Safe Travel Guidelines

Students must be aware of important health and safety concerns during their travel abroad, and play an active role in the success of their own experience through the decisions they make before and during the program, and by their day-to-day choices and behaviors.

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  • Read and carefully consider all materials issued by the sponsor that relate to health, legal, environmental, political, cultural, and religious conditions in the host country
  • Consider health and other personal circumstances when applying for or accepting a place in a program
  • Make available to the sponsor accurate and complete physical and mental health information and any other personal data that are necessary in planning for a safe and healthy study abroad experience
  • Assume responsibility for all the elements necessary for their personal preparation and participate fully in orientations
  • Obtain and maintain appropriate insurance coverage and abide by any conditions imposed by the carriers
  • Inform parents, guardians, families, and any others who may need to know about their participation in the study abroad program, provide them with emergency contact information, and keep them informed on an ongoing basis
  • Understand and comply with the terms of participation, codes of conduct, and emergency procedures of the program, and obey host-country laws
  • Be aware of local conditions and customs that may present health or safety risks when making daily choices and decisions
  • Promptly express any health or safety concerns to the program staff or other appropriate individuals
  • Behave in a manner that is respectful of the rights and well-being of others and encourage others to behave in a similar manner
  • Accept responsibility for their own decisions and actions
  • Become familiar with the procedures for obtaining emergency health and law enforcement services in the host country
  • Follow program policies for keeping staff informed of their whereabouts and well-being
Parents, Guardians, and Families

In study abroad, parents, guardians, and families can play an important role in the well-being and success of students by helping them make decisions and by influencing their behavior. When appropriate, parents, guardians, and families should:

  • Carefully evaluate health and safety information related to the program, as provided by the sponsor and other sources
  • Be involved in the student's decision to enroll in a particular program
  • Have a thorough discussion with the student about his or her safety, behavior, insurance needs, and emergency procedures
  • Respond quickly to program sponsor requests for information
  • Keep in touch with the student
  • Be aware that some information may be provided to you most appropriately by the student rather than the program

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