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 4, 2022
ISA is constantly monitoring the security situation across Europe following Russia's invasion of Ukraine. Our thoughts are with the Ukranian people and all those affected by this conflict.
ISA does not host any programs in Ukraine or Russia or nearby Belarus and Moldova. Participants are prohibited from traveling independently to these countries during their program.
We have been in contact with our teams in Europe and our program locations remain safe for our students. At this time, we are not making any changes to Spring 2022 programs currently in progress and expect them to run as planned. We also do not anticipate any alterations to upcoming Summer 2022 programs and look forward to welcoming those students abroad soon.
ISA Resident Staff continue to support students abroad and have reminded students of resources available in the event they need additional support processing the events taking place in Ukraine. Our Health and Safety team will continue to follow developments closely and, should any program adjustments need to be made, we will immediately communicate those with our students and U.S. partner institutions.
England and Scotland
February 14, 2022
Today, February 14th, the University and College Union in the United Kingdom launched ten days of strikes to protest cuts to the pension scheme, pay, and working conditions put forward by Universities UK, a group representing institutions of higher education across the UK. The strike will spread out over three weeks and impact 44 universities in the country.
The strike action is planned for the following dates:
Week 1: 5 days - Monday 14 to Friday 18 February
Week 2: 2 days - Monday 21 and Tuesday 22 February
Week 3: 3 days - Monday 28 February, Tuesday 1, and Wednesday 2 March
ISA host institutions are working to mitigate the impact of industrial action on the students on their campuses and will communicate directly with them, where needed, about next steps. Students are being advised to attend classes as normal, and to continue to check their email for updates from their host university, their professors, and/or ISA regarding any potential course suspensions. ISA resident staff have notified all ISA students across the UK of the strike and areas where picket lines are expected to occur. Students have been reminded to avoid any protests or demonstrations and to contact ISA staff with questions. ISA will continue to monitor the situation and advise students accordingly.
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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.