| by Carlos Vélez

Schools Abroad

Dear Study Abroad Students,

I wanted to reach out to all of you with information related to the coronavirus situation. Some of you may already have received country-specific information from your on-site program staff. I know this is the case for those of you enrolled in some of Middlebury’s Schools Abroad. I write to ask all of you to follow the advice you’re receiving both from your on-site staff as well as from local emergency officials.

Your health and well-being are our top priority. Please take appropriate measures to keep yourself and others healthy and to help limit the spread of illness. For everyone’s safety, there may be restrictions in place on large public gatherings, including the celebrations of national holidays or campuswide events at local universities. We ask that you follow local news and updates from staff on any such restrictions. Your programs may ask or require you to stay home if you aren’t feeling well. You may be asked to self-quarantine for 14 days if you’ve traveled to a region where you may have been exposed to coronavirus or if you have come in contact with someone who is currently ill or may be a carrier of the disease.

We understand that students often take advantage of their time abroad to travel to other countries, either on weekends or during school breaks. Given the uncertainty of the spread of the coronavirus, we are advising students against making any travel plans at this time. If you purchase tickets for a particular destination which is no longer advisable to visit by the time your trip is scheduled to happen, you will likely not receive a refund for your tickets. Restrictions on travel to certain regions or countries have already been imposed, and you should consult on-site staff and local emergency sites for questions on regional travel.

As the situation has been evolving fairly rapidly, we ask you to follow our advice and be vigilant about your health and wellness, as well as that of others. More information on the coronavirus and precautions you can take can be found online at the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization.

I hope you are having an enjoyable and productive experience abroad.

 

Sincerely,

Carlos Vélez
Dean of International Programs