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Health & Safety
Your safety is very important to us.
The safety and well-being of students, faculty, and staff participating in study abroad programs are of the highest importance. All students participating in a UMD program take part in a pre-departure orientation provided by International Programs & Services (IPS), where safety and health abroad are covered. IPS receives regular updates from U.S. government advisories and the U.S. State Department and monitors those issued by in-country embassies. In addition to these health and safety pages, please review the University-wide resources on Safety Abroad, which includes information on the MN Study Abroad Program Law.
While no organization or institution can guarantee the safety of participants, awareness alone can significantly reduce risks. Ultimately, all students are responsible for their own safety and security. Be sure to carefully read the information, advice, and resources provided by IPS, your program leaders, study abroad program provider, and host institution.
For the well-being of the students, the University of Minnesota has developed policies and procedures related to Education Abroad. The policy requirements include sound health, safety, and security measures that minimize risks to the traveler and institution and incorporate best practices and regulations. Highlights of the policy include mandatory international insurance and an online pre-departure orientation that covers general health, safety, behavior, and cultural adjustment. The policy also prohibits students from driving motorized vehicles abroad.
- Review our Risk Management and Safety Abroad pages.
- The U.S. Department of State Students Abroad website.
Sexual Misconduct Resources & Support
Sexual misconduct can happen anytime and anywhere. We hope that you never experience an incident of sexual misconduct, but know that there is help and support available to you regardless of your location in the world. Rely on your local support systems in addition to those available to you in International Programs & Services (IPS) and at UMD.
- Responding to Sexual Misconduct at UMD
- Confidential support at UMD and in Duluth
- Pathways to Safety International
- Your study abroad international insurance provider can provide support and help you find local care as needed
- IPS, The Office of Student Conduct & Conflict Resolution, and your on-site program staff can help you navigate local laws and support regarding sexual misconduct, so don’t hesitate to contact us if you are in need. Please note that these offices are non-confidential resources.
Additional health and safety information is available at GO SAFE.