Resources for Health and Safety in Education Abroad

January 17, 2019

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.

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Sample Emergency Response Plans for Education Abroad
The Education Abroad Health and Safety Subcommittee led by Jason Hope, University of Kentucky, and Dan Hart, Arizona State University, compiled five sample crisis response plans used by different universities. These resources are meant to provide options/outlines for responding to an education abroad emergency.

International Medical Insurance Considerations for Education Abroad Professionals
Even when you do all that you can to prepare your travelers for a safe and healthy experience abroad, they may still experience health problems that require medical attention. Do you know where they would go if they need medical care at their travel destination? If they do seek medical care, are they covered by insurance? This resource examines these questions and more.

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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.

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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.