UW-Milwaukee shuts down South Korea study abroad program out of coronavirus concerns

MILWAUKEE — The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee shut down its study abroad program in South Korea for the rest of the spring semester.

“We’ve made the decision today to bring those students home,” Sharon Gosz, the interim director of study abroad for UWM told our partners WTMJ-TV on Tuesday.

Gosz said the decision comes after the Centers for Disease Control raised its travel advisory for South Korea to a level 3, the highest level.

There are currently two UWM students in the country and neither is sick, WTMJ reported. The students are expected to fly back to the United States on Friday.

“The students are not in the area of South Korea where travel is restricted, and there is no reason to believe they have been exposed to the coronavirus,” UWM said in a release to WTMJ

The UWM Zilber School of Public Health is holding a panel discussion on coronavirus Wednesday. The panel is free to attend and runs from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.

There has been one confirmed case of coronavirus in Wisconsin, 15 people have tested negative and one test result is pending.