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Health & Safety

Students' health and safety abroad is Education Abroad's number one priority. We are continuously assessing the safety and security situation for our program sites and take seriously the provision of pre-departure resources that include information on how to assess and address health, safety, security issues, potential risks, and appropriate emergency responses during their program. See the resources below for more information.

To contact us in an emergency outside of office hours, call +1 (303) 653-1671.

Heath & Safety Notices

Updated: 7 December 2022

Education Abroad (EA) continues to closely monitoring the war in Ukraine and any potential impacts on education abroad students. CU Boulder is not currently running any programs in Ukraine, Russia, Belarus, or any countries adjacent to Ukraine and Belarus.

EA utilizes a wide range of resources to monitor and assess the security situation everywhere that we operate programs. For more information on our decision-making processes, please see our Health & Safety FAQs below and our Assessment of Education Abroad Programs page.

Status of Programs:
At this time, all programs continue to run as planned. 

Other Considerations:
Per the CU Boulder Policy on Student International Travel and Programs, students are prohibited from traveling independently to any country or region that is determined to be a high-risk location. This currently includes Ukraine, Russia, and Belarus. We also strongly recommend against travel to the Polish border with Ukraine. Students should exercise a high degree of caution when traveling to any countries bordering Ukraine and Belarus and should avoid participating in any protests during their program. We will communicate directly with students if we foresee any programming impacts.
Updated: 7 December 2022

Ed Abroad's extensive risk management experience and comprehensive protocols have allowed us to successfully continue operating programs in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, with CU Boulder students returning to Education Abroad program sites starting in January 2021. See our Ed Abroad & COVID-19 page for more information on how we are making programming decisions, how COVID-19 impacts Ed Abroad programs, and what students should do to prepare for study abroad within the context of COVID-19.  

Health & Safety FAQs

See our Assessment of Education Abroad Programs page for details on how we monitor health, safety, and security risks for our locations around the world, how these assessments inform our programming decisions, and what would happen should CU Boulder make the decision to suspend a program.
EA takes very seriously the role of preparing students for their time abroad. Students are required to attend pre-departure orientations, familiarize themselves with extensive resources guides, including the Accepted Student Guide, and attend on-site orientation after they arrive.

Additionally, for students participating in CU Boulder Education Abroad programs and for those registered in the International Travel Registry, Education Abroad does the following:
  1. Provides access to country-specific information including the United States Department of State’s International Travel pageConsular Information Sheets, and International SOS reports which provide basic health and safety information that we want and expect students to know.
  2. Gives students information on registering their trip with the US Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). STEP registration allows the appropriate embassy to send information about safety conditions in the destination country and helps the U.S. embassy to contact students in an emergency.
  3. Enrolls students in the Education Abroad international insurance policy.
  4. Registers students in International SOS's TravelTracker service, which provides real-time updates on potential health, safety, and security risks that may arise while the student is on-site.
At the same time, this is necessarily a collaborative process. Ed Abroad can provide students with resources and advice, but students are ultimately responsible for their own actions in maintaining their health and safety, and for reviewing and following this guidance to keep themselves safe and healthy while abroad.

If you have a life- or limb-threatening emergency, you should always contact the local emergency response system first. You will be provided with emergency contact info for your program, including the 911 equivalent in your host country.

For non-life-threatening emergencies, your first point of contact should be your on-site staff, as they are in the best position to provide immediate help, whether that be accompanying you to the doctor, reporting a theft, or helping you replace a lost passport. International SOS can also provide you further support (+1-215-942-8478 - when calling, reference member ID 11BCAS000006).

See our What to Do in an Emergency page of the Accepted Student Guide for more information.


There are several resources designed specifically for travelers who want to receive pertinent updates. We recommend the following:


"Across Sands" in Morocco, photo by Kristy Gustafson