Special consideration should be taken while planning a trip abroad. There may be unexpected issues that student travelers experience and it is important that the student, The Office of International Studies and Programs, and University Risk Management work together to prevent or mitigate these risks to the best of their abilities. University Risk Management may provide a risk assessment and/or evaluation for international travel upon specific request. Assessments are generally limited to travel that involves a country with U.S. State Department Travel Warning or a country with Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) sanctions.
The university acknowledges that traveling to countries with State Department travel warnings may pose an increased risk to the university and its travelers due to an increase in unpredictable circumstances. A warning can also be issued when the U.S. Government’s ability to assist American citizens is constrained due to closure of an embassy or consulate. It can be difficult for the university to contact a traveler in a country with a travel warning. U.S. Embassies may not be available or easily accessible and a traveler may remain grounded in the visiting country. Travelers are advised to verify their destination country is in good standing with the State Department. You can view current travel warnings on the State Department’s website.
Travelers will need to be aware of cultural issues in foreign countries. Laws and regulations can be very strict and differ greatly from those in the United States. Some special considerations regarding cultural understanding is the societal view of gender, sexual orientation, race and ethnicity. It is important for travelers to behave in a respectful manner when visiting other countries, and to be mindful of clothing choices and other cultural facets. University Risk Management advises all travelers to research their countries components prior to their departure, any difficulties regarding this should be brought to either University Risk Management or The Office of International Studies and Programs.
Travelers should ensure that they have all required/recommended immunizations before traveling abroad. Additionally, travelers should consult with their physicians to determine additional precautions that may be necessary for their safe travel.
Travelers who engage in high-risk behavior create additional risks for themselves, and participating in particularly risky activities such as: rock climbing, sky diving, parachuting, off road activities, or professional sports may not be covered by insurance. Reading the insurance policy will help travelers understand what actions are and are not covered under certain insurance policies. It is the traveler's responsibility to understand these constraints and exclusions prior to engaging in any such behavior.
The Department of State, U.S. embassies, and consulates abroad can provide assistance to U.S. citizens incarcerated abroad. The State Department is committed to ensuring fair and humane treatment for American citizens imprisoned overseas. They stand ready to assist incarcerated citizens and their families within the limits of their authority in accordance with international law.