Safety and Study Abroad
How safe is study abroad? While no program, domestic or international, can provide
a 100% guarantee of safety, study abroad is neither safer nor more dangerous than
studying in the United States. Students need to utilize maturity and act responsibly,
regardless of whether their campus is across town, across the state, across the country,
or across the world.
At the same time, the health and safety of our students and faculty is a primary concern
for APA. We have made every effort to make our programs and exchanges as safe as
possible and that our students and faculty have the information they need to make
safe and informed decisions.
- Design programs that embody the best practices in the field of education abroad with
regards to safety and security using resources such as SAFETI and NAFSA.
- Regularly review program locations and activities for suitable safety procedures.
- Monitor US State Department warnings and travel advisories. LSU prohibits travel to locations for which the U.S. State Department has issued
an official travel warning.
- Conduct annual risk management training for faculty and staff participating in APA
- Conduct orientations for students prior to departure with information on health, safety,
emergency contacts, and site-specific considerations.
- Collect and review medical information, including information on medications taken
regularly and registered disabilities, from every program participant.
- Procure health insurance and medical evacuation insurance for all students participating
in international programs.
- Maintain communication with program participants hosts,faculty, and service providers
- Read and carefully consider all program materials, including those provided by host
universities and/or service providers.
- Participate fully in all pre-departure orientations.
- Conduct their own research into the sites they will visit.
- Understand and comply with the Student Code of Conduct and the terms of participation
for the program.
- Obey the laws of the host culture. Avoid illegal activities and substances.
- Accept responsibility for their decisions and actions.
- Register with International SOS.
What Parents Can Do
- Discuss with your student his/her travel plans, both with the university and any independent
travel your students intends to take.
- Program International SOS's phone number (215-942-8478) into your phone and/or make
sure it’s stored in an easily accessible place, so you can report problems quickly.
- Attend the parent orientation (for international exchanges and short-term programs).
- Discuss with your student his/her specific medical concerns and how travel will affect
them physically, mentally, and emotionally.
- Keep a copy of passports, flight itineraries, insurance cards, and credit cards, so
that these items can be quickly replaced and/or cancelled if lost.