The health and safety of our
participants is a major concern for the BSU Study Abroad Office. Every effort
is made to ensure that our students, faculty and staff traveling abroad have
the resources and information they need for a successful study abroad
experience. Though absolute safety cannot be guaranteed abroad just as it
cannot be guaranteed in the United States, BSU is committed to taking the
necessary steps to maximize student safety at every program site.
We have certain protocols and
guidelines in place to minimize risk to our student participants:
» We monitor U.S. government advisories, considering both those issued by
in-country embassies and consulates and by the Department of State in
» Our staff are in contact with all students abroad, and students are
kept updated on travel warnings or potential threats in their area.
» We maintain an emergency telephone number for students abroad. The
phone line is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
» Students attend mandatory pre-departure orientation sessions during
which health and safety issues are covered in detail.
All study abroad program
participants will be covered by a mandatory, comprehensive insurance plan. If
you are studying abroad through an affiliate provider, they will provide your
health insurance. If you are
participating in a BSU travel course, BSU exchange, or international student
teaching program, travel medical insurance is provided for you through Frontier Medex
Health, Physical or
If you have health, physical or
learning difficulties which would require special assistance you should contact
your health care provider, your study abroad advisor and, as appropriate,
Disability Resources at BSU. You must inform the Study Abroad Office in writing
at least 60 days before your program departure date about any health, physical
or learning difficulties for which you may need accommodation. If special
assistance requests are not received by the Study Abroad Office at least 60
days prior to the program departure date, the request may not be accommodated.
Even if requests are received within 60 days of your program departure date, in
all cases there is no guarantee that request can be accommodated.
While You're Away
The first thing you should do
when you arrive is to contact your family and/or friends to let them know
you've reached your destination. We have frantic parents calling our office
every semester, winter and summer to find out this exact information!
Independent travel: One great benefit of many of our
programs is the opportunity to travel to other destinations in your free time.
However, if you plan to do any extra traveling ask your faculty
leader/program/on-site director about travel procedures. Your faculty
leader/program/on-site director may want to know where you are going, where you
are staying and when you are returning.
Medications: If you are required to take
medications for medial or psychological conditions, please be sure that you have
adequate supplies of these items for your program. Brand names and measurements
differ and you may have difficulty finding your specific medication.
Prescription medication must be labeled with your name, your physician's name
and the generic (not brand) name of the medication. We encourage students with
medical conditions to wear a medical alert bracelet or pendant.
Conduct: Students participating in all BSU
study abroad programs are required to follow the laws of the country in which
they are traveling, including laws relating to traffic, trespass, alcohol and
weapons. Students are also subject to the BSU Student Code of Conduct while on
programs. While participating in BSU study abroad programs, students are
representing both BSU and the United States, and should conduct themselves well
within the applicable laws and policies as well as with respect for cultural
expectations for the countries in which they are traveling.
Useful websites and
SAFETI Clearinghouse (Safety
Abroad First Educational Travel Information): http://www.globaled.us/safeti/
U.S. Dept. of State International
Travel Information: http://travel.state.gov//content/travel/en.html
Centers for Disease Control and
- Don't flaunt wallets, purses, or
cameras. Wear a money belt concealed under clothing.
- Learn local conditions of the
region before traveling.
- Avoid making eye contact with
strangers. Making eye contact makes you memorable. Do not make eye contact
with anyone in a crowd. However, you should make momentary eye contact
with security guards to avoid raising suspicions.
- Have phone numbers of program
contacts handy at all times.
- Dress in clothing that is common
or typical for the area. Avoid looking like a tourist.
- Be extra cautious of your
surroundings at night
- Have sufficient funds or a credit
card on hand for emergencies.
- Leave expensive or
expensive-looking jewelry at home.
- In case your wallet or backpack is
lost or stolen, keep a copy of your passport, airplane tickets, health
insurance card, driver's license, student ID, etc.
- Use alcohol sparingly and be aware
that drinking even a small amount could increase your vulnerability to
crime. Drink responsibly!
- Tell someone where you are going,
especially if traveling alone (but really try to stay with a group)
- Avoid political demonstrations,
large crowds and gatherings.
- Arrange to have a physical (and
dental) check-up before you go abroad.
- If you take prescription
medications regularly, bring a supply to last throughout your time abroad,
if you can.
- Some countries will require
immunizations to enter. It is important to determine the requirements of
your host country.
- While your stomach is still
adjusting to foreign meals, you may wish to include some familiar foods in
- Find out before you go whether the
local tap water is drinkable. (In most Western European countries, it is.)
If it isn't, drink bottled water.
- If you drink alcohol, drink wisely
- In some countries, HIV, the virus that
causes AIDS, is a widespread health problem. Take the same steps to avoid
this disease as you would at home.