Western Kentucky University has canceled some study abroad programs involving Italy, as that country deals with a substantial outbreak of the coronavirus.
WKU has cancelled two study abroad courses in Italy based on warnings from the State Department and the Centers for Disease Control. Both programs were scheduled for May 25 through June 26 during the university’s summer term.
One cancellation is the faculty-led 'Photography in Rome' course.
The second cancellation is the 'WKU Bands Performance Tour and Study Abroad' which included locations in Venice and Milan, Italy, as well as stops in Greece, Albania and Croatia.
In addition, 14 other students planning to go to Italy for summer programs with partner schools will have to find other destinations.
The CDC has issued a Level 3 Warning to avoid nonessential travel to Italy due to widespread community transmission of respiratory illness caused by the coronavirus.