Safety and Security

 

Cuba Update: November 10, 2017


Regarding the U.S. Department of Treasury's November 8, 2017 press release about travel to Cuba, Spanish Studies Abroad does not anticipate any impact on our programs, as they operate under the guidelines of the license requirements for educational programming.  The institutions with which we coordinate onsite are not on the recent  list of restricted entities. Additionally, as per the  U.S. Department of Treasury's recent fact sheet, educational travel programs scheduled prior to the announcement will not be affected.

Cuba Update: October 2017

Spanish Studies Abroad is aware of the recent U.S. decision to reduce the number of personnel at the Embassy in Havana, and we do not anticipate an effect on any of our academic programs in Cuba.

Though the number of personnel is reduced, the Embassy is not closing and will still provide emergency services, so the anticipated effect will be limited to their usual administrative services such as lost passport replacement or renewal; likely they may take a bit longer to process as well as incur a slightly higher expense.

Please note, too, that the U.S Department of State's travel warning should not affect participants in our programs either, as students and faculty are lodged in local, Cuban residences.

Our Resident Director and onsite team in Havana are carefully monitoring the situation daily and we are completely confident in moving forward with our programs as scheduled.


Barcelona Update: October 31, 2017

Life in Cataluña, Spain’s most prosperous region, is carrying on normally despite weeks of political confrontations between Catalonia’s regional government and Spain’s federal government in Madrid. People in Barcelona, Catalonia’s capital, and the rest of the region are going about routinely to work, to school and leading their life as usual. SSA host universities in Barcelona have held classes all along. Transportation, hospitals, public services are functioning as expected.
 
The Catalonian regional government, which unconstitutionally declared its Independence from Spain on October 27, has been dissolved by Spain’s federal government. At this moment, the federal government has taken over the administration of the region until Catalonia forms a new government in the upcoming elections of Dec 21, 2017.  
 
While there have been demonstrations in designated urban areas, these have been non-violent. Our students have been safe all along. The Spanish Studies Abroad resident staff in Barcelona has monitored the situation closely and has kept in constant communication with students to ensure their safety and inform them of the political developments.  
 
Our students continue their daily routes to class and their routine as usual. They have the opportunity to safely observe, along with the Spanish people and the European Union, the political dynamics of the relation between Spain’s Federal government based in Madrid and its wealthy province in the Northeast Mediterranean.

Puerto Rico Update: October 2017

We are happy to announce that we will be welcoming students to Puerto Rico this coming spring semester. Following Hurricane Maria, the Universidad del Sagrado Corazón worked hard to clean up and reopened their campus on October 16th.

Safety Message

Anyone who is planning to travel in the coming days/weeks should be sure to follow our recommendations and those of the U.S. Department of State.

Please do not hesitate to contact the U.S. office with any questions.