International travelers are exposed to many new experiences but also to certain risks. This page offers international travelers resources to mitigate risks inherent to international travel. Safety is a global, national, regional, and local phenomenon. While no study abroad program can offer an absolute guarantee that students will be safe, many steps can be taken to reduce the risk of becoming injured or a victim of crime abroad. Above all, health and safety is the shared responsibility of the student traveler, their family, the program provider or host, UNH, and in-country police and service providers. All UNH students traveling abroad on University-related activities, such as UNH Managed, Exchange and Approved study abroad programs, are covered by the UNH International Travel Assistance and Insurance Program. Study abroad students on UNH Managed, Exchange and Approved Programs participate in pre-departure orientation meetings and receive detailed health and safety information before they go abroad.
Below is a list of helpful health and safety resources to help in planning your abroad experience.
- UNH International Travel Assistance and Insurance Program International SOS is the travel assistance provider for the UNH international travel insurance program. In addition to emergency services, they provide extensive health, safety, travel and cultural information on the web, with their mobile app, and via telephone consultants.
- Medications: Call International SOS (215-942-8478) to find out the host country regulations & availability of your medications. Check to make sure you medication is legal in the countries you are traveling to and make sure you know how to maintain your supply for the full length of your trip.
- Learn about health conditions and recommended immunizations at least 4-6 weeks before you plan to go abroad. Visit the UNH Travel Clinic for counseling and reduced rates on many immunizations.
- If you are a parent, read our Parent’s Guidebook for information on everything from money matters to health and safety while abroad.
- Read the student Study Abroad Handbook
- Sexual Harassment and Rape Prevention Program (SHARPP)
- UNH Policy on International Travel Risk Review
- UNH Information Technology Security & Preparedness
U.S. Department of State Resources
- The Travel Safety Reference Guide published by the U.S State Department Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) provides comprehensive and easy checklists and information about a variety of travelers issues.
- Country Crime and Safety Reports
- Visit http://www.travel.state.gov for security advisories and other travel guidance
- Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)
- Country Specific Information
- U.S. State Department’s role in a crisis
- Safety Abroad First Educational Travel Information (SAFETI)
- Center for Disease Control (CDC) has extensive world health and travelers health information.
- FBI Safety and Security for U.S. Students Traveling Abroad brochure
- World Health Organization (WHO) is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system and provides country-specific health information and resources for international travel and health.