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Health & Safety

Basic Health & Safety Resources

The most important thing you can do to keep your student safe is to be well­informed yourself.  Learn with your student about immunizations and health in your student’s host country on the CDC’s website and travel alerts from the State Department. Caution your student to take these advisories seriously. Talk to parents of students who have previously studied in the host country about their child’s safety. Your student can visit Student Health Services in the Cowell Center for physical health­ related questions.

Be sure to check out our other Health & Safety resources.

Emotional Safety

Ask your student about their fears when it comes to studying abroad, and prepare them for challenges they may face. Research how Americans may be perceived in the host country and consider different aspects of your student’s identity. Students may also be perceived differently by friends and family because they are studying abroad. Have a conversation with your student about how they will cope with these challenges, and what they may learn from them.

For additional emotional support, your student can visit the Counseling & Psychological Services in the Cowell Center.

Our office provides many resources related to identity abroad.

Special Concerns

If you have a specific concern or your student has a special need, encourage your student to discuss it with the Global Engagement Office. Our staff is inclusive of all identities and wants to support your student.