Students abroad: International Education continues programs, monitors security

Dr. Sarah Stevenson, director of international education at St. Thomas, and Ann Hubbard, associate director, sent the following letter this week to St. Thomas students in study-abroad programs.

Dear St. Thomas Study Abroad Student:

We know that you are as shocked and saddened as we are by last week’s attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. This is a difficult time to be away from home and we encourage you to stay in communication with your families. The staff at International Education has your safety foremost in our minds and is monitoring the situation both at home and abroad. We are in close contact with study-abroad colleagues and program offices throughout the United States and abroad in order to share information. We think it is important for you to know that as of today we are unaware of any programs canceling or sending U.S. students home.

Most study-abroad programs, including St. Thomas, have a policy regarding the cancellation of programs. We would only cancel a program and return students to the United States if the U.S. Department of State or the U.S. embassy in the host country recommended such action.

If an individual student elects to return home at this time, each program’s cancellation policies would apply. Please consult with your study abroad program’s procedures to understand the process and financial implications of early cancellation.

Again we remind you to refer to the safety precautions listed in the St. Thomas Pre-Departure Handbook and in our email sent to you last week. Follow your study-abroad program policies for keeping staff informed of your whereabouts and well-being. And, as always, you may contact the International Education Center , (651) 962-6450, if you have concerns or questions.