I work with a travel abroad study program based out of CA and that travels to the UK and continent annually. Our travel plans for the fall 2020 semester are on hold pending a final decision that is due late June. The deciding factors are numerous but include: the state of outbreak in the USA, UK, and continent, the status of other countries in terms of opening of economy, and status of our sister University in the UK as far as allowing students on campus.
As a retired oncology research nurse who also worked during the HIV epidemic, I would like people to understand that our future depends on our present decisions. Covid19 will determine our course of action independently of what we would like to have happen. The human race has never encountered this virus and it will continue to infect as many people as possible. This is why stay-at-home and social distancing are so important. We are holding the virus at bay while scientists work to develop the best testing, optimal therapeutic treatments, and eventually a vaccine to help prevent the disease (at least to some degree). This work will take AT LEAST 18 months.
So, to answer your question, in the short term being the next 6 months, it is not likely that many schools will allow study abroad programs to proceed. I may be wrong, but the information I review every day is leading me to say this. If your personal plans allow you to remain in school until fall of 2021, things may be very different.
Personally, I would look into virtual work at this time. This may take a bit of research, but you may be able to find work with a foreign based company depending on your areas of interest and expertise. Virtual work will most likely be a positive outcome from this pandemic. We may all be reducing our use of cars! A little bit of a silver lining.
Looking towards the future may seem to be depressing in these moments. But the world, the economy, education, travel will resume at some point. And all those things may look very different.
I hope you can be visionary and see a bright future that is not only different, but better than what COVID19 has left behind.
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Oh, and while it's not as much fun, you could even do a virtual semester abroad. It would give you exposure to being immersed in the language, phrases, and bring some additional perspective to your learning. But admittedly, it's not nearly as much fun!
There are a lot of unknown at this time. To travel, work or study abroad, it's better to wait till next year or later. While, in the meantime, it's good to read, study, and learn more about the countries you are interested in visiting. When the time is right, you are ready to go!
I have friends that were able to start their Erasmus program (in Europe, of course) and also friends from Brazil that are coming to study in Portugal. The problem is that they are still not sure if they will be able to attend regular classroom sessions or virtual ones. That's the risk you need to be aware of. :)
My suggestion is, while we are all asked to stay at home for our own safety. Think of other ways to study abroad virtually. Look for online courses from different communities and/or schools and universities which you find interesting. You may not be in the actual country physically but you are learning what they are offering so just think that you are there.
Things will change. We just have to pray and hope that everything will go back to normal sooon!
Universities in Australia are even giving options to enroll but study online from your home country for this year and join the campus from next year.
Given the current uncertain scenario of the pandemic; it's uncertain to say for sure how things will unfold. But hopefully universities are coming up with innovative plans for coming semesters. Try reaching out to the point of contacts of the universities you are interested in. Good Luck!