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Returned Student Travelers Impacted by COVID-19

Welcome back, spring 2020 travelers. 

Each of you have had an incredibly unique experience traveling during the time of the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) and COVID-19. Some of you returned home early from a partial semester abroad, while others had your travel plans canceled as you were packing your bags. Some of you experienced spring break travel right as the world was recognizing the seriousness of the situation, and others are still abroad or away for medical reasons or flight cancelations.   

We hope that these resources will be helpful to you as you process this part of your journeys at Ohio University. Please contact global.opportunities@ohio.edu or your OGO advisor if you would like to chat 1-on-1 to discuss how COVID-19 has impacted your study away experience.

Continue to follow updates & guidelines from trusted sources - Ohio University Coronavirus Response Guide


Mental Health & Wellness

Stay physically and mentally well throughout the duration of this COVID-19 era and beyond. Check out some of these resources if you need a place to start. 

  • Ohio University Counseling & Psychological Services (CPS) - Call (740) 593-1616 to be connected with 24/7 CPS services. You may also have a preferred mental healthcare provider through your existing connections and insurance. Consult your insurance provider to find counselors outside of CPS, or use tele-mental health services like TalkSpace.

  • WellTrack (Free app) - a self-guided interactive online therapy program. WellTrack is free and confidential to Ohio University students. Other mindfulness apps: Calm (free during trial), Headspace (free during trial) 

  • Be Active! Be Connected! Be Yourself! Check out the Campus Recreation's At-Home Recreation and Well-Being Guide

Reentry/Intercultural Learning

You may be feeling like you've lost out on opportunities to grow from your abroad or away experiences. Trust us, you've still grown and learned a lot through this time, whether you recognize it or not! Pick one or two of these resources below if you are looking for some help processing the reentry experience in the context of COVID-19.

  • Academic Programs International (API) 2020 Re-entry Toolkit. API is one of our affiliated third-party providers. They've created a reentry toolkit to help returnees from any program reflect on the ways you have grown both personally and professionally. 

  • Early Return from Small Planet Studio. You can find great self-guided reentry activities specifically created for travelers impacted by COVID-19 through the organization Small Planet Studio, created by Dr. Cate Brubaker (an expert in reentry in the field of international education). You can start with a downloadable PDF of the Unexpected Re-entry activity.

  • Omprakash EdGE Online Course. Facing Pandemic: Solidarity & Storytelling Across Differences is an online course created by Omprakash, an organization focused on ethical and educational global engagement.  Connect with others across the globe as we all try to understand what COVID-19 means for our communities, ourselves, and our world. 

  • It Wasn't Supposed to be Like This. A mixture of study abroad and host country students studying photojournalism at the Danish School for Media and Journalism created this magazine during the Covid-19 shut down. Check out the story "Those Living In Between" on pages 34-47 to see how other students like you are thinking about their experiences. Do any of the stories resonate with you? 

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