GVSU cancels study abroad programs due to COVID-19

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ALLENDALE, Mich. (WOOD) — Grand Valley State University announced that it has canceled its study abroad programs in South Korea this semester due to COVID-19, a strain of the coronavirus.

According to the university’s interim chief international officer, programs to China, Italy, Japan or South Korea have not been planned for the spring and summer semesters.

Programs to China were cancelled for the winter and spring semesters back in February. One student went to China through an alternative program and has been asked to return to the U.S.

The university has shared precautions with students who are abroad if there’s an outbreak in the country they are in.

The university’s health centers have done additional screenings for those who have recently traveled internationally.

Students with concerns about the virus can connect with the University Counseling Center. Faculty and staff who have concerns can connect with Encompass, the employee assistance program.

**Correction: The original version of this article contained information saying some study abroad programs have been canceled for the spring and summer semesters. The university says the programs have not been planned yet. We regret the inaccurate information. The text has been updated.

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