Where Can You Study Abroad in 2021-2022?

Where Can You Study Abroad in 2021-2022?
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By Jessica Bryant

Published on July 28, 2021

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As the fall approaches and the pandemic's impacts significantly lessen, you may be thinking about traveling abroad soon. Though at least 75 countries are currently open to U.S. travelers, many study abroad programs remain closed or uncertain for the upcoming semesters.

But study abroad opportunities are still out there. For students hoping to experience the once in a lifetime chance of studying abroad this fall or next spring, programs in countries all over the world are open and accepting applications.

For students hoping to experience the once in a lifetime chance of studying abroad this fall or next spring, programs in countries all over the world are open and accepting applications.

Many of these countries still have restrictions in place to keep their citizens and outside travelers safe. But travel is still welcome and even encouraged in some countries that are hoping to bring back a sense of normalcy.

Below is a guide to some of the locations accepting U.S. travelers. Countries are listed in order of the most popular destinations for Americans studying abroad during the 2018-19 academic year.

Note: China, Japan, and Australia are also among the most popular destinations for study abroad, but did not make this list due to current travel bans. Study abroad programs in these countries are suspended for the time being.

The United Kingdom

Leisure travel to the U.K. is open and available to U.S. citizens. However, officials currently advise against it, and there are restrictions in place should you choose one of its cities as your destination.

Restrictions will also differ depending on whether you intend to visit England, Scotland, Wales, or Northern Ireland, so be sure to determine exactly where it is you want to go as you weigh the pros and cons of traveling during this time.

Programs:

Italy

Though there are testing and quarantine requirements in place, U.S. students hoping to visit Italy are welcome. As of June 2021, U.S. travelers with a "Green Pass" — a COVID document that complies with Italian and EU regulations — are able to enter Italy without having to quarantine upon arrival.

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Spain

Spain is open to U.S. travelers without proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test. Health screening processes may be in place at airports, and travelers must interact with an online health portal. As of June 2021, the country still mandates that face masks be worn in enclosed public spaces, gatherings be limited, and interactions be distanced when possible.

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France

Fully vaccinated U.S. citizens will be granted entry to France with proof of vaccination and a sworn statement that they've presented no COVID-19 symptoms. Masks are still required in enclosed public spaces.

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Germany

Restrictions for U.S. citizens traveling to Germany were lifted as of late June 2021. However, travelers must present proof of vaccination, a negative COVID-19 test result, or proof of recovery to enter the country.

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Ireland

Travel to Ireland is currently open, though highly discouraged. Fully vaccinated U.S. citizens can travel to Ireland without any additional testing or quarantine requirements.

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Costa Rica

Costa Rica, often favored among travelers for its rainforests, beaches, and wildlife, is open to U.S. citizens without testing or quarantine requirements. Still, visiting the country includes other entry requirements that potential travelers should familiarize themselves with beforehand.

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Mexico

Entry to Mexico is open and available to all U.S. citizens without testing or quarantine requirements. However, U.S. travelers entering by land through the border may be subject to health screenings.

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Greece

Greece is open to U.S. travelers without quarantine restrictions or testing for the fully vaccinated upon entry. Still, mask mandates are in place for enclosed public areas and there are restrictions against large gatherings.

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Czech Republic

The Czech Republic is open to U.S. citizens with testing and health screening requirements. Mask mandates are still in effect in all enclosed public spaces.

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South Africa

U.S. citizens are welcome to travel to South Africa in compliance with testing requirements. If unable to present negative test results, you will be required to quarantine. Travelers will also encounter health screenings upon arrival, curfews, and a mask requirement in public spaces.

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