UA international students unable to go back home due to COVID-19


TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WIAT) — The University of Alabama will finish the rest of the spring semester online.

However, many international students are still in the city unable to go home.

Greta Szilvasi is a student from Hungary. Because of the travel ban, she wasn’t able to travel home and is stuck in Tuscaloosa. She said she misses her family.

“Right now, I don’t even know when I can go back home,” Szilvasi said. “Of course I miss them so much, but I feel this is the best for now. We are just waiting and see and watching the news to see how things are going.”

Szilvasi said she is trying to stay busy reading, doing studies online and cooking in her kitchen because there is not much to do on campus because school was shut down.

“Every restaurant is closed, or they only have food for delivery or take away,” she said. “I like watching home workout videos, or playing board games or watching TV. I am making YouTube videos and talking to my friends on the phone a lot.”

Szilvasi is hoping she will be able to travel back home later this summer.


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