Posted by: Alison Damast on March 22, 2011
In the last week or two, U.S. universities have been frantically working to get students studying in Japan back safely to the U.S. Now, those with ties to Japan are turning their attention to the future, with many canceling planned spring study abroad programs in the tsunami-and earthquake-ravaged country. The move comes as the U.S. State Department again urged travelers this week to avoid Japan, where workers are still battling a nuclear crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear facility.
Here’s a list of some of the programs that have been called off:
• The University of California has canceled its upcoming Spring Quarter Abroad program to Kyoto, according to a statement from UC’s Education Abroad Program. Grace Crickette, chief risk officer for the UC system, announced last week that the school was evacuating all of its students from Japan due to “difficult-to-predict risks,” she said.
• Boston University has canceled its participation in study abroad programs in the country, asking students who were supposed to begin a semester at Keio University in Tokyo later this month to cancel their plans.
• The University of Notre Dame has called off a spring semester abroad program in Tokyo. Three students were scheduled to leave for the program on March 27, according to a school release .
• About a dozen George Washington University students studying or planning to study abroad in Japan this spring will be relocated, after the university canceled undergraduate study abroad in the country for the entire semester, according to an article in the school newspaper.
• The University of Pittsburgh is requiring students studying in Japan to return to the U.S. and has canceled scheduled trips for six students to Japan this spring, according to an article in the school newspaper .
Readers, have you been affected by any of the cancelations or evacuations? If so, please share your experience with us. If your spring study abroad plans have changed, what are you planning to do instead?