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.
- TripLingo app, which provides translation, cultural notes, a Wi-Fi dialer, and more.
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 Sponsorship and student financial aid may be withdrawn, and programs may be canceled under certain circumstances.