Study Abroad Aimee Freiner

Missouri State University student Aimee Freiner studies in China as part of the Education Abroad Program. 

Much of the 2020-2021 school year was affected by the pandemic caused by the novel coronavirus; however, the desire to travel internationally remained high.

Elizabeth Strong, director of the Office of Education Abroad at Missouri State, said “As of May 2021, 21 students plan to study abroad in the fall of 2021 to countries including South Korea, England, Japan, France, Spain and Mexico.” 

In order to be approved for travel, the students’ requests were submitted to the Missouri State University Office of Education Abroad Emergency Response Team by July 1, 2021. 

Strong said MSU’s emergency response team “reviews all petitions and weighs each petitioner’s risk mitigation plan against other health and safety data for the student’s anticipated host country.”

Strong said students are not required to get vaccinated to travel through Missouri State University. However, some countries may require students to be vaccinated before entering. 

“Vaccinations are strongly encouraged,” Strong said. “Vaccinations not only bolster student safety; that preventative measure also protects our global citizens.”

As part of the petition, the “Education Abroad Emergency Response Team considers our world neighbors and the risk that our students might present to their future host communities” Strong said. 

Due to COVID-19 the Forum on Education Abroad and National Association of Foreign Student Advisers: Association of International Educators have created additional protocols people must take before traveling abroad. 

“Some of those additional measures include the expectations of each participant and education abroad office to conduct research on the intended program location, with particular emphasis on health, safety, and security concerns, as well as the current social, cultural, and political situations,” Strong said.

For students interested in traveling abroad, attend these two informative events on campus near the start of the semester.  

The Education Abroad Fair

Sept. 23 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the PSU Atrium. 

You CAN Afford to Study Abroad

Sept. 29 from 10:30 a.m. to noon in PSU 308. 

For more information regarding the events, visit the education abroad event calendar here.


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