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UWS international student reflects on travel ban affecting his study abroad experience

Alejandra Palacios
Updated: August 31, 2020 07:35 PM

As classes resume for local colleges and universities, some international students in the Northland won’t be on campus this fall.

Lorenzo Silva is one of them. He's an international student at UWS from Brazil studying economics and is on the university’s tennis team.

Silva went back to Brazil in March when the pandemic hit to be with family and finished the rest of the spring semester online there.

U.S. travel restrictions however affected his plans to come back to Superior for the fall semester. He won’t be able to attend classes in person this semester. He reflected on the unexpected, quick changes of the spring semester.

"I was supposed to have a tennis tournament during spring break. I was going to travel to Florida to play some tournaments and then the tournaments got canceled. I thought okay, everything's gonna change now because of the pandemic everything's gonna happen so I might go back to Brazil, but I didn't expect that I couldn't go back to the U.S. later," said Silva.

There is no word yet on when travel restrictions from Brazil and other countries might be lifted to allow international students to resume in-person classes.

A group of international students called 'We the Foreigners' has a petition asking to exempt international students from all countries in the U.S. travel ban.


Alejandra Palacios

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