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CORONAVIRUS UPDATES AS OF Mar. 6, 2020

 

Dear Aggies,

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 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 6, 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. The university has not officially suspended travel areas not on that list. However, we understand that some colleges may choose to cancel their programs independently of the university’s current policy.  We have not decided to cancel the spring semester programs currently in progress in countries that do not have a CDC Coronavirus Travel notice. We have not canceled any summer programs at this time. 
 

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.

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