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.

  • Seoul & Busan

    September 5, 2022


    ISA/TEAN is closely following developments related to Typhoon Hinnamnor, a tropical system tracking northward through the Sea of Japan. The storm is expected to make landfall along the southern coast of South Korea in the early morning hours of Tuesday, September 6th and is expected to produce significant rainfall, wind, and flooding throughout the country, specifically in coastal cities such as Busan.

    ISA/TEAN has been monitoring the situation, including all messaging from the U.S. Embassy in Seoul, reports from our trusted security sources, and is in close communication with ISA/TEAN resident staff in in both Seoul and Busan. ISA/TEAN has informed students of best safety practices during a storm such as remaining in their host cities, following direction of local authorities, and maintaining close communication with program staff and their families in the U.S. Based on current meteorological projections, ISA/TEAN does not anticipate this storm to significantly impact our programs in Tokyo, Japan.

    In Busan, classes have been cancelled on Tuesday, September 6th, and students should be in communication with their professors regarding coursework. In Seoul, ISA/TEAN classes at host universities and internship placements have not been officially cancelled, but students should be in touch with their professors or advisor regarding expectations.  

    We will continue to monitor U.S. Embassy alerts and local media communications closely as the storm progresses and will advise students accordingly. 

  • Seoul

    August 9, 2022

    On the evening of August 8, the Greater Seoul area began experiencing heavy rainfall and disruptive flooding that has continued through the morning (local time). Flooding has impacted travel routes in the area, including subway train travel and surrounding expressways. More rain and potential flooding is expected through Wednesday, August 10th.

    ISA Seoul resident staff have accounted for all ISA program participants and have advised them to remain close to their accommodation, check in with their families at home, and avoid all impacted areas until the floods have receded. Participants are also advised to follow updates from resident staff through Schoology, especially as schedules may be altered this week, and pay close attention to local news alerts. 

    ISA will continue to monitor the situation and update this Worldwide Alert 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.


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