Covid-19 and Study Abroad
How might COVID-19 impact your study abroad plans? Pace has cancelled Fall 2020, Spring 2021, and Summer 2021 study abroad programs due to the many uncertainties surrounding COVID-19. However, we are proceeding with processing applications for Academic Year 2021-2022 study abroad. Read more about how study abroad may be affected by COVID-19.
This 2-minute video walks you through the process of semester and summer study abroad at Pace!
- Study abroad FAQ
- Review our comparison of the 4 study abroad program types (PDF) offered at Pace to understand the differences.
- Download the Steps to Study Abroad instructions (PDF) and review the Steps to Study Abroad (below).
- Attend a virtual Abroad 101 info session, led by a Pace study abroad alum (Tuesdays at 12:15 p.m.)
- Interested in a shorter study abroad experience? Learn the basics about Pace’s Faculty-Led Study Abroad programs with this pre-recorded "Faculty-Led 411" info session.
- Watch this 2-minute “Beginner's Guide to Study Abroad” video that walks you through the process of semester and summer study abroad at Pace!
- Attend a 30-minute virtual "Abroad 101" zoom info session through Pace Education Abroad (to learn about the process) – offered every Tuesday at 12:15 p.m. You may also watch the pre-recorded video of an Abroad 101 session. Attendance is mandatory – your semester abroad application will NOT be processed until you have attended.
- Research study abroad programs in the Pace Study Abroad database
- Optional: meet virtually with a "PAL" (Pace student who has already studied abroad) for one-on-one peer advising.
- Meet with your Pace Academic Advisor (to review your academic track, class flexibility, and plans to study abroad in relation to your graduation & major/minor requirements).
Apply for Your Chosen Study Abroad Program
- Apply for your chosen study abroad program through Pace (via the blue "Apply Now" button), and wait to be notified by Education Abroad. Pace academic credits for study abroad will only be awarded to students who have applied and been accepted to study abroad by Pace Education Abroad.
- After you submit your Pace study abroad application, attend an "Abroad 102" info session (N/A for faculty-led programs) – where you will learn how to complete Course Equivalency Forms ("course equivalencies"). Attendance is mandatory.
I've been accepted! What are my next steps?
- You will be required to apply to the foreign host institution directly. Follow the instructions sent to you by the Education Abroad office on next steps.
- Complete your Course Equivalency Forms ("course equivalencies"). All courses taken abroad must be approved by the relevant Pace department chair. Pace students must take a minimum of 12 U.S. credits during each semester abroad. We strongly recommend that you consider choosing courses that have already been approved by Pace by reviewing the "Pre-Approved Courses" list on the Academics tab of your chosen program in the study abroad portal.
- Apply for a visa (if applicable) and ensure that your passport is valid for 6 months after your program's end date.
- Attend a mandatory pre-departure orientation at Pace Education Abroad.
- Due to the uncertainties related to COVID-19 and travel abroad, don't purchase flights for your program (or make any non-refundable deposits connected with travel/study abroad) until told to do so by the Education Abroad office.
- Read through Pace's international travel policy with regards to COVID-19 to understand all the risks involved with study abroad at this time: health-related, financial, and academic.
- Download these Steps to Study Abroad instructions (PDF)
Spring 2022 Study Abroad Programs
- September 20, 2021: Exchange Semester Programs; all Partner programs in France, Italy, Spain, UK; and SIT programs
- October 15, 2021: Partner Semester Programs
- November 15, 2021: Pace Faculty-Led Programs
Summer 2022 programs
- March 15, 2022
Fall 2022 Study Abroad Programs
- February 15, 2022: Exchange Semester Programs
- March 15, 2022: Partner Semester Programs
- April 15, 2022: Pace Faculty-Led Programs
All students planning to study abroad are required to attend a Study Abroad Info Session before applying to a program, to understand the process and your responsibilities.
- If you are planning to participate on a semester or summer program, attend the "Abroad 101" info session.
- Once you are accepted to study abroad on a semester or summer program, you are also required to attend an "Abroad 102" info session.
- If you are interested in a Pace Faculty-Led program, watch the "Faculty-Led 411" pre-recorded info session.
"Abroad 101" sessions
“Abroad 101" sessions explores the basics of going abroad:
- Every Tuesday at 12:15 p.m. (Email firstname.lastname@example.org to get the Zoom session info)
- Program types: Semester abroad programs, Pace Faculty-Led programs, and summer programs
- Costs, financial aid, and scholarships
- Application deadlines
- How to search for programs and apply
- These are 30-minute Zoom sessions led by a Study Abroad Advisor (or student assistant), with time for Q&A.
- If you want to watch a pre-recorded Abroad 101 info session (20 minutes long), you may do so. Note: If you are applying to study abroad, you'll be required to watch this pre-recorded Abroad 101 info session again closer to departure – as part of the Pace study abroad application process.
"Abroad 102" sessions
"Abroad 102" sessions explain how you'll obtain Pace credits for courses taken abroad. The Abroad 102 session is NOT required for students going on a Pace Faculty-Led Program
- Every Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. (Email email@example.com to get the Zoom session info)
- Once you are accepted to study abroad on a semester or summer program, you are also required to attend an "Abroad 102" info session which explains how you'll obtain Pace credits for courses taken abroad.
- Before attending, watch this pre-recorded Abroad 102 info session (16 minutes long). Then attend an Abroad 102 info session with a student assistant who will walk you through the process.
Abroad 102 topics
- What are Course Equivalencies?
- How do you make Course Equivalency Forms for the courses you will take abroad?
- What courses can you take abroad? What courses can't you take abroad?
- How do you get course approvals from Dept. Chairs and Academic Advisors?
- Review your foreign school's catalogue before attending, and meet with your Pace Academic Advisor to discuss courses you wish to take.
- If you attended an Abroad 102 longer than 6 months prior to study abroad, you'll need to re-attend in order to re-familiarize yourself with the process.
- These are 30-minute Zoom sessions led by a Study Abroad Advisor (or student assistant) with time for Q&A.
- Note: the Abroad 102 session is NOT required for students going on a Pace Faculty-Led Program.
“Faculty-Led 411" info session
Watch this pre-recorded info session (16 minutes)
The “Faculty-Led 411" info session explores the basics of participating in a Pace Faculty-Led program:
- Learn about these Pace Fall/Spring courses taught by Pace professors that feature a 1-3 week study abroad component during January, Spring Break, or Summer
- Costs, financial aid, and scholarships
- Application deadlines
- How to search for programs and apply
You may request an advising session with one of our study abroad advisors.
- Students are required to virtually attend an Abroad 101 session prior to making a virtual appointment with a Study Abroad Advisor.
- Check out our FAQ to see if you can find answers.
- Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to set up an appointment (via telephone, Skype, or Zoom).
Explore Your World: Search Study Abroad Programs (Terra Dotta)
Deciding where to go can be challenging! Pace offers 75 approved semester programs and numerous Faculty-Led Programs (Pace courses that feature a short study abroad component, led by Pace Faculty). Our advice is to start with self-reflection and research. Then you can make informed decisions based on the following considerations: length of program; location; costs (including the cost of living in your chosen destination); academic offerings; how independent you wish to be; language considerations; and cultural differences. Consider your needs and wants from the program: what do you hope to gain from this experience that you can’t gain at Pace – academically, personally, and in your future professional life? There’s also language considerations; for almost all of Pace’s study abroad programs, students only need to know English for the academic part... but outside the classroom some students want to learn and speak a new language. Also, some of our foreign partner schools are preferred for students from specific Pace schools. You should also review this comparison of the 4 study abroad program types (PDF) offered at Pace to understand the differences. Finally, we invite you to speak with one of our Study Abroad Advisors who can help guide you in your decision.
Fall 2021 Fair: September 13-15
The Fall 2021 Study Abroad Fair will take place over 3 days.
- Monday, September 13: Pleasantville, in-person at Kessel Multipurpose Room
- Tuesday, September 14: Virtual event for all
- Wednesday, September 15: NYC, in-person at 1 Pace Plaza, Student Center East/West
The most recent Study Abroad Fair in Spring 2021 was a 2-day virtual event with 60 sesssions. If you missed the event, attend an Abroad 101 info session to learn how to get started with study abroad or email email@example.com to get connected with our Pace-approved international partners. Plan now for the adventure of a lifetime!
On February 2 and 3, nearly 400 Pace students and community members dropped into live Zoom sessions with international representatives from our partner universities around the world; Pace faculty leaders; study abroad alum; reps from each of Pace's 5 colleges/schools; and all of us from Education Abroad – to chat about all things study abroad. Our Pace Study Abroad Fair "Passport" guide (PDF) offers advice for students to help prioritize what's important for you when considering study abroad. There were geographically-focused panels of overseas partner universities, plus 16 Pace-led interactive panel sessions (PDF) – focusing on financial aid & scholarships for study abroad; identity talks focused on BIPOC and LGBTQ+ students; how to leverage a study abroad experience in your job search; how to decide where to go; targeted sessions for transfer, Honors, veteran, and international students; the process of study abroad at Pace; and more.
Watch President Krislov’s Study Abroad Fair welcome message:
Fall 2020 Fair: September 9
Nearly 400 students and community members dropped into live Zoom sessions with international representatives from our partner universities abroad; Pace professors leading study abroad courses; Pace students who studied abroad; and sessions with each of Pace's 5 colleges/schools. There were 50 interactive sessions to choose from! Review the list of 35 overseas partner universities who participated in the Fair (PDF) and the 15 Pace-led interactive panel sessions (PDF).
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Pace's top priority is our students' health and safety. Because of continuing health and safety concerns associated with COVID-19, and the uncertainty of global travel and conditions in various countries abroad, Pace leadership has made the disappointing and difficult decision to cancel Pace Spring and Summer 2021 study abroad programs. This cancellation applies to all faculty-led programs and semester abroad program types - exchange programs, partner programs, and third party provider programs - as well as all summer programs.
Factors that were considered include travel restrictions in and out of the country; continued warnings against travel by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and their high risk (Level 3) advisories against travel to many of the countries where we have programs; U.S. State Department travel advisories; the uncertainties around foreign government border restrictions and the financial losses that students would incur if they make plans to study abroad but a foreign border restriction prevents them from going abroad close to departure; new waves of the virus overlapping with the winter flu season; and finally, our wish to ensure academic predictability – giving students ample time to plan for their terms at Pace (and hopefully a different study abroad experience in a later semester/term).