IU plans to restart study abroad programs for the fall 2021 semester, vice president for International Affairs at IU Hannah Buxbaum said Thursday at the Board of Trustees meeting. She said there has been a halt in international study during the last school year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but the Office of International Affairs hopes to change this for the upcoming fall semester.
During the pandemic, the Office of International Affairs has been continuing to advance communications with other universities around the world so IU will be ready to provide many opportunities to students next school year, she said.
Before the pandemic, IU was ranked 5th for study abroad programs for the 2018-19 school year by the Open Doors Report on International Education Exchange, its highest ranking in history. Buxbaum said she hopes that IU can continue this success during the next school year. The Office of International Affairs is looking at what other countries are requiring for travel and if students will need the COVID-19 vaccine, she said.
Baxbaum said she hopes there will also be more opportunities for international students who want to come study at IU. She said she credits the Biden administration for being more open to providing immigration opportunities for international students and thinks it will be easier for international students to receive student visas.
She said IU also plans to provide more financial support for students who want to study abroad and for international students, particularly for students who are a part of marginalized groups.
IU President Michael McRobbie said he has appreciated the work the Office of International Affairs has been doing during the pandemic and looks forward to seeing their success continue during the 2021-22 school year.