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Study abroad for summer 2021 and future terms

On January 22, Chatham posted the following update to its COVID-19 Academics and Calendar page.

Consistent with current Chatham study abroad approval policies, Chatham will approve individual students to participate in mobility-based study abroad for summer and upcoming terms in locations that have a U.S. Department of State Travel Advisory of Level 1 (Exercise Normal Precautions) or Level 2 (Exercise Increased Precautions) and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) COVID19 Travel Health Notice of Level 1 (Low) or Level 2 (Moderate). Virtual study and internship opportunities are available for many locations that do not meet these health and safety levels. Students must submit Chatham’s study abroad application for consideration of any credit-bearing international experience and should contact the Office of International Affairs, internationalaffairs@chatham.edu, with any questions.

What does this mean for students planning to study abroad in summer 2021 and upcoming terms?

Many students have indicated a plan to study/intern abroad in countries that do not currently meet Chatham’s approval criteria. To review the safety levels for your program location, please click on the above links and search for your program location.  Locations with US Department of State (USDOS) Level 3 or 4 and/or Centers for Disease Control (CDC) COVID19 Level 3 or 4, do not currently meet Chatham’s approval criteria, though conditions may change prior to a program’s start date.

Students may still choose to apply for these programs, but Chatham will not fully approve students for mobility-based study or internship abroad unless the program location’s USDOS and CDC levels are reduced. As you may be aware, there is no guarantee that a location’s USDOS and CDC levels would improve to an acceptable level prior to a program start date. If a student’s program location’s USDOS and CDC levels does not improve to USDOS Level 1 or 2 and CDC COVID19 Level 1 or 2 by 60 days before the program start date, Chatham will not approve study or internship abroad to that location. In these situations, students should make alternate arrangements; some options are listed below.

In any case, it is not recommended that students make nonrefundable deposits or definite plans for travel until students receive full approval to participate in a mobility-based study or internship abroad program. It is the student’s responsibility to know and understand their study abroad location’s entry requirements, health and safety policies and protocols of their study abroad destination, any program-specific codes of conduct or other local requirements, as well as the financial and withdrawal policies of their selected study abroad program.

 Other options students may consider include:

  • choose to study abroad in another location that meets approval criteria
  • opt for a virtual study/intern abroad program (for which Chatham study abroad voucher and International Studies certificate funding will be honored)
  • if possible, defer their study abroad to a future term

Please reach out to internationalaffairs@chatham.edu with any questions.

Summer 2021 Internships Abroad: In-Person and Virtual Opportunities

Elena Woodworth interned in Panama during summer 2019.

All Chatham undergraduate students are required to complete an internship to graduate. Completing an internship abroad is a fantastic way for students to get practical experience in a field of interest as well as exposure to the international working world.

Internships abroad can be in person or virtual opportunities. In person opportunities are often completed in combination with study abroad coursework. Due to uncertainty regarding the COVID-19 pandemic and travel safety, Chatham will announce in January 2021 if it will allow students to study abroad on traditional mobility programs for summer 2021.   Virtual opportunities are an alternative offering the opportunity to collaborate and work globally without travel.

Chatham undergraduate students may use their $1200 study abroad voucher toward any credit bearing international experience, including an in person or virtual international internship.  Students completing an International Studies Certificate may be eligible for an additional $1800 toward study or internship abroad.

To receive academic credit for your internship, you must complete two documents – 1) a Learning Agreement through the Office of Career Development (please contact careers@chatham.edu) and 2) Chatham’s study abroad application (contact internationalaffairs@chatham.edu with any questions).

Check out this PULSE story detailing recent internship abroad experiences of three Chatham students.

The below list includes a sample of in-person internship opportunities (Chatham does not recommend students make nonrefundable deposits for summer 2021 in-person programs at this time):

AIFS International Internships

CEA Internships

CET Summer Internships -Middle East, Europe, Asia

CIEE Summer Global Internships – Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America

CIS Abroad Internships – Florence, Italy

Listed below are some virtual internship options

AIFS Virtual Internships

CEA Virtual Internships

CIEE Virtual Global Internship

CIS Abroad Virtual Internship

CET Virtual Global Internship

IES Virtual Internships

University of Nicosia, Cyprus – Summer VIP Internships

Questions about international opportunities or funding your experience abroad? We are happy to help! Please reach out to the Office of International Affairs, internationalaffairs@chatham.edu.

Summer 2021 study abroad options

Monica Snyder, Brazil, spring 2019.

Due to uncertainty regarding the COVID-19 pandemic and travel safety, Chatham will announce in January 2021 if it will allow students to study abroad on traditional mobility programs for summer 2021.   Virtual opportunities are an alternative offering the opportunity to collaborate and work globally without travel.

Chatham undergraduate students may use their $1200 study abroad voucher toward any credit bearing international experience, including an in person or virtual international internship.  Students completing an International Studies Certificate may be eligible for an additional $1800 toward study or internship abroad.

To receive academic credit you must complete  Chatham’s study abroad application (contact internationalaffairs@chatham.edu with any questions).

Listed below are some in-person mobility options. Note: This list and provider options may change as travel restrictions and conditions change and providers update their program availability. Chatham does not recommend students make nonrefundable deposits for summer 2021 in-person programs at this time.

Costa RicaUniversidad Veritas summer build your own program. Choose from a variety of courses in English and Spanish.

CyprusUniversity of Nicosia Global Semesters summer programs. Choose from several program options including Communications, Nursing, Music and Pre-Med.

Japan – Doshisha Women’s College of Liberal Arts – Japanese Language Immersion Course – female students only.

Korea – Seoul Women’s University – Bahrom International Programapplication for 2021 not yet available.

CIS Abroad summer study abroad programs (various countries)

CIEE summer programs (various countries)

ISA summer programs (various countries)

Questions about international opportunities or funding your experience abroad? We are happy to help! Please reach out to the Office of International Affairs, internationalaffairs@chatham.edu.

Study Abroad Reflection: Jishnu Jayathilak, Spring 2020, Cyprus

Chatham student Jishnu Jayathilak (Communications, ’20) reflects on his spring 2020 study and internship abroad experience and its impact on his future plans.

For more information on study abroad opportunities available to Chatham students, see Education Abroad and reach out to internationalaffairs@chatham.edu with any questions.

Fund for Education Abroad 2021-2022 Scholarships

The Summer, Fall, and Academic Year 2021-2022 Application is open! Deadline is January 20, 2021 at 12pm (noon) EST

The Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) invests in deserving U.S. undergraduates who are least likely to study abroad. More than 100 volunteer reviewers read applications each cycle. In partnership with them, FEA considers financial need, demographic factors, and academic plan and preparedness to decide scholarship recipients.

Financial Need is determined by the FEA Financial Aid Form we provide when you begin an application.

Demographic Factors that are considered include minority background, first-generation college student status, and community college experience.

Academic Plan and Preparedness is determined by your essays, unofficial transcript, and letter of recommendation.

Create an account and begin your application: APPLY NOW
For detailed instructions: APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for an FEA scholarship, you must be:

  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Currently enrolled as an undergraduate at a college or university in the U.S. (graduate students are not eligible)
  • Study abroad program must be eligible for credit at the student’s home institution
  • Study abroad program must be at least 4 weeks (28 days) in country/countries

What you’ll need

  1. Complete the application form online
  2. Print the Financial Aid Form and bring it to your university’s financial aid office. Someone from that office should complete the form and give it back to you for your to upload to your online application.
  3. Upload your unofficial transcript to your online application.
  4. Submit the name and email of your recommender. After your recommender submits your letter of recommendation, you must go back into the application to click submit.
  5. Make sure ALL application materials are uploaded and submitted before the deadline to be considered for an FEA scholarship.

If you have questions or need further support with this scholarship or have other study abroad related questions, please reach out to the Office of International Affairs at internationalaffairs@chatham.edu.

 

Apply for full scholarship to study abroad in summer 2021!

Ready to change the world? Apply for the Frederick Douglass Global Fellowship, a full scholarship to study abroad with a cohort of student leaders from around the country.

The Frederick Douglass Global Fellowship was founded to empower students of color with a transformative experience abroad, much like Frederick Douglass was inspired by his travels. All program fees are covered, as well as airfare.

This year’s cohort is co-sponsored by the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs to commemorate the 175th anniversary of Douglass’s four-month journey around Ireland. You’ll be based in Dublin and visit other cities where Douglass campaigned, while meeting with government leaders and social justice activists.

The application is open to first-, second- and third-year students who have a GPA of 3.0 or higher and are from ethnic backgrounds typically underrepresented on study abroad programs.

This opportunity is offered by CIEE, a student exchange organization whom Chatham partners with. As a next step, start your application at www.CIEE.ORG/FDGF. (If you enter your name and email, you’ll receive updates before the February 14, 2021 deadline.) All eligible students who submit an application also qualify for a $1,500 scholarship towards any CIEE summer program.

Questions? Email FDGF@ciee.org 

Chatham’s Office of International Affairs (internationalaffairs@chatham.edu) is available to support students and answer questions related to this opportunity as well as other study abroad scholarships and post-graduation fellowships.

 

Virtual Study Abroad Fair – How to Participate!

Image by Marina Stroganova from Pixabay

Thanks to the many students who have already signed up for this year’s Virtual Study Abroad Fair! For others who have not yet registered, here’s an easy guide:

How to Register

  1. Go to the Registration Page on LunaFairs.
  2. Create your account and select your study abroad preferences. Our program matching tool will help you refine your search and find the best program for you.
  3. Explore the site. “Favorite” programs for easy access to return to during the live sessions, and check out our University Booths for more information on Chatham’s Education Abroad programs and scholarship opportunities.

As a reminder, remaining fair open times are this week, Oct. 19-22 (11-4 pm)  and Nov. 16-19 (11-4 pm), but you can register and review provider and Chatham options anytime until November 20, 2020.

Happy exploring!  Questions about the fair or study abroad in general? Please contact the Office of International Affairs, internationalaffairs@chatham.edu.

Q&A on Summer 2021 Field Experiences

Does my Financial Aid apply to the summer programs?

Financial aid may apply, contact financialaid@chatham.edu for details on your aid toward a summer program and/or applying for additional loans.

If you are a Pell grant recipient, Pell funding may apply for 6+ credit programs (Cyprus & Taiwan)


What outside scholarships can I apply for?

Pell grant recipients can apply for Gilman scholarship funding (deadline will be in early March 2021), see https://www.gilmanscholarship.org/

Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) funds students with demonstrated financial need; encourages students underrepresented in study abroad (app opens in November for 2021-22 programs) https://fundforeducationabroad.org/apply/

For the Taiwan program, Freeman Awards for Study in Asia (Freeman-ASIA) provides scholarships for U.S. undergraduate students with demonstrated financial need to study abroad in East or Southeast Asia. The application opens in early 2021 https://www.iie.org/Programs/Freeman-ASIA/


What experiential learning scholarships can I apply for through Chatham?

Students may apply for Chatham experiential learning scholarships which offer summer funding (application deadline is 2/28/21). These awards are competitive as funding is limited.

There are two general awards toward summer study: Glenda Rich DeBroff ‘60 Scholarship and Sally Mercke Heym ‘63 Scholarship;  there are two awards toward environmental field work (Loren Maazel -Rachel Carson and Theo Colburn-Rachel Carson awards).

For more information and experiential learning scholarship application, please see https://chatham.edu/academics/international-programs/scholarships-and-vouchers.html 

 


Where can I learn more about course content?

Please contact the faculty leaders:

Costa Rica: Dr. Cunningham, h.Cunningham@chatham.edu; Dr. Bell, mbell@chatham.edu

Cyprus: Dr. Carrillo, acarrillo@chatham.edu; Dr. Rossbach, drossbach@chatham.edu

Taiwan: Dr. Kingsbury, kkingsbury@chatham.edu; Dr. Tippen, ctippen@chatham.edu

For Cyprus & Taiwan, see https://chatham.abroadoffice.net/ course descriptions for links to non-Chatham coursework


How do I apply?

Please use the links at https://chatham.edu/academics/international-programs/field-experiences.html or see https://chatham.abroadoffice.net/

You must create an abroadoffice user account and complete all required sections of the application.

The application deadline is 12/2/2020.


Is there any risk in applying for a field experience?

No. Chatham will announce if summer study abroad is permitted in January 2021. Participating students would not be asked for a deposit or any other commitment until after that announcement.


When will students be notified of acceptance to a field experience?

If a field experience receives enough applications to meet its minimum enrollment number prior to the 12/2/20 deadline, applications will be reviewed and accepted students will be conditionally accepted. Otherwise, students can expect to hear about the status of their application in mid-December.

All summer 2021 Chatham field experiences are conditionally approved at this time. A decision on summer 2021 study abroad will be announced in January 2021.


I am graduating in spring. Can I participate? 

Chatham field experiences are academic programs. Participants must be current undergraduate students taking the courses for credit. If you are graduating in spring, you may only participate if you need credits or need this specific course to fulfill your graduation requirements. Contact your academic advisor with questions about fulfillment of graduation requirements.


What’s included in the program fee? 

Specific inclusions vary by program. Please read the “What is Included” section of Chatham.abroadoffice.net for each field experience for information.

Generally included: RT airfare to/from Pittsburgh; housing; travel insurance; in-country transportation; activities and excursions that are part of program; some meals (varies)

Not included: personal expenses, passports, Chatham tuition + fees (Costa Rica)


When would I need to have a valid passport? 

For Taiwan, by December 15 for visa processing.

For Costa Rica and Cyprus, TBD, but plan on having your valid passport/ applying no later than January announcement.

Passports are good for 10 years. Apply/renew now!


Where do I apply for a passport? 

First time applicants must apply in person. https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/passports/how-apply/where-to-apply.html

In Pittsburgh, the Allegheny County Dept. of Court Records, 414 Grant Street, 412-350-6071, does not require appointments. Open 8:30-4:30 M,T,R,F; 8:30-7:30 W.

To renew your passport, you may be able to apply by mail.

See https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/passports/


What do I need to apply for a passport? 

  1. Form DS-11 (complete online)

2. Citizenship evidence (US birth certificate or expired/unexpired passport)

3. Photocopy of citizenship evidence

4. ID (driver’s license or US passport)

5. Photo (must meet photo requirements)

6. Fees

See specifics of document requirements https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/passports/


How much is a U.S. passport?

Passport book is $110

Execution fee is $35

Expedite fee is $60 (if you need a passport in 4-6 weeks)

See https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/passports/


What will happen when programs are approved? 

When the university approves programs (January 2021), accepted students will be contacted and asked to make a $500 deposit and sign a Participation Agreement including Informed Consent regarding COVID-19.

Program leaders will announce pre-departure meetings and required pre-departure training for each field experience.


How do students get the $1200 voucher? 

Students do not need to file any additional paperwork for the $1200 one-time study abroad voucher. If you qualify (have 30 or more credits, 15 at Chatham) by start of program, voucher will be added to your aid for the term in which you study abroad, reducing the amount students pay by $1200.


Where can I learn more about the International Studies Certificates and the $1,800 International Studies Certificate voucher awarded to students who are in the process of completing their International Certificate?

International Studies Certificates are completed through the International Studies department. Please see certificate requirements at https://my.chatham.edu/tools/_departments/advising/checklists/list.cfm?CatalogID=15&CatID=4.  The coordinators for the certificates are Dr. Sene, Africa, Dr. Kingsbury, Asia, Dr. Rossbach, Europe and Middle East, and Dr. Martin, Latin America.


How do students demonstrate eligibility for the International Studies Certificate funding ($1800)?

Complete and have certificate advisor sign off on the Verification form. Please return scan or photo of completed form to internationalaffairs@chatham.edu.


When would I pay for a summer field experience? 

For programs that are moving forward, students would make a $500 deposit in January. As field experiences are summer programs, the balance of program fee + tuition would be billed by Student Accounts in March/April, due in May. Students may sign up for a summer payment plan through Student Accounts.


What if a program is interrupted/cancelled? 

While Chatham would make every effort to refund any fees that have not been allocated, there are hard costs to programs that may not be recoverable. Enrollment is not without risk (participating students agree to share this risk in the Participation Agreement with Informed Consent regarding COVID-19).


What does travel insurance cover?

Travel insurance is a supplemental insurance policy that covers you while you are abroad. Travel insurance is through iNext, https://www.inext.com/. Travel insurance for the program dates is included as part of your program fee:

iNext Comprehensive Basic Plan, $250,000 Medical / $500,000 Accident

Travel Delay (12 hours) (up to $250/Day) ………………………………. $2,500

Baggage and Personal Effects……………………………………………………. $2,000

Baggage Delay (24 hours) ………………………………………………………………. $200

Accidental Death & Dismemberment (24 hour)……………………. $20,000

Accident Medical Expense ……………………………………………………… $500,000

Sickness Medical Expense ……………………………………………………… $250,000

Emergency Medical Evacuation, Medical Repatriation and Return of Remains ………………………………………………………………………………….. $1,000,000  

Coverage includes a 24-hour emergency assistance line.

If participant contracts COVID during covered period (study abroad) it is considered a covered illness.


Does travel insurance cover trip cancellation?

No, it does not.  Individual participants can consider purchasing trip cancellation insurance, also known as a Cancel For Any Reason (CFAR) or Interrupt For Any Reason (IFAR) Policy. Policies will have varying coverage (typically up to a percentage of total cost of program).

The following sites are offered as information only (not endorsed)

https://www.culturalinsurance.com/

https://www.insubuy.com/


Please also see previous post http://blogs.chatham.edu/oia/2020/09/25/chatham-summer-2021-field-experiences/ for important field experience information.

Do you have a question that is not addressed here? Please reach out to internationalaffairs@chatham.edu.

Thank you!

Chatham Summer 2021 Field Experiences

shows students on a Chatham field experience
Field experience students in Greece, 2019

Chatham Summer 2021 Field Experiences are now open for application! Program options are:

Costa RicaEducation and Social Work for Sustainability, Dr. Bell and Dr. Cunningham

CyprusExploring Environmental Extremes, Dr. Carrillo

CyprusSpecial Topics – Politics of Cyprus, Dr. Rossbach

TaiwanFulbright Taiwan Tunghai Program, Dr. Kingsbury and Dr. Tippen

Please click on the above links for program and application information. The application deadline is 12/2/2020.

Important Notes:

  1. At this time, Summer 2021 field experiences are conditionally approved and will only run if health and safety conditions, including visa and entry restrictions, US Dept. of State Travel Advisory and CDC Travel Health Notice for each location, permit. Chatham does not approve study abroad to US Dept. of State locations with a Level 3 or Level 4 Travel Advisory; or to locations with a CDC Travel Health Notice of Level 3. Restrictions on entry, including quarantine and testing requirements, and other travel conditions may also affect Chatham’s ability to offer these field experiences.
  2. Chatham will announce a decision on if summer 2021 study abroad will be permitted in January 2021. There is no risk or cost to students in applying for a summer field experience. Deposits for students participating in these field experiences would not be due until after the January 2021 announcement.
  3. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, conditions may require changes to field experience programs, including program dates, cost, facilities, activities, transportation, and itinerary. Students considering participating in these field experiences will need to be flexible, understand the risks of participation, and will be required to agree to health and safety protocols and any restrictions put in place by Chatham, in-country partners, and country, regional and local agencies. Chatham is monitoring travel conditions and is working closely with in-country partners for updates on current protocols, restrictions and health and safety information. Chatham is committed to transparency in communicating information that may affect these field experience programs.
  4. Students may apply their $1,200 study abroad voucher toward any of these field experiences. This one-time voucher is available to each undergraduate student who has 30+ credits, at least 15 of which have been completed at Chatham. Students do not need to apply for the study abroad voucher; it is applied to your Chatham account for the term in which you study abroad, reducing the amount you pay by $1,200. For the Cyprus and Taiwan field experiences, students completing an International Studies Certificate may apply their $1,800 certificate funding toward the program cost. For more information the International Studies Certificates, please see the Certificate checklists at https://my.chatham.edu/tools/_departments/advising/checklists/
  5. Students may apply for Chatham experiential learning scholarships which offer summer funding (application deadline is 2/28/21). These awards are competitive as funding is limited. Please see https://chatham.edu/academics/international-programs/scholarships-and-vouchers.html
  6. Students who receive Federal Pell grants may be eligible to use Pell funding toward summer programs of 6 or more credits (please contact Office of Financial Aid for details of your award) and should consider applying for a Gilman Scholarship for additional funding (there are two application deadlines -10/6/20 and early March 2021 for summer 2021 study abroad).

Join the Zoom Q&A on Summer 2021 Chatham Field Experiences on Friday October 9, 12:30-1:30 pm. See https://my.chatham.edu/happenings/details.cfm?EventID=28393 to register for this Zoom meeting.

Questions? Please reach out to field experience faculty leaders and/ or internationalaffairs@chatham.edu

Virtual Study Abroad Fair

Our study abroad fair is virtual this year! Learn about in-person and virtual study, internship and research programs, and plan for your international experience.

Drop in at your convenience to learn more about opportunities abroad through Chatham, partner institutions, and providers.

Find out more information about upcoming summer abroad opportunities and scholarships

 

Free to attend! Fair open times are: Sept 21-24 (11-4 pm) | Oct 19-22 (11-4 pm) | Nov 16-19 (11-4 pm)

Register at https://lunafairs.com/study-abroad/virtual-fair/?university=Chatham%20University

Questions? Reach out to internationalaffairs@chatham.edu