The International Programs Office (IPO) at Reed is responsible for a variety of services for the Reed Community centered around enhancing global opportunities. For additional information, please also reach out to:

For questions related to study abroad: Allison Blizzard,

For questions related to F and J visas: Gwen Sandford,

For questions about language scholars: Anne Ha,

Study Abroad at Reed During COVID-19

Spring 2022: The application deadlines for Spring 2022 have passed. As of December 6, 2021, the U.S. Department of State has designated the following countries as level 4 ("do not travel"): Botswana, Costa Rica, Cuba, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, Russia, South Africa, Tanzania, Turkey, United Kingdom. In addition, Australia, China, and Taiwan are not permitting student travel. Thus, all programs in these countries have been cancelled. 

If your program has been cancelled, you have the following options:

  • go with an alternative program in a level 2 or 3 country (if you had already applied and been accepted -- and -- if there is still enough time to obtain the required travel documents),
  • go in an alternative semester, or
  • go independently by taking a leave of absence.

If your destination country is at level 2 or 3 (as of December 6, 2021: Argentina, Ecuador, Egypt, Italy, Peru, Spain, Turks and Caicos), your program will continue to be "Reed-approved" and we'll continue to work toward spring study abroad for you. However, if your destination country moves to level 4:

  • before you depart the US, Reed will cancel the program (even last minute). 
  • while you are abroad, you will be asked to return to the US. 

In addition, you will need to be fully vaccinated for COVID before departure and adhere to all health/safety precautions while abroad. You will also need to sign a risk awareness document that outlines the health/safety risks, financial risks, and other risks, e.g. not being able to complete the program and/or losing credit. 

The situation worldwide is still precarious, both due to COVID and various geopolitical situations. So, it is important for us to be cautious while still trying to support you in your academic goals, both here on Reed campus as well as out in the world. Your safety matters to us.

Please direct your questions to Allison Blizzard (


Fall 2022: Reed students considering study abroad in Fall 2022 (or beyond) should email Allison Blizzard ( to set up an appointment. We are planning to resume full programming in Fall 2022, but continue to check back on this web page and/or email Allison for more information about developments around study abroad health and safety for Reed students.