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.
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