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Emory discontinuing on-site study abroad programs


An adapted version of this message was sent to undergraduate students studying abroad through Emory College Study Abroad and Goizueta Business School BBA Study Abroad at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 12, 2020.  

Subject: Emory discontinuing on-site study abroad programs

Dear study abroad students,

In our email to you yesterday, we offered all study abroad students the option to return home and continue their studies remotely as programs permit. Since then, President Trump announced that most travel from Europe to the U.S. will be restricted for 30 days, and Emory University has decided to extend spring break and move to remote learning. We are reaching out to follow-up on our previous email amid the changing international landscape.

As these changes highlight, international travel is growing increasingly inaccessible. Emory University is discontinuing all on-site study abroad programs. At this time, we are directing all study abroad students to return home and continue their studies remotely.

We remain committed to working with you directly to determine the best method to maintain academic continuity. In most cases, this will mean completing online coursework provided by your current program or university abroad. If an online option is not available, we will work with you to make a contingency plan. These changes will obviously disrupt your semester plans. We ask that you be patient as we work with you to find an individualized solution for the remainder of your semester.  

Every student will have unique circumstances to consider when making plans to return home. Students who are not U.S. citizens, have underlying medical conditions, or have other extenuating circumstances should move quickly to make travel plans. If you are a non-U.S. citizen, you should arrange to travel immediately to a location that is suitable to remain for the semester. If you have an underlying medical condition, you should make plans to travel to the best location in which you will be able to maintain the level of care that you require. If you have these or any other extenuating circumstances, please reach out to your study abroad advisor for advice or resources specific to your needs.

Emory University is currently reviewing international travel policies, including study abroad, and you will receive more direction in the coming days. Our current understanding is that all students returning from countries with a CDC Level 3 Travel Health Notice for COVID-19 will be instructed by public health authorities to quarantine for 14 days upon return to the United States and practice social distancing.

The circumstances that have resulted from this global health crisis are frequently changing, and we know that this can cause uncertainty, particularly when you are traveling abroad. We hope that this advice will help you to make more informed decisions about your next steps. 

Do not hesitate to reach out to your study abroad advisor with any concerns so that we can connect you with resources and support as you transition home.

Sincerely,

Emory College Study Abroad | Goizueta BBA Study Abroad