After two years of declining enrollment that was undoubtedly due to the COVID-19 pandemic, study abroad programs are regaining their popularity. In May 2022, Education Abroad at Texas Global, which coordinates international engagement efforts at the University of Texas at Austin, reported that 1,500 students were scheduled to travel for formal study programs in the summer of 2022. That figure is nearly seven times higher than it was in 2021. Not surprisingly, faculty-led study abroad programs also increased dramatically between 2021 and 2022. For example, Education Abroad reports that, as quarantine restrictions were relaxed across much of the globe between 2021 and 2022, faculty-led programs at UT increased from six to at least 54.
September 26, 2023