COVID-19 and the Return of Learning Abroad

Learning abroad teams continue to adjust their operations based on the "big unknown" – when will learning abroad travel be possible?

Learning abroad offices have been racing against the clock to perform critical activities. Whether it be the timing of recalling students from their overseas programs in March 2020, the timing of cancelling a learning abroad offering, or the timing of reactivating travel to specific locations, the question of when remains central.

The COVID-19 and the returning of learning abroad guide is an easy-reference tool for learning abroad practitioners, who are looking for answers to when and how to safely return to international travel.

This guide will equip you with information regarding:

  • Timing the return to travel
  • COVID-19 vaccines and travel
  • Criteria for travel reactivation
  • Contingency planning: Scenarios to consider when you are assessing risk.


Sarah Argles – Project Manager, Learning Abroad (Risk and Safety), Monash University

Benita Ho – Manager, Global Learning, The University of Melbourne

Fiona White – Head, Student Mobility and Exchange, The University of Sydney

Published: August 2021