Dangerous situations can happen anywhere, anytime, but the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) reports that studying in a foreign country is generally no more dangerous than study in the United States.
The CIEE, the Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA), and the Association of International Educators have each issued health and safety guidelines for students studying abroad.
Recommendations for students
- Carefully read all health and safety guidelines issued by your adviser or program sponsor about your host country.
- Inform your sponsor and/or health care professional of any potentially serious physical or mental health problems you have.
- Participate in pre-trip orientations. They are an excellent opportunity to ask questions.
- Give your family, close friends, or guardians your emergency contact information. Keep them fully informed of changes to your itinerary or residence.
- Research insurance options and coverage. Will your insurer cover you? Contact your health insurer, study abroad program, and school study abroad office for more information. Make sure you have health insurance. (Health insurance is also available at many airport currency exchange counters.)
- Learn how to get emergency medical and police assistance.
- Act responsibly: Behave respectfully toward others, be aware of local customs, strictly obey local laws, and avoid unnecessary health and safety risks.
Recommendations to parents
- Help your child learn about study abroad programs, and thoroughly discuss health and safety issues — including insurance needs and emergency procedures.
- Keep in touch with your student throughout the program.
- Quickly respond to any information requests from the program sponsor.