“I called someone from the Global Education Office and they were unaware the school was asking us to leave,” Alcis said.
Two months after arriving in England for a SUNY study-abroad program, 21-year-old Marie Alcis found herself all but stranded as COVID-19 surged on both sides of the Atlantic.
Alcis, a junior at SUNY Plattsburgh, had started taking classes at a university near Newcastle — until the professors went on strike. A few weeks later, the English school informed her she had to leave her dormitory because of the pandemic, even though passport problems complicated her return home. SUNY officials 3,000 miles away provided little guidance, she said.