On June 29, 2020, Education Abroad distributed notifications to all accepted study abroad students for the fall 2020 semester. Please see below for a summary of that announcement, which includes considerations for both Temple and non-Temple students.
After a thorough review of current circumstances and much discussion with our colleagues in Japan and on Main Campus, Temple University will not be able to offer the fall semester study abroad program at Temple Japan.
This was a very difficult decision to make, but unfortunately, COVID-19 has presented many challenges resulting in circumstances that are out of our control, most notably immigration restrictions. The Japanese government’s entry ban impacting citizens from many countries around the world remains in effect. Restrictions have begun to ease, but only for a limited number of travelers from a few countries. We expect the opening to be slow, and there is no indication that the entry ban will be lifted anytime soon for citizens from countries, including the U.S., where COVID-19 is not well-contained. The Japanese immigration authorities will not begin issuing Certificates of Eligibility or visas until entry restrictions are lifted. Given the timing of the program, there will not be sufficient time to obtain student visas by the scheduled departure date.
We know this news is disappointing to you; we share your sadness and frustration about the loss of this learning opportunity. Please know that this decision was not taken lightly. We look forward to working with many of you on plans to study abroad in a future term, and we wish you and yours continued health and safety.
Please see below for information related to the program cancellation and future study abroad plans.
TU students: Any program or housing deposits you made via the study abroad portal will be credited to your next Temple bill.
Non-TU students: If you made deposit(s) toward the program and are not planning to defer to the spring 2021 term, your deposit(s) will be refunded to you. If your permanent or mailing address has changed, please email Japan Program Manager Maddy Sullivan (firstname.lastname@example.org) by July 7.
If we awarded you a scholarship for the fall semester and you defer your enrollment to the spring, your scholarship will be transferred to the spring 2021 Temple Japan program.
Study Abroad in Future Semesters
As we have already informed accepted students, we are expecting a reduced capacity and high volume of applications for the spring 2021 semester at Temple Japan. If you have not yet opened an application for the spring semester, you may do so here: Temple Japan Application. As the priority deferral deadline has passed, we are unable to transfer your acceptance to the spring 2021 term at this time, but you are welcome to submit your application to be reconsidered. We can copy over a number of materials from your fall application. We strongly encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible, as waitlists are likely. If you would like to have your application copied to the spring term, please email Japan Program Manager Maddy Sullivan (email@example.com) to discuss the details.
If you are interested in studying abroad in summer 2021, the application for the 10-week summer program at Temple Japan is now open. Please visit our website for more details and to access the application. We can copy over a number of materials from your fall application. We strongly encourage early application. If you would like to have your application copied to the summer term, please email Japan Program Manager Maddy Sullivan (firstname.lastname@example.org) to discuss the details.
Terms Beyond Summer 2021
If you are interested in any term beyond summer 2021, please email Japan Program Manager Maddy Sullivan (email@example.com).
Additional Information for Temple Students
If you are in need of fall semester housing in Philadelphia as a result of this program cancellation, please refer to the housing email sent by our office on June 25.