The Office of International Programs has spent the past several weeks assessing changes within education abroad due to the worldwide pandemic. Unprecedented challenges are now present in every aspect of global learning. World governments have implemented travel bans and advisories, airlines have drastically adjusted flight schedules, and governments have temporarily suspended many embassy and consulate services. There continue to be many unknowns about the rebound of global healthcare systems, as well as testing and quarantine procedures. There are also significant challenges for our exemplary provider partners, as they work to mitigate and adjust programs, housing, health/safety procedures and excursions. All of these pose severe challenges to how study abroad functions.
It is for many reasons, including these, that College administration has made the extremely difficult decision to suspend all study abroad programming for the 2020-2021 academic year. There will be no provider, faculty-led or Orvieto programs sponsored or approved by the College for Fall 2020 or Spring 2021. We are hopeful that global dynamics of the pandemic begin to ease over the course of the academic year. With that hope in mind, we will continue to plan for faculty-led programs to run in May and summer 2021. Students interested in summer provider programs and international internships will be supported by our office.
For the Orvieto Programs, we hope to offer students the opportunity to participate in the 2021 Summer Excavation Season. We are also exploring ways to facilitate greater student participation in the Orvieto program for the 21/22 academic year. Both of these will be contingent upon the Covid-19 pandemic. For more information about the Orvieto Programs please contact the director, Prof. Linda Rulman or visit www.anselm.edu/orvieto/welcome.
During challenging times, strategic planning is essential. To that end, we are evaluating our entire program portfolio to eliminate redundancies, increase access and inclusion, better align with the College’s core mission, provide more robust learning outcomes as well as to include new opportunities for growth and development in global digital competencies. We are excited to bring these opportunities to Saint Anselm students and guide them to their global experiences. Please contact the director, Jane Bjerklie-Barry, with questions.
Due to the ongoing challenges for international travel due to the Coronavirus, many adjustments have been made within the realm of international education. Please see the Study Abroad webpages for updates and information regarding virtual global opportunities and offerings.
Update Regarding the Coronavirus (03/20/2020):
When Saint Anselm made the decision to close campus until April 3rd, we immediately went into action with other stakeholder offices to support our international student population. Read the update and learn more about college’s response to the coronavirus outbreak »
Take Your Anselmian Experience Global
Former US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan declared, “In the 21st century, a quality education is an international education.” Saint Anselm College is committed to students broadening their education and exploring their worldview through studying, interning, and volunteering abroad. Students who engage in global education experiences typically demonstrate greater intercultural awareness, a stronger understanding of complex global issues, and an increased sense of self and maturity. Importantly, critical skills employers seek out and find in successful job applicants include those found in higher levels of individuals who take part in global programs: communication, problem-solving/critical thinking, digital competencies and global fluency -- attributes listed in the top 8 competencies most desired by employers as determined by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) identifies
Saint Anselm College's Office of International Programs provides information and advising to students in pursuit of global programs including short-term faculty-led educational experiences, virtual global, and traditional in-country options. Offering more than 65 programs for academics, service-learning, volunteering and internships -- we have a program that will meet your needs (and dreams!). Students have studied marine biology on the Great Barrier Reef, art history in the museums of Florence, finance in London, language in Madrid, and international relations in Shanghai, China, just to name a few.
Through our Orvieto, Italy Programs students spend the spring semester abroad with fellow Anselmians exploring topics (taught in English) ranging from classics, history, art and architecture, to Italian culture, politics, and theology.
Any credit-bearing study abroad program must be pre-approved by our office. [Note: Orvieto program directors approve students for that particular program.] If you are planning to study abroad or are interested in what opportunities are available, please schedule an appointment with the Director for Study Abroad located in the Jean Student Center, lower level.