UConn Cancels Study Abroad + Other Travel Due to Coronavirus
Even though there have not been any officially reported cases of the coronavirus in Connecticut, UConn has banned all study abroad and travel programs.
On Friday (February 28) the University canceled all student travel to China and South Korea indefinitely, then, according to msm.com, the University sent out a letter to students and parents Saturday morning, informing them of their decision to cancel their study abroad programs in Italy, a country hit extra hard by the virus.
Some 300 students from UConn are currently studying in 29 countries, including 88 students studying in Italy.
The University has notified students to pack up and head back to Connecticut as soon as possible. The University is working closely with all their students studying abroad to coordinate flights back to the U.S. They also announced they will be providing these students online and remote learning opportunities to complete their academic requirements when they return. Officials at UConn made the decision after new guidance was issued late last week by the CDC, the Center for Disease Control.
Other Connecticut Universities have also joined the University of Connecticut in recalling their students from study abroad programs including Trinity College, Fairfield University, University of New Haven, Yale University, Wesleyan University, Quinnipiac University, Eastern Connecticut State University, and Central Connecticut State University.