Students at CU Boulder will not be able to study in China or South Korea for the spring and summer 2020 semesters due to coronavirus.
Travel advisories from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have led to the suspension of study abroad programs at colleges and universities across the country, including the University of Colorado Boulder. For anyone who has benefited from the experience gained from studying abroad, they can easily say that this is soul-crushing news for students who planned to see the world and gain a once-in-a-lifetime adventure. All the same, public safety is the number one priority.
The CDC declared China and South Korea as "Warning Level 3," which means that travelers need to avoid all nonessential travel to those countries. Other countries that have been flagged for travel warnings include Iran, Italy, and Japan. While it's too soon to tell, the uncertain future concerning the spread of coronavirus could lead to more schools pausing studying abroad programs—which means students need to create backup plans to earn credits for their course of study, particularly if it involves foreign languages or international business.
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