Learning Abroad Center

Health & Safety for UofM Students

Study Abroad Health & Safety

These web pages are meant as a guide for a safe and successful study abroad experience. Read our policies, procedures, and guidelines by using the links on the left side for navigation. The University of Minnesota considers the health and safety of students on education abroad opportunities one of its top priorities. While no organization or institution can guarantee the safety of participants, the risks can be significantly reduced if program staff, students, parents, and advisers at the host and home institutions all work together. Learn more about Safety & Education Abroad.

In response to the concern for the well-being of students, the University of Minnesota has developed policies and procedures related to education abroad opportunities which require all students participating in an education abroad experience as part of their time at the university to complete a Release and Waiver form from the General Counsel's Office. Students must also have international insurance coverage provided by the university. The University of Minnesota also requires students maintain their US health insurance whenever enrolled, including while learning abroad.

Additionally, the university endorses the recommendations of both the Forum on Education Abroad's Good Practices and the NAFSA: Association of International Educators' health and safety task force findings: Responsible Study Abroad: Good Practices for Health and Safety developed by the Interorganizational Task Force on Safety and Responsibility in Study Abroad.

The US Department of State recommends the Students Abroad website for students planning to travel abroad.