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International health, safety and security

The MU International Center supports the health, safety and security of all participants on MU study abroad and university-related international travel programs, as well as the faculty and staff members who travel with them. In collaboration with colleagues across campus, university experts, colleagues in the U.S. and abroad, and individual participants and their families, the director of international health, safety and security facilitates travel abroad that supports the academic mission of the university and maximizes the safety of travelers by:

  • Evaluating risk.
  • Providing health and safety orientation and training.
  • Facilitating compliance.
  • Developing and maintaining emergency response plans.
  • Responding to crises.

Learn more about the ways the International Center supports student health, safety and security abroad.

Student responsibilities*

MU regularly monitors and reviews its programs abroad and is committed to maximizing student health, safety and security while supporting students in achieving their academic, professional and personal goals. However, on study abroad and university-related international travel programs, as in other settings, you can have a major impact on your own health and safety through the decisions you make before and during your program.

You can enhance your health and safety abroad by:

Recommendations for families*

Families can also play an important role in supporting the health and safety of students participating in study abroad and university-related international travel programs.

  • Be informed about and involved in the decision of your student to enroll in a specific program.
  • Obtain and evaluate participant program materials, as well as related health, safety and security information.
  • Discuss with your student any travel plans or activities that are independent of their program.
  • Discuss safety and behavior issues with your student.
  • Keep in touch with your student while they are abroad.
  • Be aware that your student, not the program, may most appropriately provide some information.

*Information in these sections comes from Responsible Study Abroad: Good Practices for Health and Safety, from the Interorganizational Task Force on Safety and Responsibility in Study Abroad.