AMHERST, Mass. - The University of Massachusetts Amherst International Risk Management Committee (IRMC) has suspended student participation in all Education Abroad programs in Israel for the Fall 2014 semester.
In reaching this decision, the IRMC considered input and information from multiple sources, including insurance and risk management consultants and the U.S. Department of State, which recommends the deferral of any non-essential travel. The committee also considered the recent evacuation of UMass Amherst students and faculty from Israel.
The timing of the decision was motivated by a student who was to begin a program at Tel Aviv University next week. One other student scheduled for a program at Bar Ilan University, beginning in October, will be affected by this cancellation.
The international programs office will reimburse the students fully for any non-recoverable expenses incurred in preparation for their programs in Israel, including airfare, program application fees and deposits, and visa fees.
The dean of students office has offered the students assistance with securing housing and course enrollments for the fall or with finding alternative study abroad programs.