Health and Safety Abroad

Health and safety abroad for FIU students

 Florida International University (FIU) and the Office of Study Abroad (OSA) take the health and safety of FIU students abroad very seriously. We strive to provide students studying abroad with information about health and safety concerns that they may face in a foreign country.  However, the student must also follow these precautions.

Pre-departure

At the mandatory pre-departure for OSA students studying abroad, the Office of Study Abroad reviews important information for students as they prepare to travel abroad.  We discuss travel, finances, health, safety, enrollment, and use of insurance.

At this meeting, the students receive their pre-departure folder with the consular notes from the US Department of State and the notes from the Centers for Disease Control for the particular country for the program.  It is critically important that the student read all this information and follow the recommendations.  If there are questions, these should be raised as quickly as possible.

For each program, we send an email prior to departure to each faculty member and each student detailing the areas of concern in a particular country, if there are any.    Again, we stress that everyone on the program needs to read these documents and follow any recommendations.

Health and safety information for your study abroad country

Information regarding health and safety for a particular country can be found at:
https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en.html
At this website, you can enter the country and learn about travel to that country for US citizens. These consular notes are written by US Embassy staff in each country.

https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/list/
At this website, you can learn about particular health concerns from the Centers for Disease Control including the required and recommended immunizations and health precautions you should take in this country.

Forms completed by students

Through our Studio Abroad portal, students upload documents required for their study abroad program: copy of passport, medical form completed by a US licensed physician, emergency contact information, and special needs form.

Insurance enrollment

All FIU students studying abroad are enrolled through the Office of Study Abroad in our comprehensive medical insurance abroad.  Students receive their insurance card before traveling abroad.  In addition, students may download a copy of their insurance card from Studio Abroad.

If students pay out-of-pocket for medical expenses abroad, they should file a claim with the insurance when they return to the United States.  Filing the claim can be done at https://www.culturalinsurance.com/pdf/claim_form.pdf

Contacting the Office of Study Abroad:

The Office of Study Abroad has an emergency line and email set up specifically for students studying abroad who need immediate assistance.  The emergency phone number is 001-305-348-4288 and the emergency email is studyabroadhelp@fiu.edu.

The Office of Study Abroad contacts  FIU students and faculty directors if and when there is an incident to provide available support and resources.

Emergency Action Plan and Annual Emergency Meeting

The Office of Study Abroad has an updated emergency plan addressing various situations that may come up abroad.

In April, the Office of Study Abroad holds its annual Emergency Procedures meeting with faculty leading study abroad programs.  In this meeting, the faculty and the study abroad team discuss scenarios and cases and how to respond to them. This program serves as a method of highlighting safety concerns that might arise and how faculty might respond.

Travel warning committee

The travel warning committee reviews petitions from students and programs for academic travel to a country under US Department of State travel warning.

The committee also works with the Office of Study Abroad in case of any emergency abroad.

The committee has representation from the following Offices: Office of Study Abroad: Office of Faculty and Global Affairs;  Office of the General Counsel; University Compliance and Integrity; Department of Emergency Management; Office of Analysis, Assessment, and Risk Management; and Office of International Student and Scholar Services.