Chinese education authorities have advised students to rationally arrange their overseas study trips amid the outbreak of the novel coronavirus.
Students are advised to postpone their departure if there are no special needs, the center said, adding that if they have to go abroad, they should know the entry regulations of the destinations before departure and arrive at the exit ports in advance for border inspections.
People who have developed acute respiratory infection symptoms, such as fever, cough and difficulty in breathing, should immediately cancel their travel plans and seek medical help, it said.
China's Ministry of Education announced Monday that English proficiency exams Chinese students take to get enrolled by foreign universities will be cancelled nationwide during February in view of the ongoing novel coronavirus outbreak.
The exams include the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT).
The IELTS test scheduled for Jan. 31 was also called off, according to the ministry.
Noting the prevention and control of the epidemic is the top priority at the present time, the ministry asked for the understanding of test takers and promised to update new test plans based on the progress of epidemic control.