Because the health and safety of study abroad participants are primary concerns, these guidelines have been developed to provide useful practical guidance to institutions, participants, and parents / guardians / families.
The guidelines are intended to be aspirational in nature. Although no set of guidelines can guarantee the health and safety needs of each individual involved in a study abroad program, these guidelines address issues that merit attention and thoughtful judgment. Although they address general considerations, they cannot possibly account for all the inevitable variations in actual cases that arise. Therefore, as specific situations arise, those involved must also rely upon their collective experience and judgment while considering the unique circumstances of each situation.
See NAFSA's website for more information on good practices for health and safety when studying abroad.
The University of Minnesota adheres to the standards of good practice for health and safety in education abroad as set by the Forum on Education Abroad.
Program Health & Safety information is available at GO SAFE: Safety & Education Abroad.
See additional professional resources at NAFSA's Resources for Health and Safety in Education Abroad.