“Why I Want To Study Abroad”
Share these student voices with your Study Abroad stakeholders.
Relaunching Global Education
The COVID-19 pandemic has given our world a common cause even as it has isolated us from one another. We must relaunch global education both to meet the challenges of our increasingly interdependent world and our human need for direct personal and cultural interaction.
So as we innovate and relaunch international education, it is vital that we sustain the deep values and rewards of our field – study abroad as a truly immersive experience of constructive, direct engagement with others.
Now, more than ever, global education must focus on authenticity, academic quality, diversity and equity for students who are ready both to re-engage the world around them and to address its fundamental challenges.
- How can we promote greater diversity and equity in global education?
- How can Health, Business, Public Policy, STEM and other majors address the pressing social challenges that their home communities share with other cultures?
- What new Service Learning challenges and opportunities are emerging from this crisis?
- How can we lower risk, and ensure the well-being of students and their host communities?
- How do we engage parents and other non-participant stakeholders in a time of increased uncertainty and caution about travel?
- How can we harness the power of remote learning to enhance global education without diminishing the relevance of direct, on-site engagement?
- How can experienced on-site academic support supplement or substitute traditional faculty-led programs?
Support on the Ground
Now, more than ever, secure study abroad programs need the support of a reliable on-site provider. AIA is helping its partners to create and offer valuable and viable programs that fit the evolving needs and expectations of their various study abroad stakeholders. From program redesign and marketing to on-site and remote content delivery, AIA is helping its clients ensure their students’ experience and well being as we relaunch global education together. We welcome your input and questions as we build these new opportunities.
AIA maintains a study center in Rome, Italy and can facilitate programs across Europe.
Italy, an early focus of attention in the COVID-19 crisis, was one of the first Western countries to respond with nationwide public safety measures. As a result, infection rates in Italy steadily and significantly declined between April and August, and on May 4th Italy began to carefully reopen its economy and society. With proper precautions and regulations, the country reopened museums, cultural sites and restaurants, and in June travel resumed between most Italian regions and across European borders, and European students returned to study in Italy. With the sharp increase in COVID cases in Europe’s second wave in the fall of 2020, Italy remained vigilant about mandatory mask wearing and social distancing and enacted a new, but less restrictive curfew and public assembly policy than that imposed in the spring. After a sharp rise in the fall, since mid-November total number of COVID cases and hospitalizations have been steadily dropping, and vaccinations began in December 2020, and university faculty and personnel began receiving vaccinations in late February. Since December, direct flights have returned between the U.S. and Italy, and travelers from the U.S. may enter Italy on special “COVID-free flights” without quarantining, if they test negative for COVID prior to departure and again upon arrival in Italy.
“Italy was the first Western country to be heavily affected by COVID-19. The government and community, across all levels, reacted strongly and turned around the trajectory of the epidemic with a series of science-based measures.” – WHO on Italy’s COVID-19 experience, with video.