Update on IU Students in Japan
April 4, 2011
Per Indiana University policy regarding programs in countries under State Department Travel Warnings, IU has suspended its spring 2011 programs in Tokyo, Yokohama, and Tochigi Prefecture. This includes programs offered by the IU Office of Overseas Study and the IUPUI Study Abroad Office.
The updated Travel Warning of March 30 specifically recommends that U.S. citizens defer non-essential travel to these specific areas of Japan.
Also note that, under IU policies for individual travelers, Indiana University will not provide support or funding for individual students to travel to Japan at this time.
IU’s summer Japan Documentaries program, scheduled to take place in Tokyo in June has been suspended (see March 29 update) and a decision is still pending regarding the Osaka-Photography summer program.
March 29, 2011
Due to uncertainties at this time about transportation and infrastructure, as well as potential power shortages during the summer, Indiana University has suspended its summer Japan Documentaries program.
March 17, 2011
Based on the U.S. Department of State's Travel Warning issued on March 16, 2011 which recommends the voluntary departure of U.S. citizens in Japan and the deferral of all non-essential travel to Japan, IU officials have given all IU students abroad the option of returning home as soon as possible.
IU officials will work with returning students to resolve issues related to registration, course work and housing.
For additional information, please see the IU Press Release.
March 15, 2011
Eleven students from Indiana University are currently studying abroad in Japan. Everyone is safe in cities distant from the region most impacted by the earthquake, the tsunami and the damaged nuclear reactors.
A spring break program for Journalism students was cancelled, given the current disruptions in parts of the country, and may be rescheduled. Another student is scheduled to begin a spring semester program in Tokyo in early April and two faculty-led summer programs to Japan are scheduled for late May and June.
IU officials are carefully assessing the situation and are in touch with host institutions, partner organizations and other universities as well as following reports and recommendations from the Department of State.
Associate Vice President for Overseas Study
Office of Overseas Study
Franklin Hall 303
Bloomington, IN 47405-1223
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