UD cancels study abroad program in Italy as coronavirus advisories are issued


The University of Delaware canceled its spring study abroad program at John Cabot University in Rome as Italy becomes one of the epicenters for the coronavirus (COVID-19).

UD students enrolled there are advised to book flights to return to the United States as soon as possible. Students and their families received an email announcing the decision on Friday evening

On  Feb. 28, the U.S State Department and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention raised the travel advisory for Italy to Level 3. Travelers are urged to avoid all nonessential travel to Italy.

Lisa Chieffo, interim director of the Institute for Global Studies (IGS), said, “While there is no immediate threat at this time, we are taking this action now out of an abundance of caution for our students’ safety and wellbeing, With this priority in mind, their immediate return is the best course of action at this point.”

UD will be working with the 22 students enrolled in the program at John Cabot University to allow them to complete the semester, including an option to complete some coursework online.

For the latest UD updates on COVID-19, visit the  UD webpage at https://www.udel.edu/coronavirus.

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