March 5th, 2020
The University of Florida International Center continues to closely monitor the global COVID-19 (coronavirus) situation. The health and safety of UF students is our highest priority, and our decisions about program closures and cancellations reflect this commitment. UF is aware of the recent (March 1, 2020) CDC statement concerning study abroad students. We will continue to evaluate our programs based on CDC country-specific travel notices, as well as the guidance of the U.S. State Department and other relevant governing bodies and authorities. UF will not allow students to study abroad in countries with the following:
- CDC Warning Level 3 (Avoid Nonessential Travel)
- State Department Travel Advisory of 3 (Reconsider Travel) or 4 (Do Not Travel)
Spring Programs Update
All UF programs in China, South Korea, and Italy have been cancelled and students have been asked to return home. No new programs will be initiated in Japan until further notice. This includes faculty-led and exchange programs as well as provider and direct-enroll programs.
Summer Programs Update
Most summer programs are continuing as planned, however, the COVID-19 situation is rapidly evolving and any updates to or cancellations of currently planned programs will be communicated promptly.
Due to the CDC and U.S. State Department travel notices in China, Italy, and South Korea we are suspending operation of all Summer 2020 study abroad programs in the aforementioned countries. The UFIC will work with affected students to identify alternative program options when necessary. Students who have paid non-refundable program deposits or application fees to the UFIC will receive a full refund.
For the most up-to-date UF guidance on international travel and the COVID-19 outbreak please see the memos posted at: http://www.ufl.edu/health-updates/