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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Managing Education Abroad Fears with Effective Communication
January 23, 2019
In this NAFSA e-Learning Seminar, presenters will discuss managing perception versus reality, creating a proactive communication plan that addresses stakeholder concerns, and best practices for preparing your office to manage crisis communication.

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Study Abroad Center – Crisis Response Plan
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. This resource is 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.

Study Abroad Center-Crisis Response Plan
Study Abroad Center-Crisis Response Plan is a document containing sample crisis response plans from five different institutions. Download the resource and review for language that might be helpful to incorporate into your institution or organization’s own plan.


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.

Planning for Safe and Healthy Travels
This multistep guide offers valuable tips and information on health and safety issues that students must consider before, during, and after their education abroad experience. It covers issues such as immunizations, jet lag, emergency protocols, and travel advisories.

Addressing Mental Health Issues Affecting EA Participants
This new and completely revised publication provides education abroad professionals with tools to identify and help education abroad participants with mental health challenges. Topics covered include: common mental health concerns, when and how to refer a student to counseling, handling emergencies abroad, and legal concerns.

Sexual Health Abroad
This booklet is a helpful guide for healthy sexual behaviors abroad. It covers critical issues regarding cultural norms, contraception, sexual violence, and LGBTQIA issues. It includes helpful insights from students during their own time abroad.

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