Safety and Health
A top priority of AU Abroad is the Safety and Health of our students. We perform regular risk-assessment reviews of every program we administer and have processes in place to help ensure our students can stay safe and well when they study abroad. Below are links to important detailed information:
Before students leave the US, AU Abroad requires them to complete a safety orientation. Once on site, students receive a more detailed orientation from local professionals. During the on-site sessions students are provided 24-hour emergency contact numbers and informed of emergency procedures. When students travel independently, we ask they keep on-site staff aware of their plans. Planned field trips or other activities may be cancelled when necessary to ensure student safety. AU Abroad also provides students with AlertTraveler, a mobile application that utilizes GPS and a student's study abroad program itinerary to provide them with safety and security alerts, as well as country and city intelligence and to help them make informed decisions while traveling.
Ultimately the decision to study abroad is one which must be made by students and their families. Even with the care which our staff give to students’ safety, and even if students carefully follow the guidelines here, we cannot guarantee a completely safe environment just as no one can guarantee it here in the United States. Nor can we force students to follow these guidelines when they are on their own. We urge them, however, to pay attention to these guidelines, and to exercise the same caution as they would in the United States.