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Study Away COVID-19 Updates

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Stanford’s highest priority is the health and safety of our students. As we consider study away programming and international travel, Stanford University and the Bing Overseas Studies Program continue to monitor public health and travel advisory guidance from local public health officials, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Department of State, and International SOS.

Factors in assessing health and safety risk include, but are not limited to: International SOS assessment, availability and reliability of testing, vaccination rates, potential for community spread, status of health infrastructure, entry restrictions, and feasibility of evacuation. Bing Overseas Studies Program viability decisions also take into consideration on-site resources and our ability to comply with local and Stanford COVID-19 health and safety protocols.

For more COVID-19 information and resources for the Stanford University community and Stanford travelers, please visit the Stanford Health Alerts website and the Stanford travelers website.

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This page was last updated on January 7, 2022.

Current Study Away Updates

Summer Quarter 2021-22 Study Away Updates

BOSP offers two quarter length programs during the Summer Quarter in addition to our Short-term Faculty-Led Programs. First round applications for all Summer Quarter programs are due January 23rd. For more application details, please visit our Apply page.

Spring Quarter 2021-22 Study Away Updates

BOSP is currently planning to operate all Spring Quarter programs according to our usual schedule. For application details and a list of all programs, please visit our Apply page.

COVID-19 and Study Away Considerations

In addition to Stanford’s guidance, travelers must be aware of COVID-related restrictions and policies from the Department of State and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


Following the guidance provided by the CDC and Stanford University's vaccine mandate, all BOSP participants are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 prior to travel. It is possible that some countries or airlines may require proof of vaccination prior to entry or prior to boarding an aircraft. Policies and requirements around vaccines remain in a state of flux. We will provide information about country-specific and Stanford requirements to students throughout the pre-departure orientation process. Depending on destination, additional vaccinations may be required.


Students will be instructed to NOT book flights until receiving final confirmation from BOSP to do so. BOSP will not reimburse students for any costs associated with tickets purchased prior to our final confirmation and will not reimburse students for ticket changes due to Covid-related delays or cancellations.


BOSP will maintain testing requirements based on Stanford University health and safety protocols and local guidance. Students should expect pre-arrival and upon-arrival testing, in addition to regular surveillance testing. 

Program Enrollment Capacities

Our program enrollment capacities may be lower than usual, in some cases decreased by 50% or more. This will facilitate compliance with Stanford and/or local COVID-19 requirements around student housing, classroom and center facility density constraints, and other program requirements.

Quarantine or Isolation Potential

Information will be provided to students about mandatory quarantine expectations and guidance during the pre-departure process. Should a student need to quarantine or isolate during a program, either due to a positive COVID-19 test or exposure, on-site staff will provide support and resources to ensure the student has appropriate housing, access to meals, assistance with health or other personal needs, and support to continue making academic progress.

Onsite Experience

In addition to the BOSP Participation Agreement, BOSP will be issuing program-specific ground rules and community expectations in order to mitigate risks to students and the broader community health and safety. The BOSP COVID-19 Community Expectations Agreement may include requirements for masking,physical distancing, handwashing, and other hygiene expectations. Students and their emergency contacts will be expected to sign this Agreement and adhere to its guidelines at all times. It is important to note that the social experience in BOSP programs will be more restrictive than in prior quarters. BOSP is planning for program activities and excursions, but these will be more limited than usual due to travel constraints and physical distancing measures. Furthermore, students’ personal travel may be limited and students may not be permitted to travel internationally from the program host country. Students should expect that their behavior and activities will be subject to restrictions and could be significantly impacted. Students who are unwilling to accept these restrictions should consider studying away at another time. Students violating these expectations will be dismissed from the program.

Program Housing

Depending on the opportunities and constraints at each program location, the housing structure may be different from previous years. There may be limits on bedroom occupancy and changes to or suspension of host family programming in some locations; and some locations may temporarily incorporate new housing models.

Academic Contingency Planning

BOSP cannot guarantee that all our programs will be able to run. We strongly encourage each student to have a back-up plan that does not depend on enrollment in BOSP courses. Students should work closely with their Academic Advisors to create a plan that meets academic needs and degree progress goals. Flexibility will be essential as we continue to navigate the ever changing landscape of COVID-19.

After programs begin, should in-person instruction be suspended due to COVID-19, students would continue instruction in an online, remote environment. Every attempt will be made to facilitate opportunities for students to successfully complete their academic coursework remotely.

Pre-Departure Orientation and Preparation

For the foreseeable future, some or all of our pre-departure processes and meetings will take place virtually. Students can expect a combination of online questionnaires, learning modules, and live Zoom sessions. All sessions and activities are required and failure to attend or complete participation requirements will result in a student’s removal from the program. As we continue to stay abreast of the changing COVID landscape, and as we continue to work with campus partners and onsite staff, it is likely that additional preparatory measures may be required. Students are expected to closely monitor their Stanford email accounts for further developments and to adhere to all requirements and deadlines.