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.
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.
July 14, 2016
On Thursday, July 14th, at approximately 10:20 p.m., a truck was driven into a crowd of people along the Promenade des Anglais in Nice, France, killing and injuring spectators during the fireworks show in celebration of Bastille Day. The driver of the truck was reportedly killed by the police, and an investigation into the incident is on-going.
ISA does not have any programs in Nice. Resident staff in Aix-en-Provence, Lille and Paris are reaching out to students to confirm their safety while reminding them to follow safety protocols and to communicate with their parents. ISA staff in other European and North Africa locations are also checking-in with any students who may have reported travel to the French Riviera this weekend. The ISA Paris staff, along with ISA's U.S.-based Office of Health, Safety, and Security, are closely monitoring the situation and will advise students accordingly.
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