Your health, safety, and security are critical to a successful and worthwhile study abroad experience. While it is impossible to anticipate every contingency, it is essential that you, your parents, and your advisors are informed and knowledgeable concerning studying abroad in today's world of ever-changing challenges. After your acceptance to a study abroad program, you will be invited to a mandatory pre-departure orientation that will cover important health and safety topics to prepare for your term abroad.
Women traveling abroad may have specific travel safety concerns. The Canadian Department of International Trade and Foreign Affairs published useful documentation on travel safety for women. We recommend that all female students, faculty, and staff review this information prior to going abroad. The documentation is available on the Canadian Department of International Trade and Foreign Affairs website.
We consider the health, safety and well-being of our students of the utmost importance. The Director of Global Affairs receives world-wide information from security officials and multiple intelligence reports daily.
In the event of a political, social or natural emergency, the SHU Crisis Management team will be in close contact with the on-site director for any of our overseas programs.
For the safety of students and faculty abroad, the Office of Study Abroad does NOT permit study abroad in countries under a U.S. Department of State issued Travel Warning. For a list of current travel warnings, please visit the U.S. Department of State’s Travel Warnings web page.
- United States Department of State
- U.S. State Department - Students Abroad
- Center for Disease Control
- Transportation Security Administration
- Lonely Planet Guide
- Center for Global Education
- Study Abroad.com safety Information
- World Health Organization
- Student Abroad Handbook
- Websites of US Embassies and Consulates around the World
- Government Made Easy
In the case of extreme emergencies the Office of Study Abroad can be reached 24 hours a day by calling SHU Campus Police Department. Although most emergencies are better managed by working with local authorities and your program support staff abroad.
During standard business hours, Monday - Friday, 8:30AM to 4:30PM, please call the Office of Study Abroad at 203-396-8028 (or 8022).
To report an emergency during non-business hours, please call the SHU Department of Public Safety at 203-371-7911.