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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Statement

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and in alignment with recommendations by Michigan State University, the administrative agent of JCMU, all ongoing and upcoming JCMU study abroad programs will be suspended through the end of summer 2020.


(Updated March 12, 2020)

Program Modifications

March 12, 2020

In alignment with recommendations by Michigan State University, the administrative agent of JCMU, all ongoing and upcoming JCMU study abroad programs will be suspended through the end of summer 2020. Updates will continue to be posted to this page.

Students currently in Japan are being informed and advised to depart for the United States as soon practicable and no later than March 17, 2020. JCMU will work with students to complete remaining coursework online.

Current applicants and students admitted for May and summer 2020 programs will have an option of transferring or withdrawing their applications.

March 11, 2020

Eastern Michigan University and The University of Michigan suspended study abroad for the current term. Students from these institutions are being asked to return home as soon as possible. JCMU has provided the following instructions to students to guide them in this transition:

March 10, 2020

Grand Valley State University cancelled study abroad programs that are departing between March 10, 2020 and June 15, 2020. A decision has not yet been made for programs departing after June 15. As a result, the JCMU Criminal Justice in Japan program for summer 2020 has been cancelled.

Risk Assessment Process

JCMU will continue to monitor the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak situation in close consultation the MSU COVID-19 Task Force. This group includes the Office for Education Abroad, the Office of International Health and Safety, the University PhysicianMSU PoliceStudent Affairs and Services, and many other campus units. The MSU COVID-19 Task Force is closely monitoring the outbreak; guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the U.S. Department of State, and local public health agencies; and is reviewing destinations impacted by the virus.

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