Office of International Studies & Programs

Office of International Studies & Programs

John Jay College Study-Abroad COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update

We understand you may have questions about how the spread of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, may impact your current or future term abroad. As the situation continues to evolve, our website aims to answer some of the most frequently asked questions about the effect COVID-19 will have on studying abroad at John Jay College. Our website will be updated as facts on the ground change, so please keep in mind that rapidly changing information may result in modifications to the answers provided here.

For more information on COVID-19 and tips for staying healthy, please visit the CDC website.

For the latest information CUNY policy related to study abroad travel, please visit CUNY website:

For the time being, we will continue to advise our students via Skype or phone call only. Please schedule an advisement appointment with us here: Mr. Yanes's Calendly Advising Calendar (link) or Mr. Braslavsky's Calendly Advising Calendar (link).

If you have further questions or would like to discuss this further with a staff member of the Office of International Studies & Programs, please reach out to us at 212-484-1339 or

UPDATE: John Jay Summer and Fall 2020 Study-Abroad Programs SUSPENDED

  • All John Jay College-run and -approved summer and fall 2020 study-abroad programs have been suspended.  This means these programs will not be offered this summer and fall.
  • Moreover, applications for non-John Jay College summer or fall 2020 study-abroad programs will NOT be processed or approved.
  • This decision is based on the U.S. Department of State's issuance of the Global Level 4 - Do Not Travel - Health Advisory.


Our office is committed to put the safety and wellbeing of all our students, faculty, and staff first. The rapidly changing travel restrictions introduce a risk variable that our office can neither predict nor control. We want to take this opportunity to thank all our John Jay student community and all those who support international education for your patience, courage, maturity, and understanding as our office navigates through this global health crisis.


Regarding John Jay College Study-Abroad Programs in 2021

The Office of International Studies & Programs will collect applications for winter 2020-2021 programs (January term 2021).  We will be assessing each program according to health, safety, and quality standards set by the College and University. Should we cancel program, students will be informed before any financial commitment to the program. 


Our office is in daily communication with its affiliate program partners abroad (program providers and host universities) in order to continuously monitor how the situation might develop over the coming weeks and months. As the situation evolves, we will continue to monitor locations and will work with students on a case-by-case basis should their semester plans be impacted.  Our office and program partners are here as a resource to students with questions or concerns about their upcoming study-abroad plans.

The health and safety of our students, staff, and faculty are our first priority, and we rely on guidance from our partners as well as advice provided by US, local, and international authorities in order to determine whether a program should run. As this is a rapidly evolving situation, we will continue to closely monitor the situation and provide updates as necessary to students who are planning to participate on summer programs.

Regarding John Jay Students Currently Studying Abroad (Spring 2020)

The John Jay College Office of International Studies & Programs continues to send messages directly to students who are currently abroad, as well as students’ emergency contacts when appropriate. Please refer to these frequent emails for information and guidance. We will continue to contact you directly with all relevant updates.

Welcome to the Office of International Studies & Programs

The Office of International Studies & Programs (OISP) is home to the Study-Abroad Programs and facilitates campus internationalization through research, partnerships, and cooperative projects around the globe.  The OISP serves as John Jay College's primary resource for students seeking significant academic experiences abroad during their college careers. Moreover, the OISP partners with faculty in every department at the College to develop innovative programs that provide students of all disciplines with valuable international experiences.


The Office of International Studies and Programs enhances the educational experience of our students to create global citizens with an awareness of the world around them and creates multidimensional partnerships with international institutions to facilitate the free exchange of scholarship, practices and ideas across borders.   
In order to achieve its mission, the Office of International Studies and Programs:

  • Designs, implements and assesses justice focused study abroad programs.
  • Facilitates college sponsored research for faculty and students by identifying strategic partners outside the US.
  • In keeping with the College’s mission, works with faculty to promote their expertise through technical assistance programs to governments overseas in policing and other criminal justice areas.  
  • Serves as staff to the International Advisory Board, which makes recommendations to internationalize the campus in order to promote justice-focused leadership, empathy, and intellectual curiosity.



The Office of International Studies and Programs is committed and uniquely positioned to contribute to the creation of just societies around the globe.

OISP Info Sessions & Campus Events

The Office of International Studies & Programs will be hosting a number of events throughout the semester. Have questions, or don't know where to start? We're here to help you! Come to one of our information sessions, or stop by an information table. 

Can't make any of these events? E-mail to schedule an appointment with a study-abroad advisor!

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