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Safety and Security for Program Development

A critical component of international program development is assessing the safety and security of the destination and preparing for incidents that could occur during the program. The Non-Credit Experience Abroad (NCEA) Approval Form and Intensive Course Abroad or Study Abroad Proposal form both require information about health, safety and security considerations to assist in the development process. The Director of Global Safety and Operations can provide additional information and support as needed. 

In developing a program, some key areas to examine are:

  • Safety of Transportation and Housing
  • In-Country Communication
  • Medical Care Available and Known Health Risks
  • Current Political Climate
  • Other Potential Risks such as Natural Disaster, High Incidence of Crime, History of Terrorism

Travel to Destinations with a State Department Travel Advisory/High Risk Rating

Any student or student group that desires to participate in a Drexel-affiliated international travel activity to a country that currently has a State Department Travel Advisory of 3 or higher or a Risk Rating of 4 or higher (On Call International Risk Rating), must seek approval through the Travel Risk Review (TRR) Committee. TRR has representation from Risk Management, General Counsel, Academic Affairs, Education Abroad, Steinbright and Student Affairs. Additional representation or expertise may be sought by the committee according to the nature of the request.

The request for permission to travel should include:

  1. A signed Addendum to the Terms and Conditions of Participation that acknowledges the additional risk of the travel destination (provided by OGE)
  2. A written justification of the importance/value of this particular location to the objectives of the student's academic experience at Drexel
  3. A proposed safety plan to ensure the well-being of the participants
  4. A Security Review of the Location (template provided by OGE)


The TRR reviews the request to travel and makes a recommendation to the Vice Provost for Global Engagement who presents the information for a decision to the Provost.

The University International Travel Policy for Students is available for review.

Please contact the Director of Global Safety and Operations to submit travel for review to the Travel Risk Review Committee.