The Crisis Response Team at The College of Global Studies, Arcadia University, is actively monitoring the highly fluid coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and its impact on our international programs. Decisions about our programming are in line with guidance from the U.S. Department of State, the Centers for Disease Control, Arcadia’s international assistance provider International SOS, and local authorities.
The safety and security of our students is, as always, paramount. We will continue to keep our community of students, parents, staff and home schools updated as the situation evolves.
- Communication to students regarding academic continuity is continuing.
- Updates from our overseas partners continue. The following are today's updates:
Communication to students regarding academic continuity has started. Please see our FAQ for additional information about the continuation of Spring 2020 programs.
In response to the fluid nature of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, The College of Global Studies has made significant adjustments to our summer 2020 program offerings. The revised list of program options reflects our commitment to the health and well-being of our students and practical matters related to student visa processes, housing, and other on-site services impacted by the coronavirus situation. We are currently planning to offer the following programs in summer and fall 2020:
Summer 2020 Arcadia Programs
Fall 2020 Arcadia Programs
All Arcadia Programs are currently scheduled to operate in fall 2020.
We also plan to offer all of our semester and summer programs again in 2021.
In the event of any additional program changes, we will notify students and advisors with specific information.
Our aim is to provide students with the high level of support that we have built our reputation on for the past 75 years.
- The College of Global Studies U.S.-based staff will be working remotely from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM EDT (Mon - Friday), per local public health recommendations, until further notice. Thank you for your patience as we aim to serve each call during this unique time.
- Voicemail left on our main phone number (215-439-3338) are checked and dispatched to the appropriate office for response every 30 minutes during these hours.
- Due to an extremely high call volume, please continue to refer to this blog and our FAQs to find up-to-date information on Arcadia's response to COVID-19.
- Media inquiries should contact Dan DiPrinzio at 215-572-2191
- FAQs with specific country information have been added to the website. These will continue to be updated regularly as we receive information from our overseas partners.
- In order to keep our community informed in as timely a manner as possible, we are updating our Coronavirus FAQs throughout the day and moving forward. Updates will focus on overseas host institution information, academic contingency plans, accommodation support, travel support, and other information pertinent to supporting our students, their families, and partner institutions.
- FAQ with specific country information are being developed and added to the website. These will be updated regularly as we receive updated information from our overseas partners. England & Wales, Ireland & Northern Ireland, Scotland & Spain have been added.
The College of Global Studies at Arcadia University has suspended all Spring 2020 programming in Italy, England, Greece, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Spain, and Wales.
Read the full notice from the College.
- The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the novel coronavirus outbreak to be a pandemic. According to WHO Director General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus "Describing the situation as a pandemic does not change WHO's assessment of the threat posed by the virus. It doesn't change what WHO is doing. And it doesn't change what countries should do."
- Trinity College Dublin is encouraging students to complete the semester in-country. In order to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus, lectures will be delivered online via Blackboard starting Monday 16 March. All tutorials, seminars and labs are continuing on campus as usual as of today. More information and the most recent updates can be found on their website.
- The Arcadia staff met virtually with students today to discuss the Greek Ministry of Health decision to close primary/secondary schools and universities and to discuss the center shift to online course delivery.
- Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) in Barcelona has shared plans to move this term’s exams online. The College is currently reviewing these plans and the implications for students.
- Goldsmiths University of London has now confirmed two cases of COVID-19 on campus. Individuals who might be at risk for the virus due to contact with the infected students have been contacted by Public Health England. Those at risk are in self-quarantine and are being supported by Goldsmiths.
- Public Health England (PHE) has confirmed two students at the University of Oxford have tested positive COVID-19. PHE is communicating with individuals who have had close contact with the students, and advising Oxford on whether further precautions are necessary.
- Communication has been sent to students studying at Goldsmiths and Oxford. Programs continue to operate as normal.
- The Greek Ministry of Health announced today that beginning tomorrow all primary/secondary schools and universities will close for two weeks. The closure is being enacted as a preventative measure to help slow the spread of COVID-19. There are currently 89 cases of COVID-19 in Greece.
- The Arcadia Athens Center will be closed tomorrow and Arcadia staff will be meeting with students virtually to discuss next steps.
- The Crisis Response Team for the College of Global Studies at Arcadia University is actively reviewing the impact of the Ministry's announcement on our program in Greece. We will provide an update to students, their families, and home schools by the end of the week.
- The Spanish government announced closures of primary/secondary schools and universities in the Madrid region and two cities in Basque Country as a containment measure related to an increase of COVID-19 cases in those regions.
- The Crisis Response Team for the College of Global Studies at Arcadia University is actively reviewing the implications of the closure on our programs in Barcelona, Granada, and Toledo. We will provide an update to students, their families, and home schools within the next day.
- Two students with flu-like symptoms residing in Arcadia managed housing in London have contacted the UK National Health Service for medical advice regarding COVID-19 due to their travel history. The students are self-isolating as a precaution. Arcadia’s staff in London are following all guidance from Public Health England to protect the welfare of the community.
- Communication has been sent to students studying in Arcadia’s London center, their families, and home schools.
- Arcadia programs in London continue to operate as normal.
- The visitor at Goldsmiths University of London has been diagnosed with COVID-19 and is self-isolating, as is the resident he was visiting and their flatmates. As shared yesterday, Public Health England has confirmed operations at Goldsmiths can continue as normal.
- There are 31 cases of coronavirus in Greece outside of Athens. The majority of these cases are linked to travel from other areas.
- Greek authorities announced the closure of all public venues in three western regions of the country for 48 hours on March 5, as a precaution.
- Arcadia’s program in Athens continues as normal.
- There are 13 cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland, including in Cork, Galway, Limerick and Dublin. The majority of these cases are linked to travel from other areas.
- Trinity College Dublin (TCD) has confirmed a case of coronavirus in its community. In consultation with Health Service (HSE) in Ireland, the university continues normal operations and are taking all appropriate steps to prevent further spread and protect the university community. As a precaution, TCD has closed one floor of the Biomedical Sciences Institute.
- Students at TCD are on semester break this week.
- Communication has been sent to students studying at TCD.
- All Arcadia programs in Ireland continue as normal.
All Arcadia programs outside of Italy continue to operate as normal.
Yesterday evening, students currently abroad were advised to continue following updates on this page as well as our Frequently Asked Questions. These two pages serve as a hub of COVID-19 information for all members of our community, and will be updated regularly. We have also reminded students to continue to look for additional updates and program-specific information from their Arcadia Center.
- There has been an outbreak of COVID-19 at an aged care facility located near Macquarie University. New South Wales Health authorities have confirmed operations at Macquarie can continue as normal.
- Communication has been sent to students studying at Macquarie.
- Yesterday’s suspected case of a guest at Goldsmiths University in London has not yet been confirmed positive. The student that the guest was visiting is in self-quarantine, as is one of their roommates. Public Health England has confirmed there is no risk to the wider Goldsmiths community.
- Communication has been sent to students studying at Goldsmiths.
- The U.S. Embassy has announced that passengers on U.S.-bound flight from Italy will not be permitted to board if their temperature is higher than 99.5 degrees Fahrenheit.
- The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has stated that travelers returning to the U.S. from Italy should stay home for 14 days and practice social distancing.
- Northern Ireland
- Queen’s University of Belfast (QUB) has confirmed one case on campus. The infected individual is being treated and appropriate steps have been taken to protect the wider University community.
- Communication has been sent to students studying at QUB.
- South Africa
- One case of coronavirus has been confirmed in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa involving an individual who traveled from Italy.
All students have been provided with information and advice related to the outbreak of coronavirus. Students participating in programs where cases have been reported locally have been sent information specific to their location.
- Australia: There are 42 cases of coronavirus in Australia. Sustained community transmission has not been reported.
- A case has been reported involving a Macquarie University faculty member who returned from travel in Iran. The faculty member did not visit campus since returning and is currently in isolation.
- A University of Queensland student living away from campus has been confirmed to have COVID-19. The student had recently returned from travels and had not been campus. He is currently in isolation.
- Greece: Four cases of coronavirus have been reported in Greece.
- Ireland: There are four cases of coronavirus in Ireland.
- Spain: There are 193 cases in Spain, including 28 in Barcelona. None have been confirmed in Granada. Sustained community transmission has not been reported.
- New Zealand: There are three cases of coronavirus in New Zealand.
- United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, and Wales): There are 85 cases overall. Sustained community transmission has not been reported.
- A guest visiting a graduate student residence hall at Goldsmiths University in London has been diagnosed with COVID-19. The Goldsmiths student the guest was staying with has tested negative and is self-isolating as a precautionary measure.
On the evening of Friday, February 28, the U.S. Department of State increased its Travel Advisory Level for Italy to Level 3: Reconsider Travel, and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) elevated their warning to Level 3: Avoid Nonessential Travel. In light of these changes, and out of an abundance of caution for the safety and well-being of our students, Arcadia University has suspended its on-site programming in Rome, Florence, and Perugia for spring 2020 semester. Yesterday evening, the Crisis Response Team contacted students in Italy, their parents, and their home schools to notify them of the change and to share information about next steps.
- Students have been asked to depart Italy on or before Friday, March 6. Our staff are providing support to students who need assistance in making arrangements.
- We are committed to providing students the opportunity to complete their academic program at a distance. We are working with academic partners in Perugia and Florence as well as the Arcadia Rome Center staff and faculty to ensure course completion and credit for students on our programs.
- Communication regarding completion of the academic program will begin on March 9, with resumption of academic activity occurring soon thereafter.
- We are actively working to identify any recoverable fees related to the program cancellation that will be passed on to students.
- Arcadia’s programs in Rome, Perugia, and Florence continue with minimal disruption.
- Our staff remains in close communication with students and our partners in Italy. We are continually assessing the situation with the goal of supporting student well-being.
- Over the weekend, a surge of coronavirus cases was reported in northern Italy, concentrated in small towns in the Lombardy and Veneto regions near Milan. We do not have programs in these areas.
- New cases confirmed in Spain and Greece; previously, cases had been reported in the UK and other European countries.
- Out of an abundance of caution, Arcadia's Rome Center, the Umbra Institute in Perugia, and the Accademia Italiana in Florence have canceled some academic excursions, and are reevaluating the practicality of activities outside the classroom.
- Communications have been sent to all students studying in Italy and Europe, their parents, and their home schools.
- Students have been advised to avoid travel to the highly affected areas in northern Italy, to carefully consider other travel plans in light of the fluidity of the situation, and to notify Arcadia staff immediately if they exhibit symptoms of the virus.