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 will apply the following guidelines to student travel based on the United States Department of State Travel Advisory levels:
Level 1 – Macalester does not restrict travel to these areas or countries.
Level 2 – Macalester does not restrict travel to these areas or countries.
Level 3 – Travel to these areas or countries requires committee review and approval.
Level 4 – Macalester will not permit student travel to these areas or countries unless it is a country where the student has a home.
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 .