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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: 15 March 2022

Education Abroad (EA) prioritizes student health, safety, and security abroad, and 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 the Transnistria region of 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: 14 March 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 Education Abroad COVID-19 FAQs and Ed Abroad During COVID-19 pages 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

Education Abroad regularly assesses its programs to ensure that they meet the standards of CU Boulder in regards to academics, student support, educational outcomes, health and safety, and overall quality of the experience. Education Abroad does so via student evaluations, on-site assessment, and communication with partners and students. In addition, Education Abroad regularly monitors health, safety, and security channels and resources to assess on-site health and safety conditions. Education Abroad uses these same resources to evaluate program sites to address emergencies or other unexpected events that could jeopardize the security of students while overseas.

Education Abroad monitors health, safety, and security abroad through the following channels:
  1. Daily briefings from the Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC), a division of the US Department of State’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security.  OSAC briefings are for non-military US member organizations.
  2. US Department of State Travel Advisories and Country Crime and Safety reports, as well as US Embassy Alerts and Messages
  3. Centers for Disease Control Health Warnings
  4. Briefings from the International SOS Travel Security team and from I-SOS Risk Rating Analyses
  5. Daily Security Alerts from the Education Abroad international insurance provider
  6. Reports from non-U.S. governments (such as from the UK, Canadian, and Australian governments)
  7. Assessments from university partners abroad and on-site staff
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. Registers students in the Education Abroad international insurance policy.
At the same time, this is necessarily a collaborative process. Ed Abroad can provide students with resources and advice, but students are responsible for reviewing and following this guidance to keep themselves safe and healthy while abroad.

"Across Sands" in Morocco, photo by Kristy Gustafson