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A Message from the Office of Global Engagement

A Message from the Office of Global Engagement

May 29, 2020

This is inarguably an unusual and challenging time for the field of Education Abroad. Yet the COVID-19 global pandemic is also a clear illustration of the importance of international education.  It’s an odd silver lining -- or perhaps a cruel irony -- that the thing that keeps us apart right now is the best example of the need for inter-connectivity and culturally knowledgeable, globally competent citizens.

We believe that the world’s greatest challenges must be addressed by the sharing of ideas, knowledge and experiences across borders. We are committed to this approach for Drexel students, while also mindful of the safety and security precautions that will be necessary in a changed world. We are eager to resume Drexel’s Education Abroad activities, but we only will do so in a manner that aligns with our priority of the safety and security of Drexel students.  In considering the opportunities for students to travel abroad in the midst of COVID-19, Drexel International Health, Safety and Security will take into account global travel and location-specific considerations when making determinations about appropriate options for student

While currently travel throughout the world is on hold, universities and study abroad program providers are planning and preparing for the return of study abroad and exploring new ways to engage globally while we must remain local. Opportunities such as global classrooms, virtual global exchanges and engaging with international students will help Drexel students to continue to examine their ideas and learning from a broader worldview. And when the world begins to open up again, Drexel Education Abroad will be ready to safely jump back in, because as you know, at Drexel, the world won’t wait. 

Jake Marini, ‚ÄčVice Provost for Global Engagement

Marcia Henisz, Senior Director, International Health, Safety & Security