March 9 Message to Students Currently Abroad for Spring Semester 2020

To Our Students Currently Studying ABroad:

Given the rapidly evolving news regarding COVID-19, we wanted to contact you directly regarding how Case Western Reserve is approaching aspects of the outbreak that could affect those studying abroad.

First and most importantly, your health and safety are the university's highest priority. We are closely monitoring global and domestic developments, consulting with colleagues at peer institutions and also receiving guidance from local infectious disease experts. To learn more about the university's overall response and see related communications, please visit our updates page.

As of this writing, the university does not plan to bring back students spending the semester abroad unless they are in countries the Center for Disease Control has designated with a level 3 travel warning. Right now those countries are China, Iran, South Korea and Italy. Japan today is designated as level 2, and Hong Kong level 1. If either of those locations or others are categorized as level 3, our office will work with affected students to assist in the logistics of their departure. We also will provide guidance and coordination with regard to issues ranging from the academic to the financial.

In addition to the university-wide COVID-19 updates page, we also have a separate COVID-19 study abroad page with the most recent information relevant to you. If you have any concerns or questions, please do not hesitate to contact our office at We are here to support you.

Angela Miller
Director of Education Abroad