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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: 25 July 2022

On July 23, 2022, the World Health Organization declared the current monkeypox outbreak to be a global health emergency, calling for a coordinated international response.
Education Abroad (EA) has been closely monitoring the monkeypox outbreak over the past few months and at this time doesn’t foresee any direct impacts to EA program operations. Despite an increasing number of cases detected, the risk of monkeypox to the general public remains quite low. Nevertheless, travelers are advised to practice enhanced precautions, including the following:
  • Limit close contact with sick individuals
  • Sexually active individuals should be open about their potential exposure to the virus, and ask your partner(s) to do the same
  • Regularly clean and disinfect environments that could have been contaminated with the virus
  • Avoid contact with dead or live wild animals including rodents and non-human primates
  • Keep yourself informed about monkeypox in your area
  • If you start experiencing symptoms or believe you’ve come in contact with a potential carrier, isolate yourself and seek medical care (your program can assist with this).
 For more information on monkeypox, including what symptoms to watch for, see the resources below.
Updated: 25 July 2022

Education Abroad (EA) is closely monitoring the war in Ukraine. EA is working with our partners to assess how this developing situation may impact students abroad. 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 Program Cancellation Policy

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

Other Considerations:
Per CU Boulder policy, students are prohibited from traveling independently to any country or region that is rated a Level 3 or 4 for reasons beyond COVID by the U.S. State Department. This currently includes Ukraine, Russia, Belarus, and Moldova. 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 update this page as the situation evolves and will communicate directly with students if we foresee any programming impacts.
Updated: 1 July 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