CIEE continues to monitor the situation in northern Africa and the Middle East closely. As of today, Friday, March 25, CIEE programs in the region, including Jordan, Morocco, the UAE, and Turkey are all operating on normal schedules, and all students are safe. Protests continue to occur occasionally in Jordan, but these have generally been small and non-violent. The situation in Jordan is quite different than the situations in other countries such as Libya, Egypt, Bahrain, Yemen, and Syria, and protests have focused more on economic issues than on regime changes. The situations in Morocco, the UAE, and Turkey remain stable.
Students in Jordan are about to start their spring vacation. CIEE students are required to submit detailed travel plans for all independent travel. These plans are reviewed carefully by CIEE staff, and additional consultation and feedback is provided as necessary. Resident staff continue to provide students with up-to-date information about the fluid situation in the region and have cautioned students about travel to specific locations that are currently experiencing unrest such as Yemen, Syria, and Bahrain. Students are reminded that they should discuss their travel plans with their emergency contacts (parents) and home institution, particularly if their plans include travel to locations that are currently under a U.S. Department of State Travel Warning or Alert.
Despite the problems and unrest in locations such as Libya, Egypt, Bahrain, Yemen, and Syria, CIEE programs in Jordan, Morocco, the UAE, and Turkey continue to operate on their normal schedules. Although there haven't been any changes to the CIEE programs in the region, resident staff have increased their efforts to communicate with students about the potential dangers involved with independent travel across the region.