March 12: London Announcement

Dear CSB/SJU London study abroad students, parents, and guardians,

We appreciate your flexibility as CSB/SJU continues to manage the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic across the globe, especially in Europe. Moreover, we thank you for your patience as we have carefully evaluated the recent advisories from the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Center for Disease Control.  Our primary concern remains to be the health, safety, and well-being of our students and staff around the world. 

Today, after very careful evaluation, the Provost’s office made the decision to suspend our London program.  At this time, we ask students to begin the work of changing your flights to return as soon as possible and no later than Tuesday, March 17th.

CSB/SJU has made the decision to suspend the London program based on many factors, that include:

  • An elevation by the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to Alert Level 2 in the United Kingdom and Warning Level 3 for the nearby Schengen zone.
  • The U.S. Department of State has issued an elevated Global Level 3 Health Advisory.
  • The continued evolution of U.S. and European government actions and travel restrictions that may complicate a students’ return home.
  • We are aware of several peer U.S. institutions who have also come to the difficult conclusion that they must suspend their London study abroad programs.

We know this is a very upsetting decision for our students who were hoping to complete the semester abroad, but we must take these recent developments seriously, and respond accordingly, to support the health and safety of our students.  As such, we are requiring that all London students depart their program as soon as possible, but no later than Tuesday, March 17, and return to their home residence for the remainder of the semester.  When changing your ticket, please state to the airline that you were mandated by your university to return home in response to the recent developments with COVID-19 to potentially help defray change fee costs. 

Students, stay tuned for more instructions on the continuation of your academic coursework.  Please be assured that we are working out a plan for you to receive full academic credit for your course work/internship.  More details will follow soon.

Please contact our team at [email protected] with further questions or concerns.  Thank you for your patience as we continue to navigate these changing circumstances together. 

Sincerely,

Kevin Clancy

Director, Center for Global Education