University of Maryland, Towson University suspend study abroad programs in Italy over coronavirus

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Flagship universities in Maryland and North Carolina have canceled study abroad programs in Italy and are working to bring students home amid the continuing spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus.

The University of Maryland, along with Towson University in Maryland, suspended study abroad programs in Italy and told students to return home after the Centers for Disease Control raised its coronavirus warning level Friday night to limit travel in that country.

The University of Maryland’s flagship College Park campus has 136 students studying in Italy, while Towson has nine students and additional faculty and staff there. Students are being told to return to their homes away from campus and self-quarantine for 14 days.