April 8: Important Japan Fall 2021 Study Abroad Announcement

Dear Japan Study Abroad Students and Parents,

I am writing with an important update about the status of the Japan program.  As you know we were very hopeful for the return of study abroad in Japan this Fall.  Due to continued border restrictions and anticipated quarantine protocols, we have needed to closely evaluate our ability to run the Japan program.  After very careful consideration and evaluation, the Provost’s office made the difficult decision to cancel the CSB/SJU Fall 2021 Japan program. I know that this is very disappointing news, but this decision was based on the following factors:

  • Border closures: Japan’s borders remain closed and the Japanese government is not allowing international travelers or issuing student visas.  Japan has not set a timeline for the issuance of student visas.
  • Off-site quarantines:  If Japan’s borders were to re-open, it is anticipated there would be a government-supervised quarantine “off-site” of our Tokyo campus.  Our CSB/SJU COVID-19 risk mitigation policy is based on our ability to manage entry self-quarantines at our international partner campuses.  CSB/SJU is not able to provide the support and resources to students at off-site (non-partner) quarantine locations that we believe necessary to do all we can to ensure student safety.

We know this is an upsetting update as you were planning to spend the Fall semester in Japan, but we must take these factors seriously to ensure your safety and your ability to make forward academic progress in Fall 2021.

Your CGE Program Manager Jessica Dickau will be e-mailing you shortly with details on next steps.  Please know that in all cases, you can receive a full refund of the application fee, or you still have time to move to several Fall 2021 or Spring 2022 study abroad programs. 

We know this is not the Fall semester you had envisioned, but please know we are here to discuss the next steps moving forward with you. 


Kevin Clancy, Ph.D.

Director, Center for Global Education

College of Saint Benedict | Saint John’s University