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Study Abroad and Safety


  1. Before enrolling in a study abroad program, be sure the destination you are going to is safe, following the guidelines of the U.S. Department of State . The OIE staff is constantly monitoring this website to identify potential countries or regions where it might be risky to travel.
  2. ESU will not sponsor academic programs in countries where the U.S. Department of State has issued travel warnings.
  3. Faculty leaders are prepared with ESU-approved emergency response protocols.
  4. All study abroad participants must attend an orientation that will cover important elements, including security and health.
  5. All program participants must purchase a travel insurance card for any unexpected circumstance that may occur during the program.
  6. Faculty leaders must fill out the Risk Management Form, which allows the Office of International Education to know the whereabouts of the group through the length of the study abroad experience.
  7. In the case of an emergency procedure, including medical and general emergency evacuation procedures, OIE has plans to be in contact with program leaders and students abroad.
  8. All faculty members who accompany ESU students abroad required to attend an Emergency Preparedness and Response Seminar conducted by the Office of International Education.


  1. Program participants have the responsibility to disclose any physical condition or disability that requires special attention on the part of the leading faculty or OIE.
  2. All program participants must have comprehensive health insurance that will cover for any accident or illness during the study abroad experience. If you do not have health insurance or a plan that covers travel abroad, do look into short-term plans like HTH Worldwide.
  3. All program participants must attend an orientation that will offer information about how to stay health during a study abroad experience and measures to avoid risk.
  4. Participants have the responsibiltiy to communicate with OIE regarding any health problem that arises during the length of the program to faciliate prompt and effective response.