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Coronavirus live updates: Possible US 'community spread' case, Saudi Arabia suspends visas for pilgrims

Coronavirus live updates: Possible US ‘community spread’ case, Saudi Arabia suspends visas for pilgrims

In the face of a global health emergency, thousands of U.S. college students studying abroad are scrambling.

As the coronavirus spreads through northern Italy, some schools, including Syracuse University and New York University, announced they were closing their campuses in Florence immediately. All Seton Hall University spring study abroad trips are also cancelled, according to a tweet by the university.

Italy is second only to the U.K. as the most popular destination to study abroad, according to data from the Institute of International Education, which has tracked the flow of international students since 1919. However, in recent years, China has also become a popular destination for American students, it said. — Jessica Dickler