Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Higher Education Institutional & Organizational Policies/Statements on Academic Travel to China Related to 2019-nCoV (Coronavirus)

March 17, 2020 Update

Jessica Oldford and I will no longer be updating this list here on IHEC Blog.  The Forum on Education Abroad has started a COVID-19 Program Status Tracker at  Jessica and I will collaborate with the Forum on Education Abroad on this tracking project and I encourage everyone to visit their COVID-19 Program Status Tracker page and contribute to the project via the instructions listed there.

This list below was compiled in collaboration with my colleague Jessica Oldford, Director of Global Student Experience Global Initiatives, Stephen M. Ross School of Business, University of Michigan – Ann Arbor.

Click on the name of each institution or education abroad provider to read current statements/policies on academic travel to China.  This list does not include institutions or programs that have indicated that they currently do not have students, faculty or staff in China.

CDC Guidance for Student Foreign Travel for Institutions of Higher Education

Letter from CDC's Travel Health Branch to U.S. college and university student health centers and international study abroad program offices

"Coronavirus Critical Resources" via NAFSA at

"These airlines have suspended flights to and from China" CNN Article

Following are two resources that I find very helpful in putting 2019-nCoV in perspective and I thank Mark Ashwill of Capstone Vietnam for putting them on my radar:

1. "The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that so far this season, there have been at least 15 million flu illnesses for the 2019-2020 season, 140,000 hospitalizations and 8,200 deaths in the U.S. The CDC reports there have been 54 reported flu-related pediatric deaths this season from Influenza B viruses." via

2. Mapping of 2019-nCoV Global Cases (by Johns Hopkins CSSE): and 

If your institution or organization has released a policy/statement on academic travel to China and it's not on the list please let me know either via comment on this post or via email at

Institutions of Higher Education
Agnes Scott College
American University
Arizona State University
Asbury University
Baldwin Wallace University
Baylor University
Borough of Manhattan Community College
Boston College (2)
Boston University
Bowling Green State University
Brenau University
Bringham Young University
Brown University
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Case Western Reserve University
City University of New York
Clark University
Clemson University
College of Charleston
Columbia College Chicago
Columbia University
Cornell University
Drexel University
Duke University
Duke Kunshan University
Eastern Washington University 
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Emory University
Fairleigh Dickinson University
Florida Atlantic University
Florida International University
Florida State University
George Mason University
Georgetown University
Global Education Oregon 
Hamilton College, Associated Colleges in China
Harvard University (2)
Illinois Institute of Technology
Indiana University
Iowa State University
Kean University
Kent State University
Lehigh University
Loyola Marymount University 
Miami University
Middlebury College (2)
Montclair State University
North Carolina State University
Northeastern University
Northwestern University
NYU Shanghai
Oberlin College and Conservatory
Ohio University
Oklahoma State University
Pace University
Pennsylvania State University
Pepperdine University
Portland State University
Princeton University (2)
Providence College
Rutgers University
SOAS University of London
Southern Methodist University 
State University of New York
Suffolk University 
Temple University
Texas A&M
Texas State University
The George Washington University
The Ohio State University
Thomas Jefferson University
Towson University
Trinity University
Troy University
Tufts University
Tulane University
University of Akron
University of Arizona
University of California, Davis (2)
University of California Education Abroad Program (UCEAP)
University of California San Francisco
University of Calgary
University of Canterbury 
University of Central Florida
University of Chicago
University of Colorado Boulder (2)
University of Delaware
University of Denver
University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
University of Illinois
University of Kansas
University of Kentucky (2)
University of Leeds
University of Maryland
University of Massachusetts Amherst (2) (3)
University of Miami
University of Michigan (2) (3)
University of Mississippi
University of Missouri
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
University of Nevada, Reno 
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2)
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
University of North Carolina at Greensboro (see statement in comment statement)
University of North Carolina at Pembroke
University of Northern Colorado
University of Northern Iowa 
University of Oklahoma
University of Oregon
University of Pennsylvania
University of Pittsburgh
University of San Diego
University of San Francisco
University of Southern California
University of Southern Indiana
University of the Arts London
University of the Pacific
University of Tennessee Knoxville
University of Texas
University of Texas at Dallas
University of Virginia
University of West Florida
Vanderbilt University
Villanova University
Virginia Commonwealth University 
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Wayne State University
Western University
William & Mary
Wright State University
Yale University

Education Abroad Providers
AFS Intercultural Programs
Athena Study Abroad
CAPA: The Global Education Network
CIS Abroad
Cultural Vistas
IES Abroad
Semester at Sea
The Beijing Center
USAC (2)

Institutions and Programs Suspending, Delaying or have issued a statement on Academic Programs & Travel to China as reported by the Press or email/listserv announcements.  Working to find official statements and will update as discovered.
Amherst College
Arcadia University
Ball State University
Berlin Free University
Berlin Institute of Technology
Boren Awards
Boston College
Boston University
Bridgewater State University
Carnegie Mellon University
College of Charleston
Colorado College
Dublin City University
Elon University
Furman University
George Washington University
Georgia Tech University
Gettysburg College
Gonzaga University
Inter-University Program for Chinese Language Studies at Tsinghua University
Iowa State University
Lamar University
Lehigh University
Louisiana State University
Macalester College
Maynooth University
Medical University of South Carolina
Mercer University
Miami University
Missouri State University
Montana University System
New Mexico State University
Purdue University
Saginaw Valley State University
Salem State University
Simmons University
St. Clair College
St. Louis University
St. Mary’s University School of Law
Syracuse University
Taylor University
Texas Christian University
Texas Tech University
The Asia Institute
Trinity College Dublin
TU Dublin
University of Alberta
University of Arizona
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville
University of British Columbia
University College Cork
University of Colorado Denver
University of Florida
University of Iowa
University of Louisville
University of Minnesota (2)
University of Missouri-St. Louis
University of North Carolina at Greensboro - See statement posted in comment section below
University of North Florida
University of Notre Dame
University of Oregon
University of Regina
University of Rhode Island (2)
University of South Carolina
University of Tulsa
University of Windsor
University System of Georgia
Washington State University
Western Kentucky University

Secondary Schools & Provider Programs
AFS Intercultural Programs (also included above)
Edmonton Public Schools
School Year Abroad
University of Chicago Laboratory Schools

Statements from Chinese Institutions
Peking University
Tongji University (2) (3) (4)

Statements from Programs in Countries other than China
Associated Kyoto Program

Tour Providers
Abercrombie & Kent

World Health Organization


  1. Xavier University of Louisiana has also issued an official statement, from the president.

  2. Many thanks for letting me know. I will see if I can find the statement about travel to China on the Xavier University of Louisiana website

  3. University of North Carolina at Greensboro:

    January 29, 2020


    TO: UNCG Faculty

    RE: Important Information: Novel Coronavirus 2019

    In addition to the general email that was sent this morning, please take the following into consideration regarding the University’s response to the novel Coronavirus 2019:

    · Students who traveled to China over the winter break may still be in the incubation period for the virus now. We are working to ensure that we are aware of students or scholars who have recently traveled from these areas, but if a student makes you aware that they have recently returned from China, please have them contact Student Health for guidance.

    · No UNCG students will be participating in study abroad programs facilitated by UNCG in China this semester.

    · Because the CDC has issued a Level 3 (Avoid all non-essential travel) Travel Warning regarding travel to China, UNCG is suspending all university-sponsored travel to China for undergraduate students until the outbreak resolves.

    · Current measures by the Chinese government to control the spread of the virus have made travel within the country difficult. And, some airlines have suspended flights in and out of China.

    · Therefore, faculty are urged to give serious consideration before traveling to China. University-sponsored travel to China for faculty, staff or graduate students will not be permitted unless it is deemed to be essential.

    · With all this said, please help us maintain an evidence-based, informed approach to this situation by encouraging those with questions to consult the CDC Website or call Student Health. We anticipate that circumstances surrounding this virus may change rapidly over the coming weeks. We will continue to communicate with our community, but recommend the CDC Website for the most up-to-date information.

    · After meeting with Student Health Services this morning, we decided to create a method in which students, faculty, and staff can ask coronavirus related questions that may not be answered through the various sources of information referenced (CDC, Department of Health and Human Services, etc.).

    · We know some questions may require a UNCG-specific answer. We are placing a link to a form on the Student Health Services' Health Alert webpage that will allow students, faculty, and staff to ask us questions. These questions will be automatically sent to the UNCG Communicable Disease Committee for discussion and response, or we will elevate the question to the most appropriate person if it is outside the scope of the committee. It is our goal to answer questions within 24-hours of them being submitted, but obviously responding as quickly as possible.

    · To ensure both coordination of internal stakeholders and coordination with the various external authorities involved in monitoring this situation, Zach Smith, Director of Emergency Management, will be providing leadership for the University’s ongoing response.

    Thank you.

    1. Many thanks for this! I will see if I can find the statement posted online to link to. Much appreciated!

  4. Illinois Institute of Technology has issued a statement:

    1. Many thanks for the link to the IIT statement. Much appreciated! IIT with link is now added to the list!

  5. CIS Abroad also has an updated Global News and Alerts page to include:

    Thanks for this work.

    1. Many thanks, Kris! Much appreciated! I added CIS Abroad with link to this post focused on China as well as a to a new post I started on Thursday focusing on countries other than China found at