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COVID-19 Update

JULY 10, 2020 – Due to the current COVID-19 situation, the current U.S. Department of State Level 4 Do Not Travel Warning, and the CDC Level 3 Warning to Avoid Nonessential Travel, we are taking proactive measures and appropriate precautions to ensure the health and safety of all our students, faculty, and staff. Based on these guidelines, USM’s Office of Study Abroad has made the decision to cancel all study abroad programs through December 31, 2020. 

Students currently registered will receive more information about options for program deposits, including refunds or transfers. If you have any questions or concerns, please email studyabroad@usm.edu.

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JULY 6, 2020 – The University of Southern Mississippi’s faculty-led study abroad programs are suspended through December 31, 2020. This is due to continued concern over COVID-19 causing uncertainty surrounding travel, possible quarantines, and extended wait times for passport processing. 
 
Fall faculty-led program directors and staff from the Office of Study Abroad will be in touch with all students registered for these programs. Students currently registered will receive more information about options for program deposits, including refund or transfer. If you have any questions or concerns, please email studyabroad@usm.edu.

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MAY 5, 2020 – The University of Southern Mississippi’s study abroad programs are suspended through August 31, 2020. This is due to continued concern over COVID-19 causing uncertainty surrounding travel, possible quarantines, and extended wait times for passport processing. 
 
August intersession program directors and staff from the Office of Study Abroad will be in touch with all students registered for August programs. Students currently registered for August programs will receive more information about options for program deposits, including refund or transfer. If you have any questions or concerns, please email studyabroad@usm.edu.

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MARCH 16, 2020 - The University of Southern Mississippi’s study abroad programs are being suspended through June 30, 2020. Due to the heightened concern over COVID-19, the CDC has implemented a worldwide Alert - Level 2, Global COVID-19 Outbreak Notice.

Summer program directors and staff from the Office of Study Abroad will be in touch with all students registered for summer programs.  More information will be provided about specific programs and possibilities as we move forward. Students currently registered for summer programs will be receiving more information about options for program deposits, including refund or transfer. If you have any questions or concerns, please email studyabroad@usm.edu.

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MARCH 10, 2020 - The Office of Study Abroad would like to make you aware of the updated guidelines regarding international travel from USM’s Office of the Provost. All University-sponsored international travel has been suspended through April 30, 2020, at which time travel guidelines will be reevaluated. 
 
The Office of Study Abroad is moving forward with planning for all summer programs that do not have a CDC Alert Level 2 or higher, or a U.S. State Department Travel Advisory Level 3 or higher. Currently, those countries, where travel has been banned, include China, Iran, Italy, Japan, and South Korea. We will continue to monitor the situation and will be sending out more information if there are changes.
 
If the program you are participating on allows for individual flights, please delay purchasing any flights until the situation has been reevaluated on April 30. We encourage you to take advantage of the group flight if one is offered on your program.
 
Please let us know if you have any questions by emailing studyabroad@usm.edu or call 601.266.4344.