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Travel updates for COVID-19

Since December 2019, there has been emerging public health concern regarding an outbreak of respiratory illness, now called COVID-19, caused by a new strain of coronavirus that was first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China.

Stanford University has been actively monitoring the evolving COVID-19 situation and is updating the community as additional information becomes known. Stanford Environmental Health & Safety has created a webpage, which continues to serve as the best ongoing source of information regarding COVID-19.

As more than 100 undergraduate and graduate students are preparing to participate in the Global Studies Internship Program this summer, we want to share ongoing determinations that are being made with respect to our international programs as well as the University’s latest guidance to our student community.

Global Studies Internship Program in China and South Korea

Our greatest priority is the safety and wellbeing of our students. Stanford University is now restricting all travel to China and South Korea. For this reason, we have decided to cancel the Global Studies Internship Program in China and South Korea this summer.

As indicated on the Assumption of Risk Form, Stanford reserves the right to cancel or modify the program before or during its operation for any reason, including natural disasters, emergencies, low enrollment, unavailability of facilities/personnel, or compliance with the University travel policy.

We understand the disappointment and frustration this decision may produce. If you have any questions, please email 

Other internship offerings under review

A decision regarding other Global Studies Internship Program offerings has not yet been made. We will continue to actively monitor the developing situation with respect to the spread of the disease.

Travel safety

For those members of the Stanford community who are currently abroad or have plans to travel internationally in the weeks and months ahead, it is vital to remain updated on the latest information concerning the COVID-19 situation. Our campus partners in the Vaden Health Center recently issued the following counsel to any students who may be planning international travel:

  1. COVID-19 may spread in countries with identified cases or to new areas. Recently, community spread that is not linked to other cases or recent travel to mainland China has been observed. Stanford continues to assess risk based on the number of cases, community spread, public health infrastructure, as well as other factors. Please check for any new travel restriction updates before departing the United States. International SOS has compiled a comprehensive list of these restrictions.
  2. Please stay actively alert to changes and developments that may affect your plans.
    • Monitor travel advisories daily, including potential restrictions on border crossings or closed borders.
    • Countries you visit may decide to implement travel restrictions with very little notice, impacting your ability to return to campus.
    • Airlines may cancel/limit flights in or out of a country or region.
    • Additional quarantine measures may be applied by the U.S. and other countries.
    • Re-entry to the U.S. could be restricted.
    • Stanford’s 14-day self-isolation policy may be extended to other countries
  3. International students and foreign nationals should check their immigration documents before leaving the U.S. If you are unable to return to the U.S. for the start of the quarter, your visa status may be impacted.
  4. Register your travel with Stanford. Whether you are traveling for research, conferences, internships, or other reasons, please register your travel, so that the university will be able to contact you in the event of a major emergency or changing circumstances related to your travel destination.

For more information about international travel emergencies and assistance, go to