Fordham University senior Coralie Jean-Francois has dreamed of studying in Paris since she took high school French. So when colleges shut down international academic programs because of the pandemic, she was devastated.

Now, in her final semester, she has the greenlight to buy her plane tickets to study abroad in January. Jean-Francois is among many college students, primarily seniors, in the tri-state area who have had to wait out the pandemic to study abroad.

As international education programs slowly reopen this academic year, they are reporting at or near pre-pandemic levels of enrollment despite the very limited offerings and evolving COVID-19 concerns and travel restrictions.

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