The CGIS Brief

Designed to be 20-30 minutes in length, the CGIS Brief was created to give CGIS staff and prospective study abroad students an opportunity to have a conversation on various topics as a way to encourage students to start thinking more about their time abroad prior to departure. Topics range from heritage seeking, being an ally abroad, the pandemic, and more!

We encourage everyone to ask questions throughout the conversation or share out any insight of their own. Each event is co-facilitated by the CGIS Brief Team (Ashton, Callie and Stephen) every other Thursday at 3:00pm EST on Zoom!

Event Accommodations:

Do you need any accommodations that we should know about (disability, dietary needs, etc.)? We encourage you to share this information with us as early as possible, so we can put in place any reasonable accommodations. Please contact the CGIS Accommodations email ( to submit an accommodations request.

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How has COVID-19 changed the landscape of study abroad? What does study abroad during a pandemic even look like? How can you study abroad while still staying safe? We’ll be answering these questions and more during this brief in collaboration with CGIS’ Senior Health and Safety Advisor Rachel Reuter and Barcelona SAE’s Founder & CEO Rich Kurtzman. Rich joins us from Barcelona where he will be providing on-the-ground insight on how the people of Barcelona and throughout Spain are navigating the pandemic. If you plan to study abroad this summer or fall, especially in Spain, you don’t want to miss this opportunity! 

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