Resources for Health and Safety in Education Abroad

October 05, 2017

Safety is a prime concern of all who are involved in education abroad ventures – participants, their families, advisers, institutions that send students abroad, those that host them, and the staff of all organizations that operate programs. NAFSA is committed to providing up-to-date, relevant resources on student health and safety abroad to aid education abroad professionals as they strive to create and promote safe programs for their students. For more information, check out the International Education Professional Competencies, the most comprehensive listing of necessary competencies for success in the field of international education.

Top Resources

New Publications

Crisis Management for Education Abroad
The best way to handle an emergency is to plan for it. Make sure you have a response in place for your education abroad office before a crisis occurs. Don't get caught off guard the next time your office needs to respond quickly!

Health and Safety for Secondary School Programs Abroad
Planning an education abroad program for middle or high school students can be an enormous undertaking. This new digital download centers on key health, safety, and risk management issues that are involved in developing a secondary school international experience.

New Resources

Government Connection: Improved Consular Safety and Security Messaging
January 23, 2017 @ 2:00 p.m.
International safety and security for students, faculty, and staff traveling abroad is a top priority for all U.S. colleges and universities many of whom base their programming and travel policies on safety information issued by the U.S. Department of State. With the announcement of a new leveled Travel Advisory system, institutions across the United States may need to review and revise their travel policy.

Invisible Identities Abroad
The number of college students studying abroad with an invisible identity such as learning disabilities, food allergies and mental health related problems, is growing. Make sure you are prepared to effectively advise these students and encourage them to disclose their invisible identity to you prior to departure. NAFSA thanks Brett Chin, Darren Gallant, Paula Hentz, and Morgan Reiss for developing this resource for the 2017 Annual Conference in Los Angeles.

Resources by Category

Specific resources for professionals who establish emergency communication protocols to be shared with faculty, staff, and students; prepare health and safety instructional materials for emergency situations; respond to international emergencies according to institutional protocols; develop policies and procedures for health and safety, risk reduction, and crisis management can be accessed on the Risk and Crisis Management page.