This section is for periodic updates of world events – natural disasters, political situations, disease outbreaks – that are currently affecting or could affect our programming locations and the participants that are or will be onsite.
We are devastated to learn of the fire that has encapsulated Notre Dame Cathedral. Our thoughts are with the people of Paris and this iconic landmark.
We can confirm all CISabroad students have checked in with our onsite team and are safe, they have been advised to stay away from the area around Notre Dame.
The fire is in the center of the building, where it is difficult to access. The main spire has fallen, and the damage to the interior is not known.
More information can be found here.
There was a dorm fire early Thursday morning that has displaced around 220 students. Luckily, no students were severely harmed and all of our students are accounted for. Our thoughts are with all the students affected by this and our onsite team is there to support them.
CISabroad is aware of the attack on a tram in Utrecht, Netherlands this morning. We do not currently have any participants in the country. Our thought are with the victims and their families.
We can confirm all students studying in New Zealand are safe and accounted for since the Friday afternoon mosque shootings in Christchurch.
Our onsite and extended team will continue to provide support during this devastating time. We can also confirm that none of our students studying in Australia are currently visiting, nor have plans to travel to New Zealand over the upcoming weekend.
Our deepest thoughts and most sincere condolences go out to our colleagues in New Zealand and the friends and relatives of the victims.
The U.S. Geological Survey is reporting that early this morning (around 4 a.m.) a 7.1 magnitude earthquake occurred in Southern Peru. All CISabroad staff and participants have been reported safe from this incident.
Earlier this morning, a 7.5 magnitude earthquake took place in a rural area of eastern Ecuador. Early reports are of little damage and no program participants are currently studying or interning near the earthquake site. The earthquake CISabroad staff is working with onsite students to ensure they are supported in the aftermath of the event.
This morning there was a gas leak in Paris that turned into an explosion, killing 3 people. We are monitoring the situation and all students we have in France. We will continue to monitor this situation and any others as our students arrive into their destinations for their abroad programs.
We are aware of the following incident in Strasbourg, France (Link: https://www.cnn.com/2018/12/
All of the CISabroad students in Paris are safe. We have been regularly checking in with our students. With each check in, we remind them that they should avoid all areas where protesters are gathering, as violence is expected in some of the protest areas, particularly in Paris. Students are cooperating, and they are aware of the dangers. Their apartments are in locations far from where the protests are happening.
We will update if anything else progresses.
CISabroad is aware of and monitoring unfolding protests across France, and particularly focused in the capital city of Paris. These protests are in response to fuel tax hikes that have now been struck down. Demonstrations have occurred across France over the past week, and more are planned for this Saturday, December 8th. CISabroad on site staff urge any participants to avoid known areas where these protests will be happening and to exercise a high level of situational awareness when travelling especially in Paris. Emergency protocols are in place should any situations escalate and our site director is on call to ensure all participants have a direct line to support staff if needed.
All students and staff in Melbourne, Australia were deemed safe after a man lit his vehicle on fire and stabbed three people in the CBD on Friday. The man was apprehended and died in the hospital later that day and the authorities have categorized the attack as terror-related. Local police have deemed the incident is not an ongoing threat.