Thousands of university students are on edge, as it becomes clear that the pandemic will have a significant impact on the work and travel program this summer.

In eight weeks more than five thousand Jamaican students are expected to travel to the United States to participate in the popular student work and travel program.

Although the work and travel program is yet to experience any real effect from the COVID-19 pandemic, the threat it poses remains clear to students and recruiting agencies.

CVM LIVE spoke with CEO of SWAT Productions, Mark Foster one of the most trusted agencies among students.

He says despite many concerns, less than five percent of students have canceled.

Foster says the start date which was originally may 11 has been pushed to June 1 in light of the virus.

Already some students have secured their visas, while others had their interview dates postponed as the US embassy temporarily ceased operations after a member of staff tested positive for COVID-19.

Foster says students remain optimistic as they expect things to go back to normal by summer.

Most students are worried about the amount of money that will be refunded to them, should the program cancel.

Foster points out that COVID-19 has been added to his company student insurance policy, should a student be infected by the virus during their stay in the US.

He notes that if the program should go on, Jamaican students will be at an advantage.