On Monday the University of Redlands announced that all study away programs for the spring 2021 academic semester have been cancelled.
In an email sent to prospective College of Arts and Sciences study abroad students, the decision was determined on the basis of uncertainty regarding program start and end dates, students’ questionable abilities to enter countries, varying quarantine guidelines, and the CDC’s level 3 travel restriction on most countries.
Students have the option to petition against the decision and contend an exception be made for their program. Additionally, students can defer their study abroad term to fall 2021 or spring 2022. Arrangements to petition or defer must be made by this Friday, Oct. 9.
The decision to cancel all study away programs for spring 2021 comes after months of ambiguity about whether undergraduates would be permitted to go abroad, with many hoping the pandemic would be under control by then.
The cancellation follows a nearly six-month long arc of the University upending its study abroad plans beginning with the decision requiring Redlands international students to return to their home countries in March.