NC State Study Abroad Best Practices
- Coordinates the Study Abroad Emergency Response Team – available 24 hours a day through the NC State Campus Police, + 1 919.515.3000.
- Monitors U.S. Department of State Travel Advisories regarding the health and safety conditions at all programs in which NC State participants are enrolled.
- Does not permit travel to designated DOS Restricted Travel areas unless a student has petitioned for and received special approval.
- Provides health and safety information to enable participants to make informed decisions concerning study abroad.
- Requires all students and personnel leading programs to carry NC State identified international health insurance, which includes emergency assistance, evacuation, and repatriation.
Site Risk and Safety Assessments
NC State Study Abroad relies on the collaboration of program directors (and identified on-site partners), as experts on the program site, to be closely aware of safety concerns in the program location, to address any safety concerns that may affect the program, and to complete a safety assessment prior to departure. At the same time, if directors have any questions or concerns, the director should discuss those with the Study Abroad Office as further research can be done jointly. Safety assessments are required to aid on-site personnel in planning for student safety and to serve as written documentation of the safety planning that has taken place prior to a program’s departure. The assessment:
- Ensures that NC State Study Abroad and program personnel are informed about risks associated with program location and how to mitigate those risks
- Ensures that each program director has developed a plan to respond to health, safety and security issues if they arise
- Helps NC State Study Abroad to respond to questions from students, parents, or any University officials about program safety
- Addresses any new issues that may have arisen since the previous year’s assessment
- Serves as a written record of any changes made to a program in order to mitigate risks and ensure student safety
- Provides an outline to share site-specific safety information to enable participants to make informed decisions concerning study abroad.
While it would be extremely rare for a program to be canceled or changed substantially, adjustments to onsite arrangements are sometimes necessary or legally required.