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Coronavirus impacting study abroad programs for Colorado students

Posted at 4:22 PM, Feb 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-04 12:35:35-05

SOUTHERN COLORADO — As the coronavirus continues to spread study abroad programs across the country and in southern Colorado are being canceled.

Schools in Colorado Springs that are being impacted - University of Colorado Colorado Springs and Colorado College.

UCCS sent us the following statement:

"We are closely monitoring the situation because the safety of our students and faculty is our number one concern. At this time, university-sponsored student travel to countries identified as CDC risk level 2 or 3 will be cancelled. All other faculty and staff university-sponsored travel will remain at the discretion of the traveler."

The university says there are three students in South Korea. That program has been canceled and students will be returning home.

Colorado College says it's canceled it's spring China program and the Hong Kong summer programs. There's also several students on non-Colorado College programs which have been canceled. They will be returning to the U.S.

Further north at the University of Colorado Boulder the spring and summer programs to China and South Korea have been canceled affecting about 24 students. The university says most of them have been relocated to programs in other parts of the world with a few opting to come back to campus.

We also checked in with Pikes Peak Community College. Staff members say they don't have a dedicated study abroad program, but there is a 10-day trip to Europe that students have the option of going on in May. The college has not talked about canceling this trip.

At Pueblo Community College staff members say there are no students abroad right now.

Colorado State University-Pueblo says two students are in South Korea, but the start of their program has been delayed until March 16th. A trip to Italy that had been planned for this summer has been canceled.