Health & Safety
The safety of the students participating in our study abroad programs is of our utmost concern. Each program is assessed for risk before it is approved to start recruiting participants. We look to make sure that the program does not put our students in harm’s way in any context.
In addition to our own risk assessment, we work to ensure that students are aware of the dangers that present themselves overseas and informed of the risks and preventative measures they can take to ensure their safety abroad. Prior to the student’s departure, we hold mandatory pre-departure sessions that go over the best practices for students while abroad. Additionally, since there are students who are unable to make the session, we have a comprehensive Pre-Departure Guide that provides all of the information covered in great detail. Each student is responsible for reading through the pre-departure guide and signing off on having done so accordingly.
Although we worked to compile a pre-departure guide that best fits our students, there are hundreds of resources that can help you prepare for your students experience abroad. NAFSA, the Association of International Educators, has assembled a list of responsibilities that students should consider before studying overseas. The full report, Responsible Study Abroad: Good Practices for Health and Safety, includes a list of recommendations for parents and guardians to consider.
Health Insurance and Emergency Medical Evacuation
In addition to the safety precautions that we take with students, the UFIC requires that all study abroad students are covered by international health insurance with emergency medical evacuation while abroad. All students who participate in study abroad through UFIC will be covered by Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI) as part of their program fee. Students who participate in selected approved non-UF programs providing adequate coverage will be enrolled in that program’s insurance and not through UFIC. For more information on CISI and our overseas insurance policy, please click here.
In the event of a political, social, or health emergencies or natural disaster, UFIC is in close contact with our on-site staff for all study abroad programs sponsored through UFIC. In an emergency, the on-site staff will locate and maintain contact with all students. UFIC will coordinate with the on-site staff to develop plans based on feedback from local authorities, the US Department of State, NAFSA, our insurance company and the US Consulate or Embassy nearest to the program location. Students are advised to remain in close contact with the on-site staff in any emergency situation. Please contact UFIC whenever you believe there is an urgent/emergency situation of concern.
UF International Center (US) Contact Information:
University of Florida International Center
After Business Hours: 352.392.1111 (University Police Department)