In light of the U.S. Department of State travel warning, UC has now suspended all its 2010-11 Education Abroad Programs in Japan. Read a letter from Jean-Xavier Guinard, executive director of UC's Education Abroad Program to students in Japan.
(March 14) While the situation in Japan remains fluid in the aftermath of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, UC can confirm that all 80 students registered in the Education Abroad Program (UCEAP) in that country have been located and are safe.
UCEAP continues to work with its partner institutions in Japan and, over the coming days and weeks, decisions will be made regarding the continuation of the program based on a number of factors, including an assessment of accommodations and access to needed resources for all UC students.
In addition, campus risk managers have reached out to the majority of the approximately 32 faculty, staff, researchers and graduate students in Japan. All are reported to be safe. We will have further updates when information becomes available.
(March 11) In the wake of Friday's 8.9 earthquake and resultant tsunami in Japan, the University of California has identified approximately 32 faculty, staff and researchers in Japan from virtually every UC campus. In addition, approximately 80 students from UC's Education Abroad Program (UCEAP) are registered to study in Japan. However, UCEAP's academic year in Japan is on a long spring break, and many students are traveling in other parts of Asia, or may be in California with their families. For updates, please visit www.eap.ucop.edu.
The University of California uses multiple travel and security assistance providers, including iJet and Europ Assistance, to help in cases of natural disasters and other dangerous situations. These companies are standing by to provide any assistance UC students and personnel may require.
Currently, the university is not aware of any injured or harmed students or staff. Individual campuses are reaching out to their travelers to ensure their safety and well being.
If the university determines that UC students/faculty/staff need to be relocated from Japan to protect their safety, we will work with our travel and security assistance providers to get them the help they need.