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.
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, South Korea, Japan, and Italy 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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:
For more information about international travel emergencies and assistance, go to https://internationaltravel.stanford.edu/.