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Education Abroad Network
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Health and Safety While Studying Abroad

The Education Abroad Network  is committed to providing a safe, healthy, and secure learning environment for each program participant. Our staff includes seasoned study abroad professionals that provide guidance to students on day-to-day issues, and our overseas Resident Directors implement our health and safety goals. With offices overseas and the United States, students and parents can connect with our staff 24-hours a day.

Health Insurance

All participants are provided an overseas health insurance policy that is included in the cost of the program. Please see Health Insurance for complete policy details.

Safety Abroad

The Education Abroad Network is committed to the health and safety of every participant. It is very important that students make informed decisions about their study and travel destinations. We continually monitor the safety and security of our study abroad program locations as well as popular student travel destinations. We continue to advise students of the safety and health risks associated with studying and traveling abroad based on the information from the U.S. Department of State's travel warnings, local law enforcement, NAFSA: the Association of International Educators, and the World Health Organization.

The Education Abroad Network has created an Emergency Response Plan for our study abroad locations that will be implemented by both our Resident Director staff in the Pacific Rim, and our US-based staff in Notre Dame, Indiana. The Education Abroad Network staff will work with students, parents, and study abroad staff at both the student’s home and host institutions to provide the most up-to-date information regarding situations that may arise while studying abroad. The Education Abroad Network participants will be given Emergency Contact Information cards before they depart the US and also briefed at orientation on specific instructions to follow in case of an emergency.

Safety Tips

  • Emergency Contacts: Be sure to designate a parent or guardian as your Emergency Contact in your Virtual Application to ensure that information regarding an emergency situation will automatically be passed on to your parents. Also make sure to provide The Education Abroad Network with your Emergency Contact’s most up-to-date contact information.
  • Communication Information: Provide The Education Abroad Network with the most up-to-date contact information including your telephone, mobile phone, address, and email address. Be sure to notify your parents and Resident Director in case of an emergency.
  • Keep Others Informed: Tell others (your roommates, your parents, your Resident Director) your travel plans. Keeping others informed will make it easier to locate you in case of an emergency.
  • Stay Informed: Research the political, cultural, and social climate of your study and travel abroad destination before heading overseas. While abroad read local newspapers and watch local news broadcasts for developments that may affect your health and safety. If you have questions, please contact an Education Abroad Network staff member either in the US or abroad.
  • What about anti-American sentiment? Although individual Americans are generally well liked abroad, host nationals will often question the activities of the U.S. Government and may hold anti-American views. This has occurred for some time, in periods of both peace and crisis. Participants in the past have found these tips useful: use common sense, keep a low profile, dress to blend in, speak softly, avoid overt displays of American patriotism, and stay away from known established American locations. The Education Abroad Network also advises that students avoid all public demonstrations.

Travel Insurance

The Education Abroad Network highly recommends the purchase of extra travel insurance through STA Travel for any unexpected mishaps that can occasionally occur while you are traveling. Travel insurance is optional and is not included in The Education Abroad Network program fee. Students can purchase travel insurance for approximately $400 for six months of coverage through a reputable student travel agency, STA Travel. Smaller lengths of coverage are also available on-line at www.statravel.com.

Coverage includes:

  • Travel Protection
  • Trip cancellation
  • Trip interruption
  • Baggage Protection
  • Lost or stolen baggage
  • Delayed baggage
  • Medical Protection
  • Sickness or accident
  • Emergency Evacuation
  • Travel Accident Protection
  • Accidental death and dismemberment
  • Worldwide Emergency Assistance Services
  • 24-hour travel and medical emergency assistance
  • Emergency Cash Transfer

Health and Safety Resources

U.S. Department of State
World Health Organization
U.S. Embassies
Center for Disease Control
SAFETI (Safety Abroad First-Educational Travel Information)

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