Last Updated: 3/22/20


You can read the latest update on the CSU Safety website. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is a good resource for better understanding the current concern and spread of the virus.

Updates Regarding Laurel Hall Operations

Due to the current COVID-19 situation, Laurel Hall will not be open to the public, starting on 3/19/20.

For questions about education abroad, please contact or call 970-491-6342. For questions about international student and scholar services, please contact or call 970-491-5917. In your voicemail message, please leave your name and CSU ID number. The voicemail will be checked on a regular basis.

Updates Regarding Education Abroad

The Office of International Programs is closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation as it evolves abroad. This includes watching Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and U.S. Department of State travel warnings. We are making decisions regarding study abroad programs and faculty travel based on those warnings and additional health information, and we are communicating frequently with students who are abroad.

March 21 Update

CSU has asked all students abroad to return to the U.S. as soon as possible and not to continue with personal travel. The State Department issued a Global Level 4 Health Advisory – Do Not Travel to avoid all international travel.

March 13 Update

As a result of the recent changes in global assessments, CSU is recommending or requiring that all students studying abroad return to the United States.

Students who are studying abroad and are being asked (required) to return home

Schengen Area” in mainland Europe

CSU has asked our students studying in the mainland Europe (the Schengen Area) to return home because of increased travel restrictions and CDC alert level 3 “Avoid Nonessential Travel”. Following President Trump’s address to the nation on March 11, the Centers for Disease Control began updating all travel alert levels worldwide. As of March 12, nearly all countries in Europe were elevated to a CDC Travel Alert of level 3: Avoid Non-Essential Travel. This is a CSU marker to ask students to leave a country.

In addition, earlier this semester CSU asked students in some regions or in the countries of Japan, Italy, and China to return to the U.S. (see below timestamped updates for additional information).

Students who we recommend return home

All other countries, except for the required countries in the Schengen Area, China, and South Korea

As a result of changes in global risk assessments, CSU also recommends that CSU students not studying in Europe’s Schengen Area, China, or South Korea return to the U.S. to avoid potential travel restrictions and exposure to the virus.

If these countries reach the thresholds under the General Guidelines for asking students to return, then more countries may move from the “recommended” to the “required” to return status.

March 10 Update

On March 10, Colorado State University asked our students studying at Kansai Gaidai University in Japan to return home as soon as possible. This is because our partner agency providing the academic experience in Japan is moving to all online classes in a few weeks and students are being asked to leave by March 27.

The university will be in direct contact with the returning students as they return home to ensure that they are following the university’s travel guidance regarding returning from a country with a CDC level 2 travel warning, and providing them with information about following self-isolation guidance.

We continue to closely monitor Centers for Disease Control and Prevention travel guidance regarding other students currently studying in Japan at other universities and through other programs.

In addition, we are continuing to be in close contact with our academic providers across the globe to continue to support and advise our students, including watching decisions from our partner international universities as they make decisions regarding classes and academic programs in their countries.

February 29 Update

On Feb. 29, we asked all students studying abroad in Italy to return home. CSU made our decision to ask students in Italy to return home, based on the CDC level 3 “Avoid Nonessential Travel” notice for Italy and the U.S. Department of State level 3 with a “Reconsider Travel” warning because of the continuing spread of the COVID-19. We also are aware that with every day it will be more difficult for our students in Italy to change flights, risk of exposure becomes greater, and further restrictions may be imposed to slow the spread of the virus.

We continue to watch warnings associated with other countries, and will act according to travel notices at these levels to determine if we will ask students to return home.

We are following all protocols and guidelines for travelers returning to the United States from international travel.

General Guidelines for Return

CSU International Travel Oversight Committee looks at multiple factors to decide if CSU should ask students to return from any country for health and safety concerns as with an outbreak of COVID-19. Here is a list of considerations:

  • Our partner institutions or organizations abroad cancel programs, cancels all classes, or postpones classes indefinitely.
  • The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issues its highest warning, a level 3, which is “Avoid Nonessential Travel” for a region or country.
  • The U.S. Department of State issues its highest warning, a level 4, which is “Do Not Travel” to a region or country.
  • A regional quarantine, imminent threat of a quarantine, or other travel restrictions (airports closing, flights canceled, border restriction etc.) may restrict travelers to return home or leave the affected country.
  • Our insurance carriers limit coverage to a destination, which will greatly restrict CSU’s ability to support students in an emergency.
  • A majority of U.S. peer institutions are canceling programs and requiring students to leave the region/country.
  • Other unanticipated factors limit CSU’s ability to support students’ well-being or act in everyone’s best interests.

Updates Regarding International Students & Scholars

March 22 Update

View the update on travel, programs, and services for international students and scholars.

March 15 Update

Important Message from the President of Colorado State University

Dear CSU International Students and Families,

Thank you for coming to CSU to be part of our academic community. We know you could have chosen another university and we are deeply grateful to you for choosing CSU. I have had the opportunity to meet many of you and you enrich our campus every day. However, due to the global crisis presented by the spread of the coronavirus, we know many of you and your families understandably want you to return home. If you believe it is necessary to return home, we will stand by you and do everything possible to give you the opportunity to complete your academic year and this semester. Above all else, you will always be a member of the CSU family and we will miss you. Please keep in touch over the miles, and the weeks, months and years.

Because of quickly evolving travel restrictions that may make it difficult for you to travel, we are advising those of you who want to return home to make immediate arrangements to return home.

We understand that you are worried about the impacts to your academic studies, if the university resumes face-to-face courses before the end of the semester. If you return home, we are committed to making accommodations to help you finish your semester while you remain in your home country. You would not be required you to return in person to Colorado State University.


March 14 Update

View the update on travel, programs, and services for international students and scholars.

March 9 Update

View an update on travel restrictions for international students and scholars.

Note about Asian Culture & Surgical Masks

In Asian culture, using a face mask or a surgical mask is common. Masks are used to both prevent pollution and infection getting to the mask wearer as well as to stop the spread of illness from the mask wearer to others. You may see Chinese students or scholars with facemasks, but that does not mean they have COVID-19. They may be trying to protect themselves from the common cold or flu.

Additional Message of Support from Office of International Programs

For some of our Chinese friends and families who may be far from home and worried about your loved ones’ health and safety, we are here for you. We support you as fellow Rams!