Study abroad program in Italy suspended

Italy Study Abroad Suspension: Update #1

Dear Student:

As you are probably aware, both the U.S. Department of State and the CDC have just elevated their travel warnings for Italy to a Level 3. Our highest priority is your health and well-being, and under these circumstances UMass Amherst has decided to suspend all study-abroad activity in Italy and is asking you to return home as soon as possible, and no later than Friday, March 6.

Please review the following information carefully:

  • Please look for email updates and guidance from your program or host institution. We are in close communication with them, so we are aware of the actions they are taking to support you during this time.  Please follow any instructions from them about moving out of your accommodation.
  • Contact your airline to request a change of flight for your return trip home ASAP.  Many universities are cancelling programs in Italy, and there will be a high demand for airline seats.  Please act quickly.  You need to return to the U.S. as soon as possible, and no later than Friday, March 6.
  • Confirm your new return flight itinerary with us.  We will be setting up an intake form and emailing you over the weekend with further instructions.  

We understand that you will have many questions, and there will be some gray areas in light of program suspension. Your safe return home is paramount to us, and we are working with all of our international partners to determine the details. We request your patience in these fast-changing circumstances.

We will continue to follow up with further communication and instructions as soon as it is available. Please share this with family members who need to have this information.  We will also be updating the UMass Coronavirus website as we go along.


Mark Eckman

Director of Education Abroad

Deputy Title IX Coordinator

International Programs Office

University of Massachusetts Amherst

+1 413 545 2710