Every college, university, and provider organization regardless of size needs to analyze multiple sources of risk for international activities. The health, safety, and security of program participants, staff, and faculty is always of utmost importance. Crisis Management & Risk Assessment and Student Health & Safety are defined as core competency areas for education abroad professionals while Strategic Planning, Leadership, and Communication with Stakeholders Across Campus are all core competencies for all international educators according to NAFSA’s International Education Professional Competencies.
This resource is to help colleges and universities consider who should be at the decision-making table to assess risk for international education programs. Every university is unique and will have to establish their specific tolerance for risk before they can set forth assessing the viabilities of international travel.