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Health and Safety Concerns

    Health and Safety

    The health and safety of students on education abroad opportunities are top priorities of the Learning Abroad Center. Comprehensive resources and safety updates can be found on the Health and Safety web page. Review more on health abroad and safety abroad, including incident data.

    International Travel, Health, and Security Insurance

    All students are required to enroll in CISI insurance regardless of current coverage the student or student's family may have. The cost of this insurance is often built into the program fee of study abroad programs. Enrollment in CISI insurance is facilitated by Learning Abroad Center staff. Visit the international insurance web page for additional information.


    In the event of a political, social, health, or natural emergency, the Learning Abroad Center is in close contact with the on-site staff for any study abroad program offered through the Learning Abroad Center. The on-site staff in turn seek advice from the local authorities and the US Consulate or Embassy nearest to the program location. Remain in contact with the on-site staff in an emergency situation.

    Learning Abroad Center
    University of Minnesota
    Phone: 612.626.9000
    Toll-Free: 888.700.UOFM (8636)
    Fax: 612.626.8009

    Email: UMabroad@umn.edu
    Contact list web page


    In case of emergency, students, friends, and family members should contact the Learning Abroad Center at 612.626.9000 at any time. After business hours, a message at that number provides instructions for contacting our staff.

    Safety Precautions

    When traveling overseas, students should follow a number of precautions in order to travel safely. They should consult the US State Department Resources for up-to-date information on travel precautions for the country where they will be studying or traveling.

    NAFSA: the Association of International Educators, has Resources for Health and Safety in Education Abroad and Responsible Study Abroad: Good Practices for Health & Safety on their website.

    Go Safe

    Program Health & Safety information is available at global.umn.edu/gosafe