Harding University of Searcy said Tuesday that it is reopening its international campuses for students studying abroad.
The private Christian liberal arts university closed its international campuses in spring 2020, beginning with its Florence, Italy, campus in February, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But after a decrease in COVID-19 cases locally and globally, an increase in vaccinations and extensive planning, the university said it will reopen campuses this summer.
“I am grateful for the tireless efforts of International Programs staff across the globe who have spent the last year coordinating with local partners in our program locations to develop plans to mitigate the risks of COVID-19 and reopen our international campuses to study abroad students,” Audra Pleasant, the international program’s executive director, said in a news release.
“We have spent months planning, hoping and praying together, and are overjoyed to celebrate the return of study abroad to Harding this summer.”
The university said each program has a plan for handling COVID-19 cases, getting health care and responding to potential outbreaks in order to follow safety protocols while traveling.
Study abroad programs available during the summer include Greece, Florence and England, along with a few other department programs. Additional programs in Australasia, Latin America and Zambia will be offered in the fall and spring semester, the university said.
Harding University is the largest private university in the state.