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Earthquake in New Zealand

Wednesday, September 8
4:00 p.m. EST

Due to the rash of aftershocks in the Christchurch area, the University of Canterbury is delaying the re-opening of the campus until Wednesday, September 15. You can read the university's statement here.

According to the statement, the university will advise students about exams and other academic issues on September 15.

Tuesday, September 7
1:15 p.m EST

The city of Christchurch continues to clean up following Saturday's earthquake.

Violent Crime in Yucatán Rare, Says Lonely Planet
Semana Santa-Inframundo

Violent crime in the Yucatán Peninsula is "extremely rare," according to the Lonely Planet travel guide for Mexico. Read more. Although violence in northern Mexico has attracted worldwide attention and discouraged tourism and study abroad, southern Mexico, including the Yucatán peninsula where our Mérida program is located, boasts one of the lowest crime rates in Latin America.

IFSA-Buter Procedure for Students Stranded by Volcanic Ash
IFSA-Butler is staying in communication with UK and Ireland students who traveled to mainland Europe for spring break and are unable to return due to the volcanic ash coming from Iceland.

We are encouraging these students to stay in close communication with their IFSA-Butler resident director. Our resident directors are able to help students find out about host university policies regarding missed classes, exams and other academic obligations.

IFSA-Butler Flyer Regarding Mexico Trouble Spots
Concerned about violence in Mexico? Our Mexico safety flyer shows that IFSA-Butler's program in Mérida is is a tranquil area and more than 2,000 miles away from the violence that has been in the news lately. Download now.
Most of Mexico is as Safe As Ever, Says Travel Writer

Despite heavy news coverage of drug killings on the northern border towns, most of Mexico is as safe as ever, says a travel writer. Her article specifically mentions Mérida as a charming and safe city, and it notes that avoiding Mexico because of the border violence is like "avoiding New York City becaue of a killing in Denver."

The U.S. Department of State has issued a Travel Warning for the Northern Mexican border cities of Tijuana, Nogales, Ciudad Juarez, Nuevo Laredo, Monterrey and Matamoros until April 12. However, the Travel Warning does not affect IFSA-Butler's program location of Mérida, which is located in a tranquil area of southeast Mexico, many hours from the cities to which the warning applies. Map of Mexico

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