Spring 2021 Study Abroad

Cancellation of Study Abroad for Summer and Fall 2021 and Announcement of Virtual Global Learning Opportunities

Cancellation of Study Abroad for Summer and Fall 2021

After careful deliberation, the determination has been made that all University sponsored student international travel (study abroad and other student activities) is cancelled for the summer and fall 2021 terms due to the ongoing pandemic and uncertainty of availability and efficacy of a vaccine. This is a continuation of the current suspension of international study and sponsored travel and is driven by our ongoing commitment to the health and safety of students, faculty and staff. 

Alternative Global Learning Opportunities

At a time when so much learning is taking place online, when travel is disrupted and study abroad programs at universities throughout the nation have been cancelled, SUNY is fortunate to have the pre-eminent university-based center for virtual exchange (the SUNY COIL Center), and a team of global learning specialists throughout the system, attending to the needs of its students. Check out some of the virtual global learning opportunities available to SUNY students looking for an online international experience during the upcoming terms. Be sure to check back often as this list will be added to when new opportunities arise!


COIL-enhanced courses connect students from SUNY with peers from another country to develop collaborative projects across time zones, language differences and geographical distance using online tools. These projects provide an opportunity to engage hands-on with course concepts and new ideas and – most importantly – to explore them from different cultural perspectives.

For more information, contact your Campus COIL Coordinator:

SUNY COIL Global Commons

In the spring of 2020, the SUNY COIL Center in partnership with 18 SUNY campuses, developed and delivered an engaging global experience for students unable to travel during summer 2020. It was the first time that SUNY campuses came together to plan a program of this kind. This multi-campus effort culminated in a single robust platform rich with learning opportunities shaped around the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and dynamic academic coursework that brought it to life. Students participated in virtual service learning with community-based organizations in Kenya, South Africa, Ghana, Tanzania, Jordan and Israel. Work has begun to build out and enhance this platform for Summer 2021 to include a special focus on social justice. This opportunity will be available to all interested SUNY students.

The final storytelling projects for the inaugural cohort of the Global Commons are now available to view. Check out their videos, podcasts, graphic novels, and more at the Project Showcase site.

Click here for more general information about the Global Commons