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Health & Safety

Our priority
The International Center prioritizes the health and safety of students, faculty, staff and community members.


Studying and traveling abroad requires many of the same health and safety precautions that one would take in the US. However, participants need to be aware of additional risks that may be unique to traveling abroad and living in a particular country or region. It is recommended that students visit the State Department Alerts and Warnings page as well as visit the country specific information available through our insurance provider portal, Mercer Travel Assist.


All program participants will be enrolled in travel medical insurance for the duration of their time abroad either through UK or the partner program itself, if its insurance coverage meets or exceeds UK standards. Students will receive access an online pre-departure handbook outlining best practices for maintaining good health and safety. Prior to the term that students will be studying abroad, they will receive an email notification outlining their insurance enrollment information and instructions as to whom to contact in case of an emergency and how to file a claim.

Mandatory pre-departure orientation

All participants in credit-bearing programs will be required to attend an on-campus pre-departure orientation in which our professional staff will review topics related to health and safety. Health and safety-related topics to be covered at this meeting will include but not be limited to:

Worldwide Monitoring

The International Center monitors international security and maintains regular communication with in-country faculty leaders, partner institutions and providers. In the event of an emergency, UK Education Abroad can identify the location of all program participants and will initiate communication with the necessary parties immediately and take action as the situation warrants.