CSU suspends study abroad programs in Italy, South Korea

Posted at 2:47 PM, Mar 04, 2020

Due to the spread of coronavirus, the California State University (CSU) system has decided to suspend its international studies program in Florence, Italy.

Outside of countries in Asia, Italy has been one of the hardest-hit by coronavirus, with more than 2,700 cases as of Wednesday.

According to the Italian government, 109 people have died of the disease.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 3 Warning for Italy, recommending travelers avoid all non-essential travel to the country.

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo says it is in close communication with Cal Poly students studying in Italy and university officials are working to provide those students with support and services and arrange for their return home.

The CSU International Programs office also says it is preparing online course options for students so they can continue their Spring quarter classes.

In late February, the CSU system suspended its study abroad program in South Korea after the CDC issued a Level 3 travel warning for that country because of an increased number of coronavirus cases.

University officials said they were contacting CSU students in South Korea about their return to California.