March 15: South Africa Announcement

Dear South Africa study abroad students, parents, and guardians,

The world has witnessed unprecedented volatility in the last few days.  There has been a chain reaction of impacts since the European travel ban was imposed on Friday. As international airline carriers have cut their capacity and other countries are imposing travel restrictions, this has led CSB/SJU re-evaluate our South Africa program. 

Today, after very careful evaluation, the Provost’s office made the decision to suspend our South Africa 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 Wednesday, March 18th.

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

  • The changing nature of the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) that includes most of Europe, which is now a Level 3 Travel Health Notice.
  • The U.S. Department of State has issued an elevated Global Level 3 Health Advisory.
  • A worldwide decrease in flight routes and capacity.  Many of the air routes used by our South Africa study abroad students are being impacted.
  • The continued evolution of U.S. and world government actions that put in travel restrictions that may complicate a students’ return home.

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 and ability for us students to return home. When changing tickets, please be aware of potential disruptions if you are flying through CDC Level 3 Countries in Europe, Iran, or Asia. Please check with your airlines to re-confirm if you can transit through these countries.

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/service learning.  More details on that will follow in the coming week.

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.  We will get through this time together. 

Sincerely,

Kevin Clancy

Director, Center for Global Education