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.
According to Reuters, a 6.8 earthquake struck off the coast of Costa Rica near the capital, San Jose, on Sunday night. The U.S. Geological Survey said it was centered 44 miles (71 km) southwest of San Jose at a depth of 6.2 miles (10 km). We are actively confirming the safety of all CISabroad students studying with us.
Our onsite staff, as always, are working to ensure the general well-being of our participants, and reminding them of our emergency protocol and the importance of being vigilant and carrying their phones, and emergency numbers with them at all times.
CISabroad continues to monitor the situation in Barcelona carefully. We have a large community of staff who live in Barcelona with their families, many of whom are from the Catalonia area. Therefore, we are sensitive to the issues being discussed, and the events that have occurred over the past few weeks.
The ongoing situation will be monitored closely, so we can act in the best interest of our students should action be necessary. Thus far, things have been peaceful, and we sincerely hope the steps that are being talked about result in dialogue, peace, and understanding across political lines. At this time, the US State Department has issued no travel warnings or alerts, as things are progressing peacefully.
Our onsite staff, as always, are working to ensure the general well-being of our participants, and reminding them of our emergency protocol and the importance of being vigilant about carrying their phones, and emergency numbers with them at all times. If your student would like to talk in more detail about the ongoing situation onsite, please encourage them to set up a specific time and to speak with our onsite staff. If you have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us.
We can confirm the safety and well being of all participants onsite in Barcelona.
We will continue to monitor the situation as it unfolds over the next several weeks, and will update this page as necessary.
We are following the events of Catalonia’s Independence vote which turned violent over the weekend. We are currently in communication with all onsite staff in Europe to ensure the safety and general well-being of all of our participants in Europe, as well as any other participants traveling in the area.
We will update this page as more information becomes available.
At this time it has been confirmed that all our London based program participants are safe. We are continuing to monitor the situation carefully, and will update this page as necessary.
Again our thoughts go out to all those affected by these events today.
We are aware of an incident that took place at a London Underground earlier this morning and are currently in communications with all onsite staff in the area to ensure the safety and general well-being of all of our London participants, as well as any other participants traveling in the area.
Our hearts go out to the victims of this attack and to all Londoners. We will update this page as more information becomes available.
All of us at CISAbroad offer our thoughts to our colleagues, the people of Barcelona and others affected by the terrible incident at Las Ramblas earlier today.
Although no onsite staff was hurt and there were no CISabroad participants on-site, terrorism anywhere is against all that we stand for and believe in as global educators. We are more prepared than ever to ensure the safety of our participants during their experiences abroad.
For more details on our risk management plan, please see our health and safety abroad resources page.
By now you may have seen the news about the van that hit a group of people on Las Ramblas in Barcelona. Las Ramblas is a popular tourist spot in the center of the city.
This is breaking news so we don’t have any more information at this point except that the police have responded swiftly and are attending to any victims.
We currently have no students or interns on-site but are working closely with our onsite staff in Barcelona and following the news to see what other information comes out.
This page will be updated as more information becomes available.
Our thoughts are with the people affected by this incident but we are pleased to report that there were no CISabroad program participants or onsite staff involved in the Barcelona train incident this morning.
This morning a Renfe train that was coming from Sant Vicenç de Calders (Tarragona) was unable to fully stop as it was arriving at the Barcelona França railway station (in la Barceloneta neighborhood) and crashed against the platform. Local news have most recently reported that 54 people were hurt in the accident. More information about the incident can be found here.
We have no reason to believe that there were any participants nearby but our onsite staff is confirming the safety of all. We will update this page as new information becomes available.