before the end of May one-half of all adults in Italy will have had at least one shot. The education sector, including American study abroad personnel, was vaccinated in March. See the government vaccination dashboard for details.

Italy maintains clear mask and social distancing policies, and while the country has periodically instituted lockdowns to slow COVID transmission, currently, restaurants, museums and many other cultural venues are open with some restrictions on capacity or operating hours. Travel is permitted between most Italian regions and between Italy and most EU countries.