Decision to Suspend Summer Programs Abroad

Dear Clarkson Community: 

While the University continues to monitor local, state, federal, and worldwide health and safety information, a review committee recently met to discuss student participation in summer programs abroad. It has been determined that the University will suspend existing Summer 2020 programs abroad (academic, 3rd party, and exchange). It is with great regret that these opportunities are suspended until further notice; however, with the current domestic and global situation, it is in the best interest and safety of everyone to wait to make the necessary investments when things become more certain. Students and trip leaders who previously registered for a summer abroad program have already been notified. A special note for students participating in the UNIV399 classes developed by the Reh School of Business: Your classes have been redesigned to allow you to complete your international experience graduation requirement even though the trip portion of that class is no longer taking place.

We also realize this decision may create questions. Different program types will generate unique questions given the associated requirements. Therefore, we encourage you to reach out directly to any of the contacts below. Program leaders have also followed up with student participants directly as well. 

Information will be updated online in the coming week on the COVID section of the Clarkson Website, as well as in programmatic materials. For students participating in fall programs, no determination has been made at this time. The University will continue to monitor the global health situation and notify fall registrants directly at the end of the spring semester. 

Global experiences are among the most impactful student opportunities. These decisions are not made without substantial review. Please don’t hesitate to reach out with questions or concerns.  

The International Center

Jeffrey D. Taylor
Associate Vice President for Student Affairs & Global Initiatives

Box 5651
8 Clarkson Avenue
Potsdam, NY 13699
315-212-9848 (cell phone)

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