ISA Worldwide Alerts

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.

  • Florianopolis

    May 16, 2019

    A nationwide protest in response to proposed higher education budget cuts took place in various regions of Brazil yesterday, May 15th. Throughout the day, demonstrators protested in cities across the country including in Florianopolis, which hosts ISA programs. 

    ISA Florianopolis resident staff reported calm in the city with peaceful protests and marches occurring on main avenues. Due to disruptions in public transportation routes, the ISA host university, Universidade do Sul de Santa Catarina (Unisul), temporarily suspended classes for international students during the afternoon of May 15th. Courses with local students were not affected. Today, May 16th, Unisul classes are running normally.

    Students were informed in advance of transportation disruptions and class schedule changes. Students were also made aware of areas to avoid due to the demonstrations. ISA is continuing to monitor the situation and the resident staff will advise students appropriately.

  • Seoul and Busan

    May 9th, 2019

    According to reports from the South Korean authorities, at approximately 4:30 p.m. (local time) on May 9th, North Korea launched a pair of missiles from locations in the North Pyongan Province in northwest of the country. The projectiles traveled eastward and landed in the Sea of Japan. No damage or injuries have been reported as a result of the launch.

    ISA resident staff in Seoul and Busan report calm in their respective cities. All ISA programs in South Korea continue to run as normal. ISA will continue to monitor the situation and update students and this Worldwide Alert accordingly. 

    May 3rd, 2019

    On Saturday, May 4th, at approximately 9:06am (local time), North Korea test launched several short-range projectiles from the city of Wonsan in the eastern Kangwon Province. Reports indicate that the projectiles traveled between 70 to 200 kilometers before landing in the Sea of Japan. At the time of this report, there have been no changes in the security situation in South Korea. 

    ISA resident staff in Seoul and Busan report calm in their respective cities and have reached out to ISA students to make them aware and advise them to check in with their families back home. All ISA programs in South Korea continue to run uninterrupted. ISA will continue to monitor the situation and update students and this Worldwide Alert accordingly.

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