“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.
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.
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.
“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.