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.
At this time, our onsite staff in London have confirmed the safety of all onsite CISabroad participants. Our thoughts continue to be with all affected by this tragedy.
Earlier, on the grounds of the UK Parliament in London, England a person rammed their car into crowds of people before stabbling a police officer. At least three people are dead and 20 injured. We are actively confirming the safety of all CISabroad students studying with us throughout Europe. Our onsite staff will also check-in on the emotional wellness of all our participants to ensure they have the necessary support. Our thoughts go out to all those affected by this tragedy.
Currently a visa is not required for US passport holders who are traveling in Europe for less than 90 days.
Recently, there have been talks about a change to this policy. No changes to the existing policy have been announced.
CISabroad is monitoring communication about changes to policies and procedures for US passport holders who are traveling in Europe. It is uncertain whether or not any changes will occur.
If any changes are announced CISabroad will communicate with applicants and with program participants as soon as possible. We are confident that any change to existing policies would give travelers ample time to take any new steps necessary to enter Europe. In the event of a change we will work with all CISabroad participants to make things as clear and easy as possible.
US tourism in Europe is a major income generator, so many European nations are advocating for no changes to be made.
More information can be found in this article from Foreign Policy Magazine.
On Saturday, February 25, in Heidelberg, Germany a man drove a car into a pedestrian area and killed one person, injuring two others. There are currently no indications it is a terrorist attack. All CISabroad Germany students are safe.
Dear Colleagues, Partners, and Friends,
We are aware that President Donald Trump signed three Executive Orders this week that will affect some international students and scholars studying and working in the US. CISabroad has international students studying abroad with us but currently none are affected directly. However, our students, staff, and colleagues are concerned about what this type of action and stance means in the long-term for them, their family and/or their friends.
We at CISabroad believe that a safer and more peaceful world is made possible through international exchange, cultural awareness, diplomacy, and shared friendships and journeys that cross borders.
We are watching and listening, supporting our Muslim partners and neighbors, reaching out to our participants and applicants, and participating in international events and in NAFSA’s Advocacy Day in Washington, D.C. next month.
We are committed to our vision of creating a more connected and compassionate world, one person at a time.
We are committed to sending students abroad for amazing, joyous, challenging experiences.
We are committed to challenging ourselves, as a staff, to participate in activities that bring us closer with those across the world who experience discrimination due to race, religion, or gender identity.
Explore. Learn. Embrace Diversity. Revel. Go places.
Kris Holloway and the CISabroad Team
There was a strong earthquake in Central Italy about early afternoon local time, with several after shocks ensuing. The main affected area is located between Lazio and Abruzzo regions about 110 km from Rome. All the CIS Rome and Perugia students have been contacted and they’re all safe. Our participants in Florence were not impacted. At the moment schools, public offices and some hospitals have been evacuated in Rome but there are no significant damages to buildings and It seems there are no victims – at least in Rome. The metro in Rome has been closed about 50 minutes ago and the public transportation system in general is having problems. The phone lines and Internet are having issues in all Central Italy and there is no electricity in most province of L’Aquila (Abruzzo region).
A situation involving a large truck driving through crowds at a Christmas fair in Berlin, Germany is currently unfolding. We are monitoring the situation and will update this site as we learn more about this incident.
Update: The incident is still under investigation, however, all participants on our Germany program have already finished their programs and departed for home. Our thoughts are with those affected in Germany and beyond.
At approximately 2:00 am local time, an earthquake of 5.8 magnitude struck on the coast of Ecuador, about 20 km from Esmeraldas. Our onsite staff reports that everyone onsite in Quito are fine, but there were damages in some coastal cities, specially in Atacames and Tonsupa (beaches of the Esmeraldas province). Our thoughts are with the people of the affected areas.
Hurricane Otto hit northern Costa Rica last Thursday/Friday, killing at least 9 individuals and causing an estimated 8 million dollars in damages to roadways as of Thursday evening. The president declared three days of mourning starting today.
Our partner university cancelled some courses on Thursday morning, however, as the damage was contained to the north part of the country, courses resumed on Thursday afternoon; even the Thanksgiving dinner went off as planned. All of our students are safe and well, but our thoughts and prayers are wth the people of the northern communities of Costa Rica as they begin to rebuild.
A 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck the South Island, near Hanmer Springs at 12.02 am local time. Civil Defence has downgraded the tsunami warning to a marine and beach threat for the East Coast of New Zealand, from East Cape to Southland, and also the Kapiti Coast and Tasman Bay/Marlborough Sounds. All CISabroad participants currently in New Zealand have been reported safe by our onsite staff. Our thoughts are with the people of the affected areas at this time.