Update to students studying abroad and their families

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e are writing to provide updated information about the coronavirus, also known as COVID-19. There are several important updates since our last communication. Most notably, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has elevated its travel warning for a number of European countries to Level 3 – its highest warning level – which means it is recommending travelers avoid all nonessential travel to the country.  In addition, while the newly announced travel restrictions by the U.S. government for travelers returning from several European countries do not impact U.S. citizens’ ability to return to the U.S., we realize this creates additional uncertainty for students remaining overseas. 

As a result, we are strongly advising all of our students currently studying abroad to return to the U.S. This includes students in Australia, the United Kingdom and all European countries.

All our host university partners will be supporting distance learning options to ensure students can complete their academics and receive full credit for the semester.  If you have any questions or concerns, please email mark.tortora@qu.edu

ACTION NEEDED: Once your travel plans are confirmed for your return to the U.S., please email that information to mark.tortora@qu.edu This will help us monitor your safe return to the U.S. and support the setup of your online programming as needed. We also request a copy of your confirmed date of entry back into the U.S.

IMPORTANT NOTES: 

  • Although we do not know exactly how newly announced travel restrictions may affect our students’ ability to immediately depart from Europe, no student or family member should worry if they are unable to secure an immediate flight home to the United States. No QU student will be forced to vacate their housing before they are able to find transportation options to return home.
  • Travelers returning to the United States from a country with a level 2 or 3 warning designation by the CDC may be subject to additional screening measures.  You can find helpful information about screening procedures here: travel.state.gov
  • All students returning from overseas are required to self-isolate at home for a minimum of 14 days.

We fully appreciate the challenges and disrupted plans these program closures present and are deeply appreciative to each of you for your cooperation as we address this important health issue. We wish you safe travels home.

With very kind regards,

Jennifer Brown
Interim Provost and Executive Vice President

Mark Tortora
Associate Director of Education Abroad Programs