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CORONAVIRUS UPDATES AS OF MAR. 10, 2020

 

Dear Aggies,

We understand that the outbreak and spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) is concerning to all travelers, and we want to assure you that we are working to make informed decisions about Texas A&M Education Abroad programs.

We are currently monitoring the situation with our global partners and are consulting our international insurance provider, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the TAMU Risk Management Office regularly for additional guidance. Our international partners are closely watching local situations, and taking all necessary measures to ensure campus communities are as protected as possible.

As of today, March 10, 2020, all programs traveling to areas listed by the CDC as Level 1, 2, or 3 for COVID-19 have been suspended. To date, those destinations include China, South Korea, Iran, Italy, Japan, and Hong Kong. Effective March 16, the university has also suspended all Texas A&M sponsored international travel through May 1. This means that if you are a student or a faculty member preparing to depart for an international experience abroad between March 16 and May 1, your trip has been suspended and you should make alternative arrangements.  We will be communicating with students impacted by this restriction as soon as possible.

The University has not canceled summer programs departing after May 1 at this time. To date, we have not canceled the spring semester programs currently in progress in countries that do not have a CDC Coronavirus Travel notice. We are actively monitoring countries with increased levels of COVID-19 to determine the best course of action.

We understand that some colleges may choose to cancel their programs scheduled to depart after May 1 independently of the university’s current policy. Communication about any change to or cancellation of a program will come from Education Abroad, your affiliate provider, the lead faculty member for your trip, or any combination of the three. If you have not received any such communication, please plan to depart as scheduled.  

With consultation and guidance from the Provost and her Executive Leadership team, we are working to make and implement decisions about education abroad at Texas A&M College Station.  We understand that canceling a program or returning students from abroad may have academic, emotional, and financial implications for students and their families. With this knowledge, we are trying to make sound decisions and communicate those decisions clearly to all invested parties.  We will do everything possible to meet the needs of our students and to help them to achieve the goals of their education abroad programs.

Please be aware that Texas A&M University will be closed for Spring Break beginning Wednesday, March 11, and will reopen on Monday, March 16. During this time, Education Abroad will not be in the office to answer calls and will not be able to process any business transactions.
 
We will be monitoring the abroad@tamu.edu and ea-covid19@tamu.edu emails regularly. While we will try to respond within 24 hours, some inquiries may take longer resolve.

We will continue to communicate with students, families, and faculty regarding the situation. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any additional questions.

Sincerely,

Education Abroad at Texas A&M University
ph: 979.845.0544  | abroad.tamu.edu | ea-covid19@tamu.edu