Health and Safety of Students Studying Abroad

Students should be encouraged to take responsibility for their own health and wellness. Nevertheless, trip leaders are responsible for informing students of the hazards that may await them and for coordinating an appropriate and effective program of support. The Five College Risk Management Office offers expertise and resources to help you become more informed about international travel and leading off-campus programs for students guide (pdf).

Especially in light of current world conditions, the issue of appropriate student conduct during times of stress abroad is something that should also be addressed during orientation.

Health issues to address:

  • foreign medical practice
  • issues of substance abuse
  • mental and emotional problems
  • medical and accident insurance
  • nutrition
  • preexisting physical problems
  • sexual health and safety
  • world health problems

Personal contact and safety isues to address:

  • attitudes towards Americans abroad
  • crime
  • cultural sensitivity
  • privilege
  • threats of political violence
  • women travelers

Please refer to Responsible Study Abroad: Good Practices for Health and Safety for more information.