The University of California Education Abroad Program (UCEAP) has suspended its spring 2014 semester in Egypt (previously scheduled to start Jan. 26) as violent unrest and political uncertainty continue.
The suspension impacts 10 students who were enrolled to study advanced Arabic and other classes at the American University in Cairo (AUC).
UCEAP has offered students the option to enroll in other UCEAP programs in Jordan, Turkey or Israel that offer comparable classes.
"The safety of our students, faculty and staff is our top priority. Our 24/7 risk assessment and crisis and incident response management allow us to monitor and react to these environments," said Jean-Xavier Guinard, associate vice provost and executive director of the University of California Education Abroad Program. "We are closely monitoring the situation in Egypt and we will need to be reassured that the situation has stabilized enough before we can reopen our programs there."
UCEAP has established protocols over the past 13 years that include contingency planning and effective response to safety, security or health emergencies around the world. UCEAP will continue to monitor the situation to determine whether UCEAP operations through AUC will be resumed for the 2014-15 academic year. Students who are interested in studying in Egypt during the 2014-15 academic year are encouraged to speak to their campus advisors to determine the best alternative options.
Currently, UCEAP does not have any students studying in Egypt. The fall 2013 semester program was suspended on July 2 after an escalation in violence and the U.S. Department of State travel warning was issued.
The University of California Education Abroad Program (UCEAP) has served as the UC systemwide international exchange program since 1962. Serving all ten campuses, UCEAP continues its support of the University of California's mission through academic instruction and exchange relationships around the world. Through study abroad, UCEAP provides the opportunity for students to become international citizens and global thinkers, equipping them with the understanding and skills necessary for success in the global marketplace. For more information, visit eap.ucop.edu.