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.
March 22, 2023
ISA has been closely following developments related to demonstrations and multi-sector service strikes across France in response to the government's pension reform. In Paris, intermittent strikes and demonstrations have resulted in disruption to transportation and sanitation services, among others, as well as street closures. Air traffic controllers and railway workers announced plans to strike on March 23, 2023, when demonstrations are also scheduled to take place.
The ISA Paris resident staff have been regularly communicating with students on areas to avoid during planned demonstrations, as students are not permitted to participate in or observe demonstrations. The ISA Paris staff continue to advise students on best practices to get around the city during transportation strikes and where to find the most up to date information from ISA, local authorities, as well as their host institutions. Classes for students attending The American Business School Paris have exceptionally been moved online for March 23rd, while classes at the Institut Catholique de Paris are continuing as normal.
Further strikes and demonstrations can be expected. The ISA Paris staff will continue to advise students, and we will monitor all developments and update this alert accordingly.
March 1, 2023
Late Tuesday night, February 28, a fatal train crash occurred outside of the city of Larissa, Greece, approximately 235 miles north of Athens. Authorities are still investigating the cause of the accident and advising the public to avoid the area.
All ISA students participating in the Spring 2023 program in Athens are safe and accounted for. Students have been encouraged to be in touch with their families at home. ISA will continue to monitor the situation and advise students accordingly.
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