Study abroad and travel updates for COVID-19 – South Korea and Italy

Message to the USC Community

From: Charles F. Zukoski, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs; Felicia A. Washington, Senior Vice President for Human Resources; Winston B. Crisp, Vice President for Student Affairs; Anthony Bailey, Vice President for Strategic and Global Initiatives

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a Level 3 travel advisory for South Korea, which advises against all non-essential travel. As a result, we are requiring students to leave the country, and we are working actively with them to make arrangements to travel back to USC.

In addition, with the rapidly evolving situation in the Veneto and Lombardy regions of Italy, we are contacting students in those areas to arrange for their travel home. Students who are studying in other parts of Italy are not required to leave, but we are asking them to stay in close contact with their program administrators in case travel restrictions are required in the future.

We want to reiterate that there have been no cases of COVID-19 at USC.

For general questions or comments about COVID-19, please call 213-740-6291 or email You can find all the latest information at our campus emergency website, including frequently asked questions.

Any student who is feeling worried or concerned for family or friends overseas should contact Counseling and Mental Health Services in USC Student Health at 213-740-9355 (WELL). Faculty and staff are encouraged to call the Center for Work and Family Life at 213-821-0800. Campus Support & Intervention is also available for any university member at 213-740-0411. We are all here for you.

Your safety, well-being, and ability to continue your studies and other activities remain the highest priorities for the entire leadership of USC.

cc: Office of the President
Academic Deans
President’s Senior Leadership Team
Provost’s Leadership Team
Academic Senate
Staff Assembly
GSG President
USG President