UMD: A Globally Connected University
Health and Safety
Health and Safety
Your safety and security is our top priority.
While we cannot guarantee the safety of participants, we firmly believe that the risks can be significantly reduced when faculty, staff, students, parents, and University partners work together. In any emergency it is always best to be prepared. Use the right hand sidebar to find basic health and safety tips and important information on staying healthy while abroad. Be sure to familiarize yourself with the insurance coverage offered through Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI) that is required for all UMD students and non-UMD students attending our programs.
As part of our commitment to providing safe and well-managed study abroad opportunities, we endorse and adhere to the Standards of Good Practice as outlined by the Forum on Education Abroad as well as those outlined by NAFSA: Association of International Educators in its Responsible Study Abroad: Good Practices for Health and Safety report. Extremely helpful and student-friendly travel guidance and advice is also available on the U.S. State Department's Students Abroad website.
Risk Management Program
The Education Abroad Risk Management Committee must approve all institutionally sponsored international travel for undergraduate and graduate students to countries with a State Department Travel Advisory Level of 4 (Do Not Travel), 3 (Reconsider travel), or 2 (Exercise increased caution) when the program’s itinerary includes travel within the country to areas with Level 4 or 3 restrictions or risks. If it is determined that the health or safety risk to students, faculty, or staff is prohibitive, travel will not be permitted until conditions improve and the approval process is completed. If a State Department Travel Advisory level is heightened to any of the aforementioned levels while students are abroad, the Director for International Risk Management and the Risk Management Committee will assess the situation and take appropriate action, up to and including the option to cancel the program.
Furthermore, all students who travel abroad for credit or for university sponsored non-credit programs are automatically enrolled in our risk management program. The risk management program includes the following safety measures:
- Tracking dates and location of travel in case of an emergency
- Comprehensive international health insurance (students are responsible for the cost)
- Access to Alert Traveler with Local Resources & Emergency Support System
- Collection of travel warning waivers if students are traveling to a country with an active travel warning
- Review of student conduct files and follow up with students who have records of concern
- Review of students' self reported physical and mental health and follow-up communication with recommendations from the UMD Counseling Center and UMD Health Center as needed
Students who pursue independent international programs that are not sponsored or supported by Education Abroad are advised to review the Statement for Students on International Independent Programs and follow the guidance provided.