San Diego State University (SDSU) announced that it will suspend its inbound and outbound study abroad exchange programs for the fall of 2020, due to the threat of coronavirus.  

“Given the long-term uncertainty associated with the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic as well as the indeterminate status of federal and local agencies whose operations support exchange and study abroad students, San Diego State University has made the difficult but necessary decision to suspend SDSU’s inbound and outbound study abroad exchange programs for fall 2020,” said SDSU in an open letter to its students. 

“Please note that international students studying at SDSU for the entirety of their degree program are not affected. These students will continue their programs without disruption,” it added. 

SDSU said the suspension will affect the following programs: 

  • SDSU Bilateral Exchange 
  • International Business Bilateral Exchange 
  • CSU International Exchange Programs 
  • ISEP Exchange 

While, the impacted exchange students will be the following: 

  • Outbound exchange students are SDSU students who are attending a partner institution abroad for one or two semesters and pay tuition to SDSU. 
  • Inbound exchange students are international students who are coming to SDSU for one or two semesters, then returning to their home university to finish their degree. These students pay tuition to their home university, not to SDSU. 

The open-letter is signed by Cristina Alfaro, SDSU Interim Associate Vice President for Global Affairs; Noah Hansen, International Student Center Director; and, Inemesit Williams, Study Abroad Office Associate Director. 


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