Wednesday, June 5, 2002
UC Suspends India Education Abroad Program
In the wake of a U.S. State Department travel warning issued
today, the University of California suspended its Fall 2002
Education Abroad Program (EAP) in India.
Concerned about the safety of its students, on Monday UC
put the program on hold in view of the military buildup and
the threat of war breaking out between India and Pakistan.
At the time, UC had said it would re-evaluate the decision
if the security situation in the region improved.
Today's State Department warning "strongly urges American
citizens currently in India to depart the country
have risen to serious levels, and the risk of intensified
military hostilities between India and Pakistan cannot be
Fifteen students were scheduled to travel to India later
this summer for study. No UC EAP students are currently studying
UC has two EAP sites in India, at Delhi and Hyderabad. UC
will leave in place its infrastructure and staff in India
to prepare for the eventual return of UC students.
Such actions are not without precedent: In recent years,
the University temporarily halted its Education Abroad activities
in China following the Tiananmen Square uprisings, in the
Middle East during the Gulf War, and in Indonesia during the
1999 civil unrest. Most recently, the University suspended
its Israel program this term because of safety considerations.
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