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Looking for calendar and other updates related to COVID-19? Visit our COVID-19 Announcements page.

COVID-19 UPDATES:


OCTOBER 22, 2020: IAU PUBLISHES SPRING 2021 COVID-19 PREPAREDNESS PLAN FOR SPAIN AND FRANCE

IAU-ACM’s goal is to provide a safe learning environment for its students, faculty, staff, and administrators. While the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects will continue to evolve both in the U.S. and abroad, IAU-ACM is putting plans into place to best respond to the needs of its community. Through transparent protocols and measures, IAU-ACM aims to work towards a common goal of institutional preparedness that will inspire confidence for international travel amongst partner universities, students, and families. The plan assumes that international borders are open, travel restrictions have been loosened, and on-the-ground restrictions continue to ease. IAU-ACM will reevaluate and update the plan on an ongoing basis using the guidance of national and local government officials and health professionals in France and Spain. 

Please find the latest version of the IAU-ACM COVID-19 Plan below: 


SEPTEMBER 14, 2020: IAU PUBLISHES FALL 2020 COVID-19 STUDENT GUIDE FOR AIX-EN-PROVENCE, FRANCE 

IAU-ACM’s goal is to provide a safe learning environment for its students, faculty, staff, and administrators. This guide will illustrate how France is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and describe the COVID-19 procedures and policies students should follow while in France.

France has an excellent public health system and put into place a robust response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Like many European countries, it went into lockdown (called confinement in French) in mid-March and began a gradual reopening in May. The hardest-hit parts of the country were the Paris region and the Alsace region. The virus is still active in France but at present most businesses are open, and schools and universities have opened for in-person teaching, supplemented in some cases by remote teaching. Mask use is widespread and is required by law inside any public space such as stores, offices, schools, and places of worship. France has put into place strong testing and contact tracing procedures to manage clusters of COVID-19 when they emerge. Testing is widely available.

The following guidelines will help students have a safe and productive stay in France. Keep in mind that COVID-19 is a new disease, and guidelines may change based on new knowledge and developments. IAU/ACM is in regular contact with local and national authorities and will update guidance on a regular basis.

Please find the latest version of the IAU-ACM COVID-19 Student Guide below: 



SEPTEMBER 9, 2020: IAU PUBLISHES FALL 2020 COVID-19 PREPAREDNESS PLAN FOR AIX-EN-PROVENCE, FRANCE 

IAU is thrilled to welcome students to its campus in Aix-en-Provence, France this Fall 2020 semester. IAU’s goal is to provide a safe learning environment for its students, faculty, staff, and administrators. While the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects will continue to evolve both in the U.S. and abroad, IAU is putting plans into place to best respond to the needs of its community. Through transparent protocols and measures, IAU aims to work towards a common goal of institutional preparedness that will inspire confidence for international travel amongst partner universities, students, and families. The plan assumes that international borders are open, travel restrictions have been loosened, and on-the-ground restrictions continue to ease. IAU will reevaluate and update the plan on an ongoing basis using the guidance of national and local government officials and health professionals in France. 

Please find the latest version of the IAU-ACM COVID-19 Preparedness Plan below:


APRIL 21, 2020: IAU ANNOUNCES UPDATES TO FALL 2020 CALENDAR AND PROGRAM FEES

We hope this message finds everyone in good health during the current pandemic. We would like to announce that after careful consideration, and with the safety, security, and health of the students as a top priority, we have decided to revise the fall academic calendar at each of our locations and to delay the start of the semester by three weeks. Our hope is that the current situation abates soon and current travel and on-the-ground restrictions are lifted in the not-too-distant future. If that is the case, we want to be ready to support our students. In the current climate, the only thing we can control are academic calendars, deadlines, and refund policies, and below you will find related updates concerning those items. This information has been shared with all fall applicants we currently have on file.

REVISED FALL 2020 CALENDARS

Aix-en-Provence (September 26 - December 19, 2020)

 Early Start Program Arrival (optional)  Wednesday, September 23
 Arrival  Saturday, September 26
 Orientation  Monday, September 28
 Classes Begin  Tuesday, September 29
 Orientation Study Trip  Saturday, October 3
 Mid-Semester Exams  Monday, November 2 - Friday, November 6
 Fall Break  Wednesday, November 11 - Sunday, November 15
 Last Day of Class  Tuesday, December 15
 Final Exams  Wednesday, December 16 - Friday, December 18
 Departure  Saturday, December 19



Barcelona, Spain
 (September 25 - December 13, 2020)

 Arrival (Early Start - Optional)  Tuesday, September 22
 Arrival   Friday, September 25
 Orientation & City Tour  Saturday, September 26
 Study Tour to Tarragona  Sunday, September 27
 Classes Begin  Monday, September 28
 Study Tour to Montserrat  Friday, October 9
 Mid-Semester Exams  Monday, November 2 - Thursday, November 5
 Weekend Study Tour to Madrid  Friday, November 6 - Sunday, November 8
 Thanksgiving - No Classes (IAU Center Open)  Thursday, November 26
 Last Day of Class  Tuesday, December 8
 Final Exams
 Wednesday, December 9 - Friday, December 11        
 Farewell Ceremony  Friday, December 11
 Departure  Sunday, December 13


Contact Hours:
 The requisite contact hours for a full semester (12-18 credits) will remain intact during this shortened semester through a combination of extended class periods, additional class meetings, and incorporated study tours. Our dedication to experiential learning remains strong and will continue this fall through field study tours, course trips, volunteer and service-learning opportunities, and our internship program.

Reduced Fees: Housing options will remain the same in each location (in Aix, students can reside in a homestay with meals while in Barcelona students can select a homestay with meals or an apartment with no meals), and the overall program fees have been reduced according to the fewer number of days. The program fees include tuition, housing, activities, and student health and repatriation insurance. 


Scholarships: 
IAU’s robust scholarship program, which includes merit, diversity, and on-campus work-study awards (which go toward housing costs), will remain in force. Even with the reduced pricing, we understand that cost remains a barrier to studying abroad and IAU is committed to doing all it can to address those needs.

Visa Requirements: Reducing the amount of time in the typical fall semester not only buys us more time in the face of the pandemic, but it eliminates the student visa requirement for U.S. passport-holding students (and many other nationalities as well) since the number of days for each program is under 90.

Updated Refund Policy: In an effort to support students and families in making decisions about studying abroad, IAU has made changes to the refund policy to allow for more flexibility. The updated refund policy is as follows:

  • Withdrawals 30 days or more prior to program start date: full refund of all fees paid (including enrollment deposit)
  • Withdrawals within 30 days of program start date: 75% of tuition and 75% of housing will be refunded
  • As of program start date or after: no tuition or housing refunds


Fall 2020 Application Deadline:
The application deadline for Fall 2020 programs is now June 1st (previously May 1st). 

New Social Distancing Protocol Measures:
 While IAU will strictly follow country and local government health guidelines, IAU’s administration is currently drafting plans as to how its classes, lodging arrangements, activities, and trips will be carried out to help protect the health and safety of our students and community. Among other things, we will reduce the enrollment cap per classroom, increase time between courses to minimize cross-traffic, increase the availability of hand sanitizer in all facilities, and provide specific mandates of spacing while on chartered modes of transportation. The full plan will be released to our fall applicants and their universities once finalized. For now, and at a minimum, we hope this plan can restore a bit of hope and confidence that a return to normal – whatever that may look like – is not too far off.

Please direct any questions about the revised Fall 2020 program calendars, fees, and policies to Kurt Schick, Dean of Admissions. 


APRIL 2, 2020: UPDATE FROM IAU ON CURRENT SITUATION FOR SPRING 2020 STUDENTS & SUMMER/FALL 2020 TERMS

In an effort to bring our community up to date on IAU operations during the COVID-19 epidemic, we would like to share the following update. Our Spring 2020 students have either returned to the United States, their home country or are sheltering in place with host families in Aix-en-Provence. IAU is heartbroken for our spring semester students who needed to leave their program prematurely due to the current COVID-19 crisis. We are pleased that everyone that returned has transitioned safely to their respective homes and that by all accounts, everyone is healthy.  Our present focus is on the completion of the current semester through our remote learning platform, which began on Monday, March 30th, and enabling the students to complete their coursework and receive the academic credit for which they signed up. In the spirit of supporting our spring semester students whose on-site programs were cut short, we will soon be announcing substantial tuition discounts for these students to return on future IAU programs. 

It is our goal to help support all students in this transition, and in an effort to do this we would like to remind you of the following resources:

IAU Weekly Wellness Circles
Every Tuesday at 4:00pm PDT (for Barcelona students), Tuesday at 5:00pm PDT (for Aix students), and Friday at 10:00am PDT (for all students), students will have the opportunity to engage in dialogue with IAU’s Wellness Coordinator, Arianna Zabriskie, via Zoom. The goal of these ongoing sessions is to create a safe space for students to share their experiences of returning home or remaining abroad, discuss challenges in adjusting to academics online and life after being abroad, offer students resources and techniques for stress management, and to provide a space for students to connect with one another. Students will receive a weekly email invitation to register for these sessions. Students can also register HERE at any time.

For those still in Aix-en-Provence or Barcelona, the Director of IAU’s Wellness Center, Annabel Martin, remains available. Students may contact her at any time at iauwellness@iau.edu or +33 (0)6 75 00 55 83 (text messages or WhatsApp).

Follow us on Instagram and Facebook
IAU has started an #IAUQuarantineSeries, where staff, administrators, and students currently abroad create posts on their experiences while living under these unique circumstances. In our global community, quarantine is now a shared experience, no matter where one is located, and the posts are meant to reflect on meaning and beauty that one finds while under confinement. The series continues to evolve as the current situation abroad evolves, and we encourage students to share comments online by following @instituteamericanuniversities. 

Staying Connected with IAU
Although students may not be abroad anymore, IAU is here for them and asks that they please consider us a resource as they navigate this new experience. If students experience challenges in regards to remote learning, we ask that they engage with their professors to collaborate on developing a plan of success. The U.S.-based IAU Admissions Counselors are also a resource to help answer questions and connect students to resources.

On-Campus and Community Resources
While students’ home universities may be closed, they continue to offer support services to students remotely. This includes general student support services and wellness support services. In addition to wellness services offered by home universities, IAU asks that students also consider the health-related resources available within the students’ home communities. If students feel that they need mental health support, we encourage them to reach out to their universities and local health care providers to ensure they get the care they need. For students who remain in Aix, please contact Dr. Leigh Smith at leigh.smith@iau.edu or Philip Breeden at philip.breeden@iau.edu if you are ill or need other support.  The health and well-being of our students are of the utmost importance, and we urge our student community to connect with the resources available.

Looking Toward Summer and Fall 2020 Terms
Despite what appears to be a major challenge ahead for our nation and the world in containing the current COVID-19 pandemic, we are moving forward with contingency plans for the upcoming summer term and fall semester at our Aix-en-Provence, France and Barcelona, Spain locations. We realize many U.S. institutions have outright canceled summer program options for their students. And while we understand the need to make these decisions well in advance, our hope is that we may still be able to salvage a summer abroad opportunity for those students who seek one. That being said, we have moved both of our summer programs back by a month or more in the hopes that doing so will buy enough time to see border, shelter-in-place, travel, and on-the-ground restrictions lifted. At our Aix campus, the French Honors Program and the Marchutz School of Fine Arts will still operate within the revised calendar. The new calendars can be found below: 


For the fall 2020 semester, IAU will continue monitoring the current COVID-19 situation and should restrictions be lifted, we will move forward with the normal academic calendar. However, if we feel that the already-challenging student visa process will be negatively affected by the current crisis, we may adjust the semester calendar to where the program is fewer than 90 days (with the possibility of some academic work prior to and after the on-the-ground programming), thereby mitigating any issues related to procuring a student visa. We will aim to make this decision no later than June 1st. 

Please do not hesitate to contact IAU using the information below with any questions you might have—we are here for you!

IN USA
Dr. Jessica Calhoun
Assistant Dean of Admissions and Alumni Affairs
800-221-2051 (office)
858-282-1630 (mobile)
Jessica.calhoun@iau.edu 

IN FRANCE
Dr. Leigh Smith
Dean of Students (in Aix-en-Provence)
+33 6 82 59 64 48 (mobile)
Leigh.smith@iau.edu 

Professor Philip J. Breeden
Vice President of Administration
TEL: +33 (0) 442 217 630
MOB: +33 (0) 783 285 795
Philip.Breeden@iau.edu 

IN SPAIN
Dr. Ignasi Perez
IAU Barcelona Center Director (in Barcelona)
+34 696 96 44 55 (mobile)
Ignasi.perez@iau.edu 


MARCH 19, 2020: U.S. STATE DEPARTMENT ISSUES TRAVEL WARNING - U.S. CITIZENS ARE DISCOURAGED FROM TRAVELING ABROAD


On March 19, 2020, the U.S. State Department issued a statement in which they advise all U.S. citizens to avoid international travel. You can see the statement here. IAU is making sure that students who have chosen to stay up to this point on their programs in Aix-en-Provence, France and Barcelona, Spain are aware of this latest travel warning. As part of the warning, the U.S. State Department says, "U.S. citizens who live in the United States should arrange for immediate return to the United States, unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.” Given the uncertainty of mobility, IAU is encouraging – yet not mandating – its students to leave their respective campuses and to return to the U.S. IAU staff remain available in Aix and Barcelona and students are encouraged to contact them, using the information provided below, should they need to. Students should keep IAU updated on their travel itineraries and/or complete the remote request form and/or link to the attestation for travel to the airport.

This is a developing situation and IAU will continue to monitor it and provide updates as needed.

All students are Aix encouraged to following the contact information and instructions below. For students who remain in Barcelona, they may contact Dr. Ignasi Perez, IAU Barcelona Center Director, at +34 696 96 44 55 (mobile) or Ignasi.perez@iau.edu.   

AIX CONTACTS

Dean Leigh Smith
Email: leigh.smith@iau.edu
Telephone: 0682596448

Vice President Philip Breeden
Email: philip.breeden@iau.edu
Telephone: 0783285795

For Housing Matters, please contact Fleur Arella and Margaux Hofstedt:

Fleur Arella:  
Mobile phone :  +33 682 59 64 51
Email :  fleur.arella@iau.edu

Margaux Hofstedt: 
Mobile phone : +33 687687018
Email: 
margaux.hofstedt@iau.edu  

As a reminder, the IAU emergency number is 00 800 1957 1958 (on the back of IAU student IDs).  Otherwise, within France, you can call the SAMU (service d'aide médicale urgente) by dialing simply 15 as another source of information

Our amazing Alumni Fellows are here for students as well.  They are also in confinement but are available at:

Sophia Deyden
Email: sophia.deyden@iau.edu
Telephone: 0769955321

Israel Fregoso
Email: israel.fregoso@iau.edu
Telephone: 0769911499


MARCH 19, 2020 UPDATE: IAU CONTINUES TO MONITOR THE COVID-19 SITUATION

IAU continues to monitor the COVID-19 situation on its campuses in Aix-en-Provence and Barcelona. On Thursday, March 19, Vice President Breeden sent the following message to all students remaining in Aix-en-Provence: 


Dear IAU/ACM Students in Aix:  

First, I want you to know that IAU/ACM staff and teaching personnel are available for you at any time.  You are not alone during this confinement period.  We will be in regular contact with you and you should never hesitate to contact us.  We will get through this period together, with solidarity, creativity, and generosity.

I want to update you on how we are managing access to Manning Hall for the confinement period.  

As of Friday, March 20, we will move to an appointment-only system for access to Manning Hall.  If you need to come to Manning Hall for any reason, please make an appointment by contacting:

Dean Leigh Smith
Email: leigh.smith@iau.edu
Telephone: 0682596448

or

Vice President Philip Breeden
Email: philip.breeden@iau.edu 
Telephone: 0783285795

During this time, the Wellness Center Director Annabelle Martin remains available.  You can contact her at any time at iauwellness@iau.edu or 06 75 00 55 83 (text messages or WhatsApp)

For Housing Matters, your contacts remain Fleur Arella and Margaux Hofstedt

Fleur Arella:  
Mobile phone :  +33 682 59 64 51
Email :  fleur.arella@iau.edu

Margaux Hofstedt: 
Mobile phone : +33 687687018
Email: margaux.hofstedt@iau.edu  

As a reminder, the IAU emergency number is 00 800 1957 1958 (on the back of your IAU student ID).  Otherwise, within France, you can call the SAMU (service d'aide médicale urgente) by dialing simply 15 as another source of information

Our amazing Alumni Fellows are here for you as well.  They are also in confinement but are available at:

Sophia Deyden
Email: sophia.deyden@iau.edu
Telephone: 0769955321

Israel Fregoso
Email: israel.fregoso@iau.edu
Telephone: 0769911499

Lastly, the U.S. Embassy put out a renewed health and travel  alert today, March 19, which I share below:

Health Alert - U.S. Embassy Paris, France (March 19, 2020)

Location:  France

Event:  France has confirmed cases of COVID-19 throughout the country.  U.S. citizens who are considering returning to the United States are strongly urged to work with their airlines to make travel arrangements while flights are still available.  As of March 17, 2020, all European Union external borders, including those of France, are closed.  U.S. citizens may still depart France to return to the United States, but travel across the Schengen area’s internal borders will be significantly restricted.

On March 16, 2020, the Government of France announced measures to minimize contact and travel. A containment system has been put into effect throughout France.  If necessary, travel is permitted in the following cases:

  • Between home and work when telework is not possible;
  • To make essential purchases in authorized local shops;
  • For health reasons;
  • To care for children or help vulnerable people; or
  • Brief movements near or around one’s residence for individual exercise or pet care. 

Travel to the airport is also permitted.  If you must travel for one of these reasons, you must carry an attestation (the form with an English translation is available on our U.S. Embassy COVID-19 webpage).

Due to reduced staffing, only emergency American Citizen Services are available at the U.S. Embassy in Paris and Consulate General in Marseille.  Very limited visa services for those who qualify for an exception to the Presidential Proclamation restricting travel to the United States are available in Paris.

Actions to Take: 

  • Consult the CDC website for the most up-to-date information on the disease. 
  • Dial 15 for emergency services in France if you have severe symptoms such as difficulty breathing.  Do not go directly to an emergency department, doctor’s office, or clinic.
  • Visit our Embassy webpage on COVID-19 for information on conditions in France.
  • For information on what you can do to reduce your risk of contracting COVID-19, please see the CDC’s latest recommendations.
  • Visit the COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov for the latest information regarding foreign countries’ quarantine requirements and other global impacts.
  • Have a plan to depart from France that does not rely on U.S. government assistance.
  • Check with your airlines or cruise lines regarding any updated information about your travel plans and/or restrictions.
  • Visit the Department of Homeland Security’s website on the latest travel restrictions affecting travel to the U.S.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.

Assistance:

American Citizen Services Unit
4, avenue Gabriel
75382 Paris Cedex 08
France
Telephone in France: 01 43 12 22 22
Telephone from U.S.: (011 33) 1 43 12 22 22
CitizenInfo@state.gov

U.S. Consulate General Marseille, France
+33 (1) 43 12 22 22
CitizenInfoMarseille@state.gov

State Department – Consular Affairs
888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444

France Country Specific Information

Enroll in Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts.
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MARCH 16, 2020 UPDATE: FRENCH GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCES NEW RESTRICTIONS ON MOBILITY OF CITIZENS

On Monday, March 16, French President Emmanuel Macron announced new restrictions to minimize contact and travel in France. A containment system is in place throughout the country starting Tuesday, March 17 at 12:00 p.m., for a minimum of fifteen days. Travel is prohibited except for exceptional cases, which can be found in detail on the French government's website. 

All IAU students studying in Aix-en-Provence received the following message on Tuesday, March 17 from IAU Vice President Philip Breeden: 


Dear Students : 

The new movement restrictions announced by the French government on March 16 mean we must adjust our posture at our Aix-en-Provence campus.  We remain available to any and all IAU/ACM students with questions and concerns.  Effective immediately our posture is as follows:

Most IAU/ACM staff are working from home and accessible via email and phone.  Beginning Tuesday, March 17 we are closed to the public and will institute a minimum admin presence in Manning Hall, 8 rue de Littera,  from 12:00-17:00, Monday to Friday.  We will do this as long as we have IAU/ACM students present in Aix, and movement restrictions permit.  Students who need to access Manning Hall should make an appointment by calling the central number: +33 0442230282 to ensure they can access Manning Hall.  Such visits should be kept to a minimum, particularly for the next two weeks.

For students returning to the U.S. rest assured that the new French border restrictions will not prevent you from returning to the U.S., although you should expect delays and disruptions as airlines continue to change their schedules. 

The necessary attestation for coming to Manning Hall is here. The Health Guidance is repeated below.  In addition, French Health authorities have warned against the use of anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen if you are diagnosed with COVID-19.

Key personnel and their phone numbers are below.

IN USA
Dr. Jessica Calhoun
Assistant Dean of Admissions and Alumni Affairs
800-221-2051 (office)
858-282-1630 (mobile)
Jessica.calhoun@iau.edu

IN FRANCE
Dr. Leigh Smith
Dean of Students (in Aix-en-Provence)
+33 6 82 59 64 48 (mobile)
Leigh.smith@iau.edu

Professor Philip J. Breeden
Vice President of Administration
TEL: +33 (0) 442 217 630
MOB: +33 (0) 783 285 795

Housing:
Fleur Arella: Mobile phone : +33 682 59 64 51 Email : fleur.arella@iau.edu
Margaux Hofstedt: Mobile phone : +33 687687018 Email: margaux.hofstedt@iau.edu

As a reminder, the IAU emergency number is 00 800 1957 1958 (on the back of your IAU student ID)
Otherwise, within France, you can call the SAMU (service d'aide médicale urgente) by dialing simply 15 as another source of information

Health Guidance:

  1. Wash your hands often with soap for at least 20 seconds
  2. Avoid close contact with people who show flu-like symptoms or who suffer from acute respiratory infections (bronchitis, pneumonia, etc.)
  3. Do not touch your face, eyes, nose, and mouth with your hands
  4. Cover your nose and mouth when coughing, and cough in your arm, not your hands
  5. Do not take antibiotics or antiviral medication unless prescribed by your doctor
  6. Clean surfaces with alcohol or Clorox disinfectants
  7. Use a mask only if you think you're sick or if you are assisting a sick person

MARCH 14, 2020 UPDATE: U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY RELEASES NOTICE OF ARRIVAL RESTRICTIONS


The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has outlined a new process for the arrival of American citizens after visiting certain countries in Europe. The entire article can be found on the DHS website and states the following:

"Effective for flights taking off at 11:59 PM EDT on Friday, March 13th, Americans returning from all restricted countries will now be required to travel through the following 13 airports:

  • Boston-Logan International Airport (BOS), Massachusetts
  • Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD), Illinois
  • Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW), Texas
  • Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW), Michigan
  • Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL), Hawaii
  • Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL), Georgia
  • John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), New York
  • Los Angeles International Airport, (LAX), California
  • Miami International Airport (MIA), Florida
  • Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR), New Jersey
  • San Francisco International Airport (SFO), California
  • Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA), Washington
  • Washington-Dulles International Airport (IAD), Virginia

Upon arrival, travelers will proceed to standard customs processing. They will then continue to enhanced entry screening where the passenger will be asked about their medical history, current condition, and asked for contact information for local health authorities. Passengers will then be given written guidance about COVID-19 and directed to proceed to their final destination, and immediately home-quarantine in accordance with CDC best practices.''

IAU students returning to the U.S. from their respective programs should keep this information in mind when booking/rebooking their flights.



MARCH 13, 2020 UPDATES

MARCH 13, 2020: BARCELONA, SPAIN - UPDATE ON IAU OPERATIONS DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC 

There have been some significant changes in Europe over the past 24 hours. On March 13 (today), the Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez declared a national “state of alarm”, which gives the Spanish government the authority to take steps to prohibit the free movement of people and to guarantee the supply of food in supermarkets.  Additionally, all universities in Spain will be closed from March 16-27. 

Given these unprecedented circumstances, IAU in Barcelona will move to a fully remote teaching posture until further notice for all students, whether they return to the US or remain in Barcelona
.  Students who have already departed Barcelona can count on courses being delivered remotely for the remainder of the semester.  For those who remain in Spain, courses will be delivered remotely until further notice and may resume in an in-person format at a later date. 

IAU will continue to provide administrative services and housing for students who remain in Barcelona.  During the week of March 16, IAU Barcelona Center will be closed.  However, during this short and temporary period of closure, the IAU Barcelona administration will be available by phone 24/7 and can meet in-person with students by appointment.  The IAU Barcelona Center will fully re-open on Monday, March 23 (although courses will continue remotely). 

IAU continues to advise all students in the strongest possible terms to avoid travel outside of Barcelona at this time, unless it is to return to the United States or their home country.

The health and safety of IAU students remain our top priority. We encourage students to become familiar with the World Health Organization’s suggested safety precautions, which include:

  • Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water.
  • Maintain at least 3 feet (1 meter) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.

We also wanted to make you aware of the messaging that was sent out to students today on behalf of IAU’s Barcelona Director, Dr. Ignasi Pérez:


Dear IAU Barcelona Students,

We were sad to see so many of you leave and hope that your travels have gone as smoothly as possible. You may have heard that this morning the Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez declared a national “state of alarm”, which gives the Spanish government the authority to take steps to prohibit the free movement of people and to guarantee the supply of food in supermarkets.  Additionally, all universities in Spain will be closed from March 16-27.  

Given these unprecedented circumstances:  

  • IAU will move to 100% remote teaching until further notice.  All IAU students, whether they have stayed in Barcelona or departed, will receive remote teaching until further notice, using the tools and resources we have in hand.
  • IAU will continue to provide administrative services and housing for students who remain in Barcelona. 
  • The IAU Barcelona Center will TEMPORARILY be closed for the week of March 16-20.  However, during this short and temporary period of closure, the IAU Barcelona administration will be available by phone 24/7 and can meet in-person with students by appointment.  The IAU Barcelona Center will fully re-open on Monday, March 23 (although courses will continue remotely).

Midterms and Scheduling

The changing situation may disrupt midterms for many of our students, who also faced the need to travel and make new living arrangements.  For this reason, we are adjusting the academic schedule, and implementing a system for taking exams remotely.  For anyone who needs to take a remote midterm, you will be contacted by your professors with instructions.

As concerns remote teaching, IAU will officially resume classes remotely starting Monday, March 16. Your professors may begin contacting you about how you will organize your courses and your assignments.

Travel for those still in Spain

Given the fluidity of the situation in Europe and in the best interest of the well-being of the IAU community, IAU continues to strongly recommend that students stay within Barcelona until further notice. We are currently seeing abrupt changes in border restrictions. We understand this means that students may need to make adjustments to their travel plans for the upcoming spring break. Please know that this recommendation is being made with the best interest of the students - and the entire campus community - in mind. Disregarding these travel recommendations may result in your being stranded far afield with limited to no help available from the Institute.

The health and safety of IAU students remain our top priority. We encourage students to become familiar with the World Health Organization’s suggested safety precautions, which include:

  • Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water.
  • Maintain at least 3 feet (1 meter) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.


Please do not hesitate to reach out to any of the contacts listed below with any questions or concerns.

IN USA
Dr. Jessica Calhoun
Assistant Dean of Admissions and Alumni Affairs
800-221-2051 (office)
858-282-1630 (mobile)
jessica.calhoun@iau.edu 

IN SPAIN
Dr. Ignasi Perez
IAU Barcelona Center Director (in Barcelona)
+34 696 96 44 55 (mobile)
Ignasi.perez@iau.edu  



MARCH 13, 2020:
 AIX-EN-PROVENCE, FRANCE - UPDATE ON IAU OPERATIONS DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC 

There have been significant changes in France over the past 24 hours.  Yesterday, French President Emmanuel Macron announced additional measures to combat the Coronavirus/Covid-19 pandemic, including ordering that all schools and universities in France close as of March 16 until further notice. In keeping with our contingency planning, IAU in France will move to a fully remote teaching posture for all students, whether they return to the U.S. or remain in Aix-en-Provence.  IAU offices in Aix remain open and IAU will continue to provide administrative services and housing for students who remain in Aix-en-Provence. 

IAU continues to advise all students in the strongest possible terms to avoid travel outside of France at this time, unless it is to return to the United States or their home country.

The health and safety of IAU students remain our top priority. We encourage students to become familiar with the World Health Organization’s suggested safety precautions, which include:

  • Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water.
  • Maintain at least 3 feet (1 meter) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.

We also would like to share the messaging that was sent out to students today on behalf of IAU’s Dean, Dr. Leigh Smith: 


Dear IAU Students,

We were sad to see so many of you leave and hope that your travels have gone as smoothly as possible. You may have heard that on the evening of March 12 French President Emmanuel Macron announced that all schools and universities will close as of Monday, March 16 until further notice.  This message gives broad guidelines on how we will operate during this period.

First, IAU will move to 100% remote teaching.  There will be no physical classes.  All IAU and ACM students, whether they have stayed in Aix or departed, will receive remote teaching until further notice, using the tools and resources we have in hand.

Second, IAU will remain open administratively.  Students will have access to our buildings and facilities for studying or meeting.  Small meetings that maintain appropriate sanitary barriers can be held.  Office hours for our buildings as of March 16 will be 08:30-17:30.   

Third, all field studies are cancelled for the remainder of this semester.

Midterms and Scheduling

The changing situation disrupted midterms for many of our students, who also faced the need to travel and make new living arrangements.  For this reason, we are adjusting the academic schedule, and implementing a system for taking exams remotely.  For anyone who needs to take a remote midterm, you will be contacted by your professors with instructions. The deadline for completing mid-terms is Wednesday, March 25.

As concerns remote teaching, IAU/ACM will officially resumeclasses remotely starting Monday, March 30. Your professors may begin contacting you about how you will organize your courses and your assignments starting March 23, but coursework should normally start on March 30.        

Travel for those still in France

Given the fluidity of the situation in Europe and in the best interest of the well-being of the IAU community, IAU continues to strongly recommend that students stay within France until further notice. We are currently seeing abrupt changes in border restrictions. We understand this means that students may need to make adjustments to their travel plans for the upcoming spring break. Please know that this recommendation is being made with the best interest of the students - and the entire campus community - in mind. Disregarding these travel recommendations may result in your being stranded far afield with limited to no help available from the Institute.

Best of luck to you all,

Leigh Smith



Please do not hesitate to reach out to any of the contacts listed below with any questions or concerns.

IN USA
Kurt Schick
Dean of Admissions and Alumni Affairs
630-399-7997
Kurt.schick@iau.edu  

Dr. Jessica Calhoun
Assistant Dean of Admissions and Alumni Affairs
800-221-2051 (office)
858-282-1630 (mobile)
jessica.calhoun@iau.edu  

IN FRANCE
Dr. Leigh Smith
Dean of Students (in Aix-en-Provence)
+33 6 82 59 64 48 (mobile)
leigh.smith@iau.edu 



MARCH 12, 2020: U.S. Homeland Security Clarifies Travel Ban Announced Earlier by President Trump

Following the announcement from President Trump concerning the 30-day suspension of travel from Europe to the U.S., the Department of Homeland Security released a clarifying statement regarding the exceptions to the ban indicating, "This does not apply to legal permanent residents, (generally) immediate family members of U.S. citizens, and other individuals who are identified in the proclamation.'' While this statement may present some clarity, we understand it may not go far in easing the anxiety. To that end, if students still wish to return home, that is entirely their prerogative. Our stance on completing the semester by remote learning has not changed and by working with the students' home universities, we will continue to support their needs to satisfy their academic credits for Spring 2020. IAU will continue to follow guidelines as established by the French and Spanish Ministries of Health, World Health Organization and the local network of health officials. For the moment, that means we remain open and operational with the student support we have offered from the beginning. Obviously, it will be for students to decide about plans for immediate departure. Should students wish to remain in France/Spain, housing, courses, and activities remain available. We will continue to do everything we can to ensure that your studies are not permanently disrupted.

For the full statement from the Department of U.S. Homeland Security, please visit their website


MARCH 11, 2020: IAU Barcelona Center Moves to Online Program Delivery For Next Two Weeks

Out of an abundance of caution, IAU has made the decision to offer courses remotely for a period of two weeks.  Remote delivery of instruction will take place Monday, March 16 through Thursday, March 26 (in-person courses will still take place tomorrow, March 12). The plan currently in place is that in-person courses will resume on Monday, March 30. 

During this two-week period, IAU will be monitoring the situation in Barcelona and may make changes to the plan should circumstances change. The IAU Barcelona Center will remain open and staff are ready and available to support students. Program activities will resume as planned, as many of them take place outdoors (as the current concern is related to closed-in spaces). This decision is in-line with many of our peer institutions in Barcelona and was made as a precautionary measure in order to help protect the IAU community. 

We understand that the situation abroad is quite fluid and that your institution may develop contingency plans to offer the students the option to return to the US and complete coursework remotely. We encourage students to speak with Dr. Ignasi Pérez, Director of IAU Barcelona, if they are considering returning home prior to the semester end date as they will be requested to complete the attached form. If your institution ultimately makes this decision, please know that IAU will support your office and your students to ensure that coursework can be completed remotely.  Since all institutions differ in how “remote” coursework may be viewed in this extraordinary situation, we encourage your office to have the appropriate conversations on campus to help students earn the academic units they had anticipated. 

Please do not hesitate to reach out to either of the contacts listed below with any questions or concerns.

IN USA 
Dr. Jessica Calhoun
Assistant Dean of Admissions and Alumni Affairs
800-221-2051 (office) 
858-282-1630 (mobile)
jessica.calhoun@iau.edu 

IN SPAIN
Dr. Ignasi Pérez
IAU Center Director (Barcelona)
+34 696 96 44 55 (mobile) 
ignasi.perez@iau.edu 


MARCH 9, 2020: IAU Provides Program Updates Due to Coronavirus/COVID-19

IAU continues to monitor the situation with respect to the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and is committed to working with our students and partners as we manage our response to this unprecedented situation. We understand it raises many questions for students, families, our U.S. partner institutions, and study abroad colleges such as IAU. We will continue to provide our best possible guidance to help address questions or concerns.

IAU CURRENT STATUS: IAU spring programs in France and Spain continue to run and there are no plans to suspend operations. We continue to accept enrollments for Summer and Fall programs as well.   

RECALL OF STUDENTS BY HOME INSTITUTION: At present, a small number of U.S. institutions have announced they are recalling students who are currently studying abroad. Some of the recalled students at IAU have opted to continue their studies on-site and have received approval from their home institution to do so. For students who return to the U.S. in response to guidance from their home institution, IAU is putting into place a remote learning completion option using our technology and faculty expertise. This option will enable students to receive IAU credits for their coursework.

VOLUNTARY WITHDRAWAL: If a student decides to withdraw voluntarily from the IAU program, the remote learning completion option will be available to them if their home institution supports their decision to depart. Sending institutions are responsible for validating credit for the courses completed remotely with IAU.

GOING FORWARD: IAU will continue to base our decisions based on what we think is the best approach for our visiting and permanent degree students. These decisions draw on guidance from a variety of sources including the U.S. State Department, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), French and Spanish national authorities, peer American institutions in France, Europe, and North Africa, partner institutions in the U.S., and industry organizations such as NAFSA (National Association of Foreign Student Admission) and The Forum on Education Abroad

REFUNDS: As long as IAU continues to operate and does not close, the decision to leave the program and complete the semester remotely is a decision made by students and/or their home institutions. IAU is willing to accommodate these decisions and to ensure that students can complete their semester but cannot guarantee that refunds will be possible while the program is still in operation.

The health and safety of IAU students remain our top priority. As a reminder, here are the contacts in our respective countries:

IN USA
Dr. Jessica Calhoun
Assistant Dean of Admissions and Alumni Affairs
800-221-2051 (office)
858-282-1630 (mobile)
jessica.calhoun@iau.edu 

IN FRANCE
Dr. Leigh Smith
Dean of Students (in Aix-en-Provence)
+33 6 82 59 64 48 (mobile)
leigh.smith@iau.edu 

IN SPAIN
Dr. Ignasi Perez
IAU Center Director (Barcelona)
+34 696 96 44 55 (mobile)
ignasi.perez@iau.edu 



MARCH 2, 2020: IAU Issues Statement and Resources Regarding Coronavirus/COVID-19 

The primary goal of IAU College is the safety and security of all IAU students. To that end, IAU continues to closely monitor the situation in Europe following a recent increase in the number of cases of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in various European countries. On Friday, February 28, all students received a message from IAU recommending that students suspend all upcoming travel to Italy until further notice.

Given the fluidity of the situation in Europe and in the best interest of the well-being of the IAU community, IAU is strongly recommending that students stay within the borders of their country of study (France or Spain) until further notice. We understand this means that students may need to make adjustments to their travel plans for the upcoming spring break. Please know that this recommendation is being made with the best interest of the students - and the entire campus community - in mind. Disregarding these travel recommendations may result in mandated self-isolation, which will limit students' active participation in the academic program. IAU’s recommendation to reconsider travel outside of France/Spain gives students the opportunity to focus interest on their host country and city of study as the immediate surrounding has an abundance of culturally and historically rich sites of interest. If students need recommendations on local excursions, they should contact the Student Affairs team on-site as they would be happy to assist.

Out of an abundance of caution, IAU is canceling all field studies and excursions for the month on March and future recommendations on travel are being discussed by IAU’s Academic Dean’s Council and will be based on guidance provided by the CDC, WHO, The U.S. State Department, ECDC, and local authorities. Other than the cancellation of field studies trips during the month of March, the IAU College programs in Aix-en-Provence, France and Barcelona, Spain are running as normal without interruption. IAU is monitoring local, regional, and country-specific reports and will adhere to the French and Spanish Ministries of Education’s stance on school attendance and closures. 

IAU strongly urges students to remain within the campus community and limit their mobility to attending classes and closed IAU community events. We strongly believe that the best policy is to limit nonessential travel in and outside of France and Spain at this time and for students to restrict their mobility to and from classes and their homestay or apartment. If any student wishes to leave the program, they will be doing so at their own volition and we will work with each student and their home institution on developing an academic plan of completion. That being said, however, exposing students to international travel through highly populated airports at this time exponentially increases the potential for exposure and transmission.

If there are any significant changes that require IAU to cancel classes and send students home for any reason, a contingency plan has been developed to continue the academic program through the use of technology platforms.  IAU will use its remote learning technology through the collaboration of our U.S., France, and Spain offices to ensure consistency and coherence within each academic program. 

IAU faculty, staff, and administration are dedicated to delivering on our academic promise to the student body and will do everything in our power to steward students through the completion of the spring semester.  If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact IAU at the following:

IN USA
Dr. Jessica Calhoun
Assistant Dean of Admissions and Alumni Affairs
800-221-2051 (office)
858-282-1630 (mobile)
jessica.calhoun@iau.edu 

IN FRANCE
Dr. Leigh Smith
Dean of Students (in Aix-en-Provence)
+33 6 82 59 64 48 (mobile)
leigh.smith@iau.edu 

IN SPAIN
Professor Ignasi Perez
IAU Center Director (in Barcelona)
+34 696 96 44 55 (mobile)
ignasi.perez@iau.edu 

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