Health & Safety


The safety and well-being of students, faculty, and staff who participate in ISU programs abroad is of the highest importance. ISU employs a variety of resources to evaluate the safety of travel to a particular destination:

  • U.S. Department of State travel advisories
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  • In-country program partners
  • Consultation with US embassy and consulate security officers
  • Private security and intelligence providers
  • Peer institution international risk

We also provide travelers the resources and tools to help make their international travel experience a success, including:

  • Access to emergency security, medical and claims assistance through our international insurance carrier.
  • Registration with the U.S. State Department’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).
  • A subscription for security alerts.

ISU’s policies and procedures also are designed to protect the safety and well-being of study abroad participants. Undergraduate international travel and study abroad programs in high-risk destinations require special review and approval. Sponsorship and student financial aid may be withdrawn, and programs may be canceled under certain circumstances.