The coronavirus isn’t just creating economic uncertainty in the stock market, the illness has administrators at Concordia University in Wisconsin worried that travel bans and coursework delays could bring their international program to a halt.

According to a recent Open Doors report, Concordia comes fourth in the state for the highest number of international students, after Marquette University, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Fox 6 News reports.

Administrators at Concordia say the majority of its international students come from their partnership in China.

The school partners with Shanghai Normal University Tianhua College, which is about nine hours from Wuhan. Despite the distance, strict rules are still in place. Many people are not allowed to go to work or school, the outlet reports.


Fox 6 News reports that Concordia University Vice President of International Affairs Rev. Dr. David Birner and his team are trying to come up with solutions so the students can stay on track.

“If they are unable to come because of either the current situation with the coronavirus or because the schedules have been pushed back for academic courses, that definitely will have a financial impact on the university,” Birner said.

Read more about the potential impact of the Coronavirus in Wisconsin here.

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