Press Release Update: April 29, 2010
Due to recent reports of increased violence in the city of Cuernavaca, Indiana University has suspended its summer 2010 programs in Cuernavaca, Mexico. This includes programs offered by the IU Office of Overseas Study, the IUPUI Office of Student Life & Global Engagement and the IU South Bend Office of International Programs. As is feasible, program organizers will work to relocate programs to other locations in Mexico or elsewhere.
Press Release Update: March 23, 2010
Due to recent violent deaths in the city of Monterrey, one of the six cities listed in the most recent State Department Travel Warning, Indiana University, in conjunction with its Kelley School of Business has suspended its semester program in Monterrey. The single student currently participating in the program is making arrangements to leave Monterrey.
March 15, 2010
Indiana University is not cancelling programs in Mexico nor requesting that students return to the U.S. at this time.
On March 14, the U.S. Department of State issued a Travel Warning that authorizes the departure of the dependents of U.S. government personnel from U.S. consulates in the Northern Mexican border cities of Tijuana, Nogales, Ciudad Juarez, Nuevo Laredo, Monterrey and Matamoros until April 12. Recent violent attacks have prompted the U.S. Embassy to urge U.S. citizens to delay unnecessary travel to parts of Durango, Coahuila and Chihuahua states (see details below) and advise U.S. citizens residing or traveling in those areas to exercise extreme caution
IU's programs in Mexico are hundreds of miles away from these geographic regions cited in the Travel Warning. Nevertheless, the Safety and Responsibility Committee of the Overseas Study Advisory Council urges all IU staff and students visiting Mexico to exercise caution. The Committee will require that all programs currently operating in Mexico and those leaving for Mexico later this spring and summer have safety and security plans specific to this period of heightened awareness surrounding the drug cartel issues.
The Office of Overseas Study takes seriously the health, safety and security of students and staff who participate in our programs. While we cannot guarantee the safety of any individual in any specific location, we continually monitor information from official sources and from our international partners and colleagues and take all reasonable and feasible precautions so that students on our programs may have a safe experience. Experienced staff from IU and/or from partner institutions in Mexico provide guidance in written materials, in pre-departure orientation meetings and on-site support and assistance.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our office
Associate Vice President for Overseas Study
Office of Overseas Study
Franklin Hall 303
Bloomington, IN 47405-1223
sideli [at] indiana [dot] edu
I gained an enhanced view of the world. I was forced to look at American problems from an international perspective.”-Kyra Busch, IU Overseas Study Participant, Thailand