ISA Worldwide Alerts

The following alerts are to the best of ISA's knowledge gathered from direct observation, U.S. Department of State recommendations, Overseas Security Advisory Council reports, CDC and WHO guidance, and expert consultation. Information is subject to change.

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  • April 3rd, 2020
    As we continue to assess the ongoing developments with COVID-19 here and abroad, ISA has made the very difficult decision to cancel all ISA Summer programs with start dates in May and June 2020.  At this time ISA is not canceling any programs that have a start date in July 2020 or later. ISA will be reaching out to enrolled students over the coming days to discuss alternative options, including deferring to later programs.

    ISA is in regular communication with our host university partners who are working on adjusting deadlines and start dates for Fall programs to allow more time for decision making. ISA will continue to monitor the fast-moving developments related to COVID-19 and provide significant updates to students, their parents, and our U.S. partner institutions as we look forward to hosting students on future programs.


  • March 19, 2020
    On March 19th, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) raised their Global Health Advisory to Level 4: Do Not Travel. In the update, the DOS advises U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the impact of the COVID-19 virus. Additionally, U.S. citizens abroad are urged to arrange for an immediate return to the United States, unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.
    At this time, all ISA programs worldwide have been suspended and students advised to return home. The majority of ISA students have already departed their program location; and those who have not yet arranged travel back to the U.S. have been notified of the update to the DOS advisory level. ISA is working to support students still on-site in making their final transportation arrangements and is liaising with host institutions abroad regarding student academics. 
    ISA continues to monitor developments related to COVID-19 and will provide significant updates to students, their parents, and our U.S. partner institutions.


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For further information, please refer to ISA’s Health and Safety section, particularly the information regarding the monitoring of world-wide security levels.