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Coronavirus Leads USF, UT To Alter Study Abroad Plans

USF students show their native flags at the International Festival in November 2015. USF is bringing some students studying abroad home early from countries like South Korea and Italy due to concerns about the coronavirus.
Mark Schreiner
The Florida Channel
Leon County Judge John Cooper on June 30, 2022, in a screen grab from The Florida Channel.

The coronavirus is causing local universities to bring home some of their students who were studying abroad.

Officials at the say four students who are in South Korea will be coming home soon. The programs that were hosting them canceled the remainder of the term.

While USF students studying in Italy have not been told to come home, they have been offered the opportunity to do so. They would then be able to complete the rest of their program online.

And two USF students from China who were interning in their native country are currently under quarantine there.

The Tampa Bay Times reports the University of Tampa is also altering its plans. One study abroad program that was heading to China will now go to Singapore. Another that was bound for South Korea is going to Germany instead.

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Mark Schreiner has been the producer and reporter for "University Beat" on WUSF 89.7 FM since 2001 and on WUSF TV from 2007-2017.