The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of the United States has released assistance for institutes of further education with students participating in foreign exchange or study abroad programs.
The CDC offers an advice to students consider postponing or canceling student for foreign exchange programs and has released the following type of message:
Given the global outbreak of this vastly growing coronavirus (COVID-19) institutes of higher education should consider postponing or canceling newly coming student foreign exchange programs. IHEs should give full consideration in asking current program participants to return to their home country.
Those overseeing student foreign exchange programs should be in knowledge that students may face unpredictable situations, travel restrictions, and wide variety of challenges in returning home or accessing health care while abroad.
IHEs should consider asking students participating in the study abroad programs to return to the U.S.
Institutes of higher education should work with state and local public health officials to determine the best type of approach for when and how (e.g., chartered transportation for countries or areas assessed as high-risk for exposure) their international students might return. All the plans for returning international students should be designed to build a protective layer to participants from stigma and discrimination.
The coronavirus situation is dynamic in its own sense. Given the speed of spread and the number of countries experiencing human-to-human transmission in a wide range, IHEs should evaluate the major risks associated with choosing to maintain a proper program abroad and take the appropriate proactive measures.
Higher Education Institutes that continue to provide study abroad programs should monitor Visamonthly.com for additional information.