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IU cancels summer abroad programs due to coronavirus pandemic



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The Leo R. Dowling International Center is home to the Office of Overseas Study. IU has canceled all summer 2020 overseas study programs. IDS file photo

IU has announced all summer study abroad programs will be canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic and the State Department’s global travel advisory, according to a Monday press release from the university. 

The decision cancels all programs that start and end between May 16 and Aug. 23. IU previously announced programs beginning on or before May 15 were suspended. 

In an email to affected students, Kathleen Sideli, associate vice president for overseas study, said students will receive a $500 refund if a pre-payment was made.

IU said in the release it is unable to predict when the State Department's travel advisory will end, and canceling programs now allows students to make other plans.

The Office of Overseas Study lists more than 50 summer programs on its website, but there are more programs within individual schools and departments. Summer abroad programs in other schools and departments are also canceled.

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