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Arizona Universities Canceling Study Abroad Programs

Universities in Arizona and across the U.S. are halting, postponing or moving study abroad programs as the coronavirus outbreak spreads.

Arizona State University and University of Arizona canceled programs this week and are pulling students from courses abroad.

On Wednesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said South Korea is now classified as a Level 3 warning zone, meaning non-essential travel should be avoided.

UA has halted its summer programs in South Korea and China this year, and there are no students currently studying abroad in those countries, according to the university’s health website.

The study abroad office at ASU said it is ending its current spring program in South Korea and is bringing students back to the U.S.

As of now, ASU does not intend to cancel or re-route programs in Europe, but the university has said it will monitor developments from the CDC.

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Harry Croton is a graduate student at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. He joined KJZZ as an intern in 2020.Croton attended San Francisco State University and earned a degree in business administration. After working in the Bay Area for two years, he realized his true passion was broadcasting and moved to southern Oregon to begin a career in sports media. He was a commentator and journalist for Table Rock Sports in Medford and eventually moved back to his hometown of Santa Barbara, California, to work for the local summer collegiate baseball club.He is now pursuing a master's degree in sports journalism and is determined to learn how to document and produce all types of news. He writes for the sports desk at the ASU's State Press and hosts two shows on Blaze Radio, the university's student-run radio station.In his free time, Croton enjoys playing music, watching baseball, cooking and traveling.