JMU gives a lot of research overseas options, both equally shorter-expression — over breaks or sections of summer time — and long-time period, a semester. Brief-expression analyze overseas options are made available in destinations all about the environment, like a few that never leave the U.S. The extensive-expression options proper now, all of which are open for programs, include semesters in Antwerp, Belgium Edinburgh and St. Andrews in Scotland Florence, Italy London and Salamanca, Spain. For quick-time period programs, 17 of 53 choices are outside of Europe.

The five prolonged-phrase examine abroad alternatives that at the moment exist are all in Western Europe. This could be owing to protection concerns linked with numerous components of the planet. Eastern Europe, which was fairly harmless prior to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, has been on inform in many spots, with the epicenter remaining jap Donbas. That becoming explained, pockets of the region are comparatively harmless. 

Most international locations outdoors of Europe and North The us are labeled as both “partly free” or “not free” by the Flexibility Residence index. Some nations are viewed as totally free having said that, becoming free of charge does not mechanically guarantee a practical democracy, and neighboring international locations could also lead to apprehension about sending pupils to that nation for a entire semester. Even a harmless and produced place these kinds of as Taiwan, which is in risk of staying invaded by China, in accordance to the Linked Push, can be problematic.

“At this level we are not on the lookout to broaden added study centers or exchange partnerships,” Kathleen Sensabaugh, director of review abroad at JMU’s Center for World Engagement (CGE), stated. “We are nevertheless in a rebuilding interval as we bounce back again from COVID, so our precedence now is to get all our JMU intercontinental study facilities back again on track to pre-pandemic numbers and continuing to foster current interactions with our trade associates.” 

Sensabaugh cited tendencies at JMU and nationwide that learners are deciding on to participate in shorter-phrase courses and that these developments should be noticed ahead of thinking of expanding any solutions. She also reported danger components these as psychological wellbeing assistance have to be thought of. Having said that, the CGE is open up to expanding alternatives, Sensabaugh said. 

If the CGE is ever to consider the growth of these plans over and above Europe, countries this sort of as Japan, Australia and New Zealand are viable alternatives for semester-very long examine overseas outings, as they’re somewhat secure and currently host brief-phrase courses.

Irrespective of troubles these as the fallout from COVID-19, which universities are even now recovering from, looking into increasing extensive-expression review overseas selections in the future would offer pupils an option to practical experience varied cultures. Nevertheless, it could possibly be essential to training warning although global tensions keep on being superior in some locations about the globe. Assuming these difficulties are inevitably settled in the around foreseeable future, it would be a great idea to consider these international locations for review abroad locations.


Patrick Hanover is a freshman political science main. Contact Patrick at [email protected] for additional editorials about the JMU and Harrisonburg communities, adhere to the viewpoint desk on Instagram and Twitter @Breeze_Impression.