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UNC cancels all spring 2020 study abroad programs

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Updated March 17, 6:55 p.m.: UNC is canceling all spring 2020 study abroad and international academic programs in every country in the world, according to a campus-wide email sent Tuesday. 

The University is also canceling any study abroad programs scheduled to begin between now and July 1. 

"The University is communicating with affected students about their return  to the United States or home country, and their academic continuation options," the email said. 

The email said this does not apply to graduate and professional students who are not in academic programs. 

Updated March 15, 5:20 p.m.: UNC has extended cancellations of spring 2020 study abroad programs to include all academic programs in the United Kingdom and Ireland, according to a Sunday email from Barbara Stephenson, vice provost for global affairs and chief global officer. 

The countries were designated with a Level 3 Travel notice by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on March 15. According to the message, university officials are continuing to monitor the situation.

Spring 2020 study abroad programs to European countries with Level 3 (Avoid Nonessential Travel) travel advisories from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have been canceled in response to the spread of coronavirus, according to a campus-wide email sent Thursday. 

The countries include: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein,  Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway,  Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland,  Monaco, San Marino and Vatican City.

The email, sent by Vice Provost for Global Affairs and Chief Global Officer Barbara Stephenson, said the University is communicating with students in these areas about their return to the U.S. and their academic continuation options. 

"University officials continue to monitor the situation and will provide additional updates if recommendations change or as other circumstances warrant it," Stephenson said in the email. 

The University previously announced that all UNC-affiliated travel outside the state of North Carolina is prohibited. UNC also extended spring break by a week and announced that the majority of classes will begin remote teaching on March 23 in a campus-wide email Wednesday. 

Additionally, summer 2020 study abroad programs through the College of Arts and Sciences were canceled Thursday. 

For updates on how UNC is responding to coronavirus, check the University's designated website.

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