All Penn students studying abroad in Europe, the United Kingdom, and Ireland are being encouraged to return home as soon as possible.
In a Thursday evening email to Penn students abroad, Provost Wendell Pritchett announced the recommendation and wrote that it was linked to the United States' government travel restrictions on non-U.S. citizens traveling from Europe. Pritchett wrote that Penn would provide financial assistance with flight costs.
Pritchett wrote that he would be working to ensure students abroad in Europe receive "as much academic credit as possible" for this semester.
"A full or partial tuition credit will be available to students who receive no or partial academic credit as a result of leaving an abroad program early due to the COVID-19 outbreak," Pritchett wrote.
Students are urged to email firstname.lastname@example.org with their travel plans.