COVID-19 Jan 28

China Cancellation

After a complete evaluation of the current situation in China, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the IFSA China programs for Spring 2020.

We appreciate your patience with the rapidly evolving Coronavirus situation in China and related program adjustments. Overnight, two U.S. government bodies raised their warnings with regard to travel to China:

  • The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) raised its advisory to a Warning Level 3, Avoid Nonessential Travel to China.
  • The U.S. State Department also raised its travel advisory for China to Level 3, Reconsider Travel.

In addition to these critical changes in key indicators, reports this morning indicate that Shanghai continues to face delays in the opening of universities and schools and a general shutdown of nonessential businesses. We recognize that many students were looking forward to studying in Shanghai, and we have taken this decision very seriously, placing priority on student health and safety.