The University of Maryland plans to move forward with many in-person study abroad programs for the fall 2021 semester, according to a Thursday email from international affairs associate vice president Ross Lewin.

The Education Abroad team also plans to add additional study abroad programs for winter, spring and spring break 2022, according to the email. More information on these programs will be shared with students, advisors and departments in the weeks to come. Applications for these programs will open in August.

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The university’s international affairs office and International Risk Management Committee are actively monitoring the global risk environment, following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Department of State as well as other public health and security experts, Lewin wrote.

The CDC and Department of State have lowered their travel advisories for many countries in recent weeks, Lewin wrote. The CDC has also updated guidelines for vaccinated travelers.

University System of Maryland Chancellor Jay Perman announced April 23 that vaccinations will be mandatory in the fall for all USM students, faculty and staff.