The health and safety of study abroad participants is of utmost importance. As always, being aware of one's surroundings and avoiding risky practices and situations is critical to ensuring a trouble-free experience abroad. There are a few guidelines for following safe practices, which you may wish to review with your child.
NAFSA, the Association of International Educators, has published the Responsible Study Abroad: Health and Safety and the following is an excerpt from the parent's section:
- Be informed about and involved in the decision of the participant to enroll in a
- Obtain and carefully evaluate participant program materials, as well as related
health, safety, and security information.
- Discuss with the participant any of his/her travel plans and activities that may be
independent of the study abroad program.
- Engage the participant in a thorough discussion of safety and behavior issues,
insurance needs, and emergency procedures related to living abroad.
- Be responsive to requests from the program sponsor for information regarding
- Keep in touch with the participant.
- Be aware that the participant rather than the program may most appropriately
provide some information.
The following is a health & safety video which contains many of the topics on which the International Programs staff elaborates during the mandatory pre-departure meeting with students. Parents are also encouraged to view and discuss the video's content with their son/daughter prior to the start of their semester abroad.