Due to continuing global public health concerns surrounding COVID-19, considering best practices, and on recommendation of the Center for International Education, the University of Northern Colorado has decided to extend the suspension of outbound and inbound education abroad programs through the end of the fall 2020 semester. This suspension extends to incoming international exchange students and visiting scholars, outbound international exchange programs, international student teaching and internships, service learning abroad, international independent student research and all other university-sponsored programs with partner institutions and affiliated third party providers that occur abroad. It does not, however, include international students who are enrolled as UNC degree seeking students.
These difficult decisions are based on a number of important factors including elevated international travel warnings issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Department of State, and the increased health, safety and risk concerns for our students, faculty, and staff.
Making and announcing this decision now should allow time for impacted students to consider alternate options for fall courses and for academic units to be in a better position to plan alternate academic opportunities. Important details about next steps will be communicated to impacted students, partner institutions, and affiliated providers soon.
Mark R. Anderson
Provost and Senior Vice President