UMD: A Globally Connected University

Health and Safety

Health and Safety

Your safety and security is our top priority.

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COVID-19 Updates



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.

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Risk Management Program

The International Risk Management Committee (IRMC) provides health, safety and security guidance and policy recommendations for Education Abroad programs. The IRMC’s recommendations are made to the Associate Vice President, International Affairs and Provost.  The IRMC is chaired by the Director, International Risk Management who monitors the global risk environment and brings location and/or program specific issues to the IRMC for discussion and guidance.  The ICRMC meets at least twice each academic year to discuss health, safety and security trends in international destinations, the travel advisories of the U.S. State Department and Center for Disease Control and Prevention, other non-U.S. government advisories, on-campus subject matter experts, and UMD’s intelligence assistance providers.

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

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Independent Programs

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. 

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