Update: Thursday, March 5, 2020, 10:00 AM CET
CEPA has been continuously monitoring developments of the respiratory illness caused by the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) ever since the first outbreak was identified in Wuhan, China.
In addition to reviewing the CDC, US State Department, and WHO announcements and reports, we are also monitoring national and local health ministries in Europe as well as the additional guidance from the following organizations:
Based on all sources of information, we are:
- monitoring program locations in Europe regarding the spread of COVID-19 on a daily basis
- working closely with staff and coordinators on site in Europe to communicate additional guidelines and recommended safety measures
- providing students at our locations in France and Germany information about personal health considerations, resources, and additional precautions to take while traveling
As of February 28, 2020, the US State Department and CDC have issued a travel advisory to avoid all non-essential travel to Italy. Several airlines have issued limited and variable travel exception policies for travel to Italy. Study abroad programs to the to Lombardy and Veneto regions in Italy have been canceled due to the US State Department Level 4 travel advisory.
All other Spring, Summer, and Fall 2020 programs across Europe are continuing as planned until further notice from CEPA or the university partner.
We will provide updates should travel advisory levels in other European countries be heightened.
The safety, security, and well-being of our students, faculty, and staff are of utmost importance to CEPA. Thankfully, we have not received any reports of students or staff in Europe or the US being sickened by the coronavirus. We are making every effort within our means to support program participants and their home universities in finding safe and feasible solutions.
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have additional questions or concerns.