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Fall Semester 2020 Cancelled

June 30, 2020

Given the uncertainty associated with the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Seinan Gakuin University had to make a difficult decision to cancel all inbound and outbound Fall 2020 exchange programs (August to December 2020).

Inbound programs:
The Japanese government announced on July 29, 2020 that entry restrictions for foreign passport holders would be extended until the end of July and visa issuance services would continue to be suspended. As a result, the government’s decision makes it impossible for incoming students to obtain a student visa to enter Japan in a timely manner. We reached this conclusion after taking into consideration students’ safety and any expenses that this might cost.

Outbound programs:
The Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs has designated all the nations and regions where our exchange program partners are located as “Level 3”, which means “do not travel to these places”, or “Level 2”, which means “do not travel unless absolutely necessary” in its Infection Risk Level. The programs organized by Center for International Education can only be held at Level 1 or lower in these indexes. Moreover, many nations and regions have set up strict entry restrictions by suspending visas and/or banning non-citizens from crossing their borders. Unfortunately, these restrictions are unlikely to be lifted any time soon.

The cancellation of the inbound/outbound program is terribly disappointing decision and this is the very first time we had to cancel the program in these decades. We are hopeful that the situation will improve over the next few months and that we will be able to send/receive students in near future.

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