Ed Abroad's Response to the Novel Coronavirus

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Due to the concerns related to the spread of COVID-19, the Ed Abroad office is operating remotely. We are still performing all essential functions, and we can work with you via phone, Zoom, Google hangouts, or email. If you are unsure whom to contact, please click here to find the right person and make a virtual appointment. If you are still not sure whom to contact, please email edabroad@pdx.edu or call 503-725-4095.


A Message on the Novel Coronavirus Outbreak
March 13, 2020 

As news updates about COVID-19 (the coronavirus) continue to arrive at an accelerated pace, we’d like to share an update and provide details about how we are actively monitoring this global health situation.  Whether you’re a student with a current application for an upcoming study abroad program, a student who’s considering applying to a program in the future, faculty, staff, or member of the community, please know that our students’ health and well-being is our topmost concern.  

As of March 11, 2020, Portland State University implemented a travel suspension for all university-related travel in response to the COVID-19 situation. This resulted in canceling spring program departures. PSU Ed Abroad is working closely with these students to manage their enrollment in PSU spring-term classes. The suspension does not currently pertain to students already overseas in countries with a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Level 2 or lower. Existing programs in countries with a CDC Level 3 or higher have been canceled. 

Program cancellations are triggered by U.S. Department of State and CDC advisories. Both advisory systems are taken into account when assessing program status. The policy for the Portland State University is to suspend any study abroad program that reaches a CDC Level 3 warning: Avoid All Non-Essential Travel. A list of updated CDC notices is provided here. U.S. Department of State advisory Levels 3 and 4 are increasingly serious and mandate a review by the units referenced above. A Level 4: Do Not Travel advisory triggers program suspension and removal of students as soon as possible from their host country.      

To ensure a well-informed, proportionate, timely, and correct response, PSU is tracking often hourly updates from federal government agencies including the CDC, World Health Organization (WHO), U.S. Department of State travel advisories, (as well as similar advisories from other countries), the Department of State Overseas Security Advisory Council, as well as our overseas partners and providers with on the ground staff, and many local news sources in countries where we currently have and send students.PSU Education Abroad also works closely with the International Travel Risk Assessment Committee, SHAC, and the Incident Management Team. We also maintain open channels of communication with our peers in Health, Safety and Risk Management at other institutions of higher education, and across national and international Global Education networks like NAFSA and the Forum on Education Abroad. 

Students with plans to study abroad in geographic areas more broadly affected by COVID-19 will receive additional communications from PSU Education Abroad. In the meantime, rest assured that Portland State prioritizes the health and safety of all of its students. We encourage you to stay informed about this evolving global situation through trusted sources and to monitor your email for future updates from PSU Ed Abroad.   

As always, we advise purchasing trip cancellation insurance (covering cancellations for any reason) when booking your travel.

We encourage you to share this message with parents, family, and/or friends that may be supporting your study abroad plans.