Parents or Guardians’ concern for the safety and well-being of their student abroad is natural and shared by Chapman University. Students need to take precautions abroad just like they would at home.
The U.S. Department of State has instituted a Travel Advisory for every country in the world by which they rate and communicate health and safety conditions in countries or specific regions of countries. These Travel Advisories include four levels of safety and security risk:
- Exercise normal precautions
- Exercise increased caution
- Reconsider travel
- Do not travel
Many countries that have an overall Travel Advisory rating of 1 or 2 have certain regions within that country with a higher advisory level, either indicated by regional numeric ratings or text such as “Reconsider Travel” (Level 3) or “Do Not Travel” (Level 4). If a country or region within a country is a Level 4, no student will be permitted to travel to that area.
The CGE carefully monitors the economic and political situations of the host countries via announcements issued by the U.S. Department of State and communication with program providers and/or host institutions. The university has protocols in place for dealing with emergencies, natural disasters, illness, events or situations that may affect individuals or groups.
Students attend pre-departure orientations prior to going abroad and will learn about health and safety issues. In addition, once they arrive they will also receive a health and safety orientation for the specific location.
All students who participate in an international program are covered by ACE International Travel Assistance Insurance. ACE provides (a) medical benefits, (b) emergency medical evacuation services, (c) an accidental death & dismemberment benefit, and (d) miscellaneous assistance services associated with foreign travel. A convenient, online enrollment form can be found at Chapman ACE Insurance. In addition, students are required to maintain domestic insurance while abroad. This can be independent insurance, coverage under a parent's plan or the Chapman University Wellness Plan.
Please refer to the Health and Safety student webpage for more information on how your student can stay healthy and safe while abroad and what you can do to support them. Health and safety information can also be found in the Student Handbook, which is distributed at the Pre-Departure Orientation to students.
Read the following article, "Parents Speak Up on Rising Concerns of Terrorism and Study Abroad" from GoOverseas.com. Learn safety tips and read about how other parents of study abroad students are reacting to terrorism abroad.