March 2 Message to Students Participating in Spring Semester Study Abroad Programs: Coronavirus Updates: Spring 2020 Students

To Our Students Participating in Spring Semester Study Abroad Programs:

Based on new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Case Western Reserve has cancelled all of its Spring Break Study Abroad programs. 

In light of this development, we wanted to make sure that you know that at this time, the university is not requiring students in spring semester programs to leave their institutions—unless their programs are in countries the CDC has categorized as Level 2 or Level 3

The differences between our decisions for Spring Break and Spring Semester students can be explained by a single distinction between the two programs: The former group has not left the U.S. and is scheduled to return to campus in fewer than two weeks. You already have been there for some time, and have far more flexibility in the date(s) of your departure.

That said, if for any reason you have concerns about remaining at your study abroad location, do not hesitate to contact us at or, if your questions involve health issues related to COVID-19,

Case Western Reserve leaders are closely monitoring developments involving COVID-19, and will continue to provide information to the campus community via email and this update page

We all regret that your international experience is taking place amid this outbreak, and very much hope that you have been able to focus on your studies and the rest of your experience in another country. You all are very much in our thoughts.

Angela Miller
Director of Education Abroad