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.
Stonehill's Health Services has also assembled a list of additional health recommendations, immunizations and travel clinic locations, resources for those traveling with food allergies, as well as health forms required for international travel with the college.
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.