4 universities cancel or suspend study abroad classes in Italy because of coronavirus

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Source : ABC NEWS

At least four U.S. universities have canceled or suspended study abroad programs in Florence and urged students to leave Italy amid fears of the coronavirus spreading further in Europe.

Syracuse University, New York University, Fairfield University and Elon University all confirmed in statements their programs have been canceled. NYU is suspending its program until “at least March 29,” while the others have done so indefinitely.

Officials from Syracuse said in a statement their decision came after a case of coronavirus was confirmed on Tuesday and the University of Florence was closed.

“With this in mind, we have made the decision to close the academic program at our Florence campus and assist our students with returning to the United States,” the statement reads. “Concerns for the safety, well-being and free movement of the 342 students in our study abroad program in Florence, Italy, have guided this difficult decision, which was also informed by global health experts.”

Syracuse’s Florence campus will close by Sunday, the same day by which students have been asked to return to the U.S., a spokesperson at the university told ABC News.

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