The following alerts are based on ISA's direct observation, U.S. Department of State recommendations, Overseas Security Advisory Council, WHO reports, and expert consultation.
August 26, 2016
Earlier this month, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso (PUCV) President, Claudio Elórtegui, reinstated the period of university classes missed during the spring semester. As a result, local Chilean students have since returned to class and completed their pending spring coursework that was missed due to the student strike. The majority of PUCV departments will officially resume classes with locals on Monday, August 29th and the remaining departments will commence with classes on Monday, September 5th. Students participating in the ISA Fall 2: Courses with Locals in Multiple Disciplines program have been notified of the official date(s) when their courses with local students will resume in the classroom as normal and PUCV has instructed the professors of those courses to be mindful of the program end date for ISA students and adapt their syllabus accordingly. The ISA resident staff will continue to advise students as necessary.
July 19, 2016
Local Chilean students at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso (PUCV) continue to vote in favor of the ongoing student strike. At this point, all ISA Spring students have successfully completed their program. ISA Fall students were informed that local students will not be in attendance for at least the beginning of their academic semester. The PUCV has decided to tentatively keep open all courses with locals that were selected by international students. During the Fall academic orientation, PUCV advisors plan to meet with ISA students to discuss their course selection and identify credit transfer requirements. Courses offered through the PUCV's international education department (PIIE) remain unaffected by the strike and will be offered as usual. ISA staff will continue to monitor any developments regarding the student movement and advise ISA Fall students as necessary.
July 1, 2016
Local Chilean students at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso (PUCV) remain on strike. ISA Spring students currently enrolled in courses with locals have been advised on how to successfully complete any remaining coursework by their professors. Courses for ISA summer programs at the PUCV and semester programs at the Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez continue to be unaffected by the student movement. ISA staff will continue to monitor the situation and make recommendations to ISA Spring and upcoming Fall students as needed.
June 9, 2016
As of June 9th, students at the Pontificia Universidad Universidad Católica de Valparaíso (PUCV) voted to join the strike proposed by the Confederation of Chilean Students (CONFECH). As a result, the PUCV has discontinued courses with locals for the remainder of the semester. The PUCV and ISA staff have been working diligently to keep students in ISA programs informed of any developments regarding the student movement, this includes course changes and suspensions. As anticipated, courses offered through the PUCV's international education department will continue to be held as scheduled and will not be affected by the strike. The only classes that will be cancelled are those offered with local Chilean students. Despite the strike, PUCV professors remain available and are advising ISA students enrolled in courses with locals on how to complete necessary coursework.
The Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez continues to remain unaffected. ISA staff will continue to monitor the situation and make recommendations to students as needed.
May 31, 2016
The Confederation of Chilean Students has called for an indefinite nationwide strike by university students to begin Wednesday, June 1st, due to dissatisfaction with the national government's education reform. Students attending universities that fall under the Consejo de Rectores of Chilean Universities, which includes the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso (PUCV), will vote either in favor or against a student strike on their own campus ahead of Wednesday. At this moment, the PUCV does not know how the strike will affect the local Chilean student population; however, given the history of the movement, it is anticipated that some majors/departments will vote in favor of the strike and local students belonging to these majors will cease to attend classes.
The ISA Valparaiso staff, along with PUCV, is closely monitoring developments regarding this movement in order to keep all ISA students updated of any potential class changes or cancellations. At this time, all courses offered to ISA students through PUCV's international education department are scheduled to be held as usual and the university does not expect these classes to be interrupted. Courses offered with local Chilean students have the potential to be directly affected depending on the outcome of the local vote. Should students at the PUCV vote in support of the strike, then PUCV professors will remain available and plan to advise ISA students on how to complete necessary coursework in the case that any courses are directly affected. The Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez is not a member of the Consejo de Rectores of Chilean Universities and thus, remains unaffected by the student movement. ISA will continue to monitor the situation and make recommendations to students accordingly.
August 24, 2016
A series of earthquakes struck a mountainous region of central Italy on Wednesday morning. The first, measuring 6.2 on the Richter scale, struck at 3:36 a.m. local time in Italy, and was followed by an aftershock measuring around 5.5. The earthquake occurred near the town of Norcia, and over a three-hour period around 40 smaller quakes were reported to have occurred in the region resulting in devastation to several rural towns, most prominently in the town of Amatrice. Rescue and relief efforts are ongoing in the area and the people of Amatrice and throughout central Italy remain in everyone's thoughts here at ISA.
While tremors were felt in Rome, about 100 miles to the southwest of the region, all ISA Rome students and staff remain accounted for and safe. There are currently no ISA students in Florence and Milan as fall programs have not yet commenced at those sites. The ISA Rome staff has encouraged all students on-site to be in contact with their families, and will continue to monitor for any developments, advising students as necessary.
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