Education Abroad

Health and Safety


    The pressures of living and studying off-campus are considerable. 

    • In some cases, mild disorders can become serious under the stress of life and study in a new environment. The system of US health care may not be replicated in the host country. Therefore, it is important the Education Abroad Office be informed of any medical or emotional problems which might impact you while abroad. 
    • You are solely responsible to disclose health conditions to the Education Abroad Office and on-site staff in order to adequately discuss the impact of any serious health risks on those conditions. 
    • It is your responsibility to obtain and carefully evaluate health and safety information related to your program as provided by the provider, the Center for Disease Control(CDC), the US Department of State and other sources. 


    Your safety is ultimately your responsibility 

    • Each person should actively develop his or her own personal safety strategies.
    • EAO can assist you in developing personal awareness and personal safety strategies. 
    • It is important to discuss with on-site program staff the extent to which these strategies are or are not applicable during your time abroad. 
    • Some suggestions include:
      • Listen for what is being said
      • Keep watch for suspicious people and vehicles 
      • Know what hours of the night are more dangerous than others 
      • Stay in and walk only in those areas that are well lit 
      • Avoid being alone in unfamiliar neighborhoods 
      • Know where to get help (stores, phones, fire station, etc.) 
      • Avoid displaying valuables i.e. phone, camera, etc. 
      • Refer to SU's Public Safety Tips

    World Health Resources