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 18th, 2020

    On the morning of March 18th, ISA communicated with students, parents, and home university advisors the decision to suspend all programs in Australia and New Zealand. ISA resident staff in both countries are closely supporting students as they arrange transportation to the U.S. Affected students will continue to have access to ISA resident staff, housing and insurance while they actively make preparations to depart.

    ISA continues to be in contact with all host institutions in Australia and New Zealand to discuss academic options available to complete their coursework remotely or online. Once those details are finalized, ISA will be in direct communication with students and recommends students continue to communicate directly with their professors.

    Additionally, and in light of ongoing global developments with COVID-19, ISA has made the difficult decision to cancel all ISA programs with a start date in May 2020. ISA will be reaching out to enrolled students over the coming days to discuss alternative options, including deferring to later programs. 

    Though ISA has now suspended all Spring 2020 programs, we continue to monitor fast-moving developments related to COVID-19 and will continue to provide significant updates to students, their parents, and our U.S. partner institutions as we look forward to hosting students on future programs.


  • March 16, 2020

    As of March 15th, in addition to previously suspended ISA programs in China, South Korea and the Schengen Area, ISA has made the difficult decision to also suspend ISA programs in the following destinations: United Kingdom, Ireland, Morocco, Thailand, Japan, Vietnam, South Africa, and all program locations in Latin America.

    The ISA resident staff have communicated with all ISA students and have been assisting them in their prompt return to the U.S. Although their semesters have been suspended, ISA support (e.g. access to resident staff, housing, insurance) will still be available to students while they actively make plans to return home. ISA is in contact with all host institutions to discuss the academic options available for students to complete their coursework from a distance. We will continue to communicate with students and our university partners regarding these options.

    ISA continues to monitor fast-moving developments related to COVID-19 and will provide any significant update to students, their parents, and our U.S. partner institutions 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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