The health and safety of study away students is of primary concern to Macalester College. At the Center for Study Away, our approach to student health and safety blends preparation, support, and response. This focus is carried throughout the study away cycle: program review, student advising, pre-departure orientation, and student support during study away and upon return to campus.
Macalester College endorses the recommendations of the Forum on Education Abroad’s Standards of Good Practice and the recommendations of the NAFSA Health and Safety Task Force.
Macalester College does not allow students to study away in countries or specific areas within countries for which a U.S. State Department Travel Warning has been issued. This applies to both Approved Programs and Non-Approved Programs. Additionally, Macalester College reserves the right to not approve a student’s study away plans solely based on safety and security concerns, regardless of whether or not a program’s location is currently under U.S. State Department Travel Warning. This policy extends to any areas and countries students travel to during their study away semester.
You will learn more about safety during study away during pre-departure orientation. Plan to exercise greater caution about personal safety and property safety than you would at home. You should know the location of the nearest police stations, fire stations, and hospitals. More information on traveling safely is available from the U.S. Department of State and SAFETI’s Personal Safety and Awareness Workbook.
You should register with the embassy or consulate of your country of citizenship. If you are a U.S. citizen, you can enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) through the U.S. Department of State.
To comply with 2014 Minnesota Session Laws Chapter 312, the Center for Study Away reports information on study abroad student participation, hospitalizations, and deaths that occur during study away to the state of Minnesota. Information on the 2014-2015 academic year is available at the Minnesota Office of Higher Education Study Abroad Health and Safety website. Their office also provides Study Abroad Health and Safety Resources for Students and Parents .