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.

  • Lima and Cusco

    December 19, 2022


    ISA has been closely following developments related to political and civil unrest in Peru after the impeachment and arrest of former President Pedro Castillo on December 7th. Protests have resulted in airport closures, train cancellations, and road closures. On December 14, a 30-day State of Emergency was announced.

    ISA continues to regularly review reports from our locally-based resident staff in Lima and Cusco, the US Department of State, and our private security advisors. In Cusco, the airport has reopened, and the ISA resident staff have reported that while regional demonstrations and strikes are still occurring, the situation in the city of Cusco is calm and businesses are operating normally. At this time, we do not anticipate any schedule changes to our Spring 2023 program in Cusco, which is scheduled to begin on January 27th. ISA will continue to monitor the situation very closely and provide students and our partner universities with updates accordingly.

  • Athens

    July 19, 2022

    On July 19th, wildfires started in Mount Penteli, about 16 miles northeast of central Athens. While firefighters respond to the blaze, authorities have ordered the evacuation of four nearby areas: Drafi, Anthousa, Dioni, and Dasamari.

    Although the fires can be seen from central Athens, ISA students do not live or study in the vicinity of the wildfires. ISA Athens resident staff has been in communication with students to advise them on areas to avoid and precautions to take to stay healthy. At this time, ISA does not anticipate any changes to the summer program as a result of the fires. ISA is continuing to monitor the situation, including air quality in central Athens, and will advise students appropriately. The ISA Athens resident staff remains available to support students, and ISA will update this Worldwide Alert as necessary.
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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.


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