CORONAVIRUS UPDATES AS OF FEB. 28, 2020
We understand that the outbreak and spread of the Coronavirus 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 have consulted our international insurance provider, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the TAMU Risk Management Office for guidance. Our international partners are closely watching local situations, and taking all necessary measures to ensure campus communities are as protected as possible.
At this time, the CDC is not recommending canceling or postponing worldwide travel. We have decided not to cancel spring semester or summer term programs in Europe or Japan. However, we have decided to cancel spring break trips to countries with the CDC Level 2 Travel Notice. This includes official university travel to Italy and Japan. The decision to cancel the spring break trips is due to the WHO recommendation that travelers to Level 2 countries should self-quarantine upon return to the U.S. As such, we feel that imposing the self-quarantine on spring break travelers would negatively impact the remainder of their spring semester.
The Texas A&M University System has suspended all university travel to China and South Korea, including study abroad programs.
The Education Abroad leadership team will continue to provide updates to our current and future participants and their emergency contacts. We will follow best practices and official guidance and will do our best to share new information as it is available to us. 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.
If a Texas A&M Education Abroad program is canceled by the university due to the Coronavirus, we will work to ensure that students receive a full refund of their program fee.
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.
Education Abroad at Texas A&M University
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