Andre Gide said, “Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.” Though the idea of studying abroad may seem daunting to many students, the reality is that students need to study abroad now more than ever.
The world is growing increasingly smaller and interactions with other individuals from around the world are inevitable. It is our hope that study abroad experiences will help students grow in ways that they never imagined possible before. Oliver Wendell Holmes said that “A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.” While each study abroad student experience their programs in different ways, each finds a new approach to see themselves or the world around them. Study abroad will definitely help with self-exploration and self-development.
The TAMU-CC Office of International Education and Study Abroad program staff are here to assist students with many facets of the study abroad process. We strive to provide students with as much information as possible before they commit to a program. We assist faculty in program development to ensure that they have the proper support in-country for programs that they will lead. We also support academic advisors with general study abroad advising.
There is a lot to learn and understand about studying abroad, but it's never too early to start researching and planning!
Come and see us today to plan ahead for your future study abroad!
Note about Coronavirus and International Travel:
Suspension of Summer 2020 Programs - Texas A&M University has made the decision to suspend all study abroad programs for summer 2020. Given the unpredictability of the Coronavirus pandemic and unprecedented worldwide travel bans, the university wanted to take precautionary measures to ensure the health and safety of its students, faculty, and staff. The Office of International Education will continue to monitor the situation as the semester progresses. There has not been any final decisions made with regards to Fall 2020 programs; however, we will proceed with those programs with caution. The university still highly discourages any non-essential international travel at this time.
The Office of International Education is working with the Bursar's Office to ensure that students who applied for TAMU-CC specific faculty-led programs, and who have submitted deposits/payments, receive refunds accordingly. As the suspension of programs was abrupt, we do ask for patience as we ensure that all programs and service providers are notified prior to refunding students. Once the refund process has been initiated, students will be notified via email.
Update (03/11/2020 at 2:25pm):
New travel ban - As a precaution, the A&M System has halted all university travel outside of the United States from March 16 through May 1. Additional decisions about international travel beyond May 1 may be forthcoming.
Students, faculty and staff currently traveling abroad or returning from travel abroad prior to the ban should follow the CDC guidelines for self-isolation if needed. As a reminder, the A&M system requires students, faculty, staff and visitors traveling from foreign countries designated by the CDC as risk level 2 or 3 to self-isolate for a 14-day period. This applies regardless of whether the travel was personal or business-related.
Update (03/11/2020 at 12:00pm CST):
As the global situation is currently changing daily, there is a lot of uncertainty with regards to the Coronavirus and how that will ultimately effect study abroad programs and international travel. TAMU-CC is highly discouraging any non-essential international travel at this time. Any student, faculty, or staff who has participated in recent international travel are asked to report their travel via the online portal here.
As of March 11th, 2020, there is a current TAMU system-wide suspension of programs to China, South Korea and Italy. However, neither the TAMU system nor TAMU-CC has mandated that we suspend or cancel upcoming summer or fall programs to other locations. As such, we will proceed with study abroad or exchange programs that have a start date of May 1st, 2020 or later. Our office will continue to monitor and approve programs on a country-by-country basis. We are consulting with various TAMU-CC campus departments, TAMU System, insurance providers, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as other global partners for additional guidance regarding health, safety, and other necessary measures to ensure participant safety.
As we have seen, the worldwide situation continues to change on a daily basis. Please keep in mind that even though we will proceed with programs for now, there may be a possibility that programs may get canceled in the future.
Our office may have to cancel a program if one or more of the following criteria are met:
The Office of International Education will continue to actively monitor the situation and provide updates to program participants as they become available. For more information regarding the Coronavirus and resources, please visit the TAMU-CC Coronavirus Updates page here.
How to get in touch with our office: