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Coronavirus Information and Updates

March 19, 2020

The following message has been sent to all SUNY New Paltz students studying abroad:

Dear Students,

I’m writing to you with an update about study abroad which is very serious.  Please read this very carefully.

The US Department of State will soon be announcing a Level 4 Travel Advisory applying to international travel for US citizens.  A Level 4 Travel Advisory is “do not travel”, the highest and most severe level.

Essentially, US citizens abroad are being advised to return to the US as soon as possible or face the prospect of being stuck abroad for an indefinite period of time under local shelter in place orders.

We are still waiting the official announcement from the Dept of State, but it is imminent.  Hence, this email to you.

Please pay attention to further emails from us and information coming forth from the Dept of State and Embassy in your study abroad country.

This is very serious, so let us know if you have a change in plans ASAP.  Be sure to update both forms.  Thanks.

Take care,
Christian Wilwohl
Director, Center for International Programs


March 11, 2020

The following message has been sent to all SUNY New Paltz students studying abroad.

Click here to view the message.


March 4, 2020

The Center for International Programs at SUNY New Paltz takes study abroad student health and safety very seriously.

We have been monitoring the coronavirus very carefully in conjunction with SUNY New Paltz Administration, our overseas partners, and SUNY System Administration. When advising students on educational travel, SUNY New Paltz is informed by the recommendations of the U.S. Department of State, the NYS Department of Health, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Effective immediately, the College has cancelled all campus-sponsored and official campus international travel for faculty, staff and students to CDC Level 2 or higher level countries or areas (as of today, Italy, South Korea, Iran, Japan and China).  We will be working closely with affected individuals to mitigate financial impacts. Anyone, employee or student, anticipating travel to CDC Level 2 or 3 countries (see above list) over spring break or during the spring 2020 semester, is strongly discouraged from doing so. As new countries or areas of the United States are added to CDC level 2 and 3 classifications, the same College-mandated travel restrictions will apply. Anyone who does travel to such areas will be required to notify their local health department, self-quarantine for 14 days and will not be permitted to come to campus for two weeks upon their return. 

Summer 2020 and Fall 2020 programs

  • For those considering summer and fall study abroad programs, the Center for International Programs will continue to monitor this dynamic and evolving situation through the Centers for Disease Control guidance, and we will post updates here as we know more. In the meantime, we will continue to accept applications. If you have questions or concerns, please contact Christian Wilwohl, Study Abroad Director (845-257-3125) /

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