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Health, Safety, and Security Considerations

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 International Experience Approval Form and Study Abroad Proposal form both require information about health, safety and security considerations to assist in the development process.  The Director of International Health, Safety and Security 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 High Risk Rating

Any student or student group that desires to participate in a Drexel-affiliated international travel activity to a location that has a designation of High Risk must seek approval through the Travel Risk Review (TRR) Committee. A designation of High Risk will be given to any locations which currently have a US Department of State Travel Advisory of Level 3 (Reconsider Travel) or Level 4 (Do Not Travel) or locations that currently have a rating of a 4 or 5 (scale of 1-5) by the University's travel security provider. In addition, the University may apply the designation of High Risk to locations that pose a specific health, safety or security concern as indicated by other sources such as the CDC, WHO, individual embassies or consulates or at the discretion of the Director of International Health, Safety and Security.

Requests for program reviews should be made as soon as the travel is known and generally at least three months prior to travel. The TRR meets every other month to review proposals. TRR has representation from Risk Management, General Counsel, Study Abroad, Steinbright Career Development Center, Academic Affairs and Student Life.

The request for permission to travel must include:

  1. A signed Addendum to the Terms and Conditions of Participation that acknowledges the additional risk of the travel destination (provided by OIP)
  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 OIP)


The TRR reviews the request to travel and makes a recommendation for a decision to the Provost. 

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

Please contact the Director of International Health, Safety and Security  to submit travel for review to the Travel Warning Review Committee. 

Program Leader Guide

Faculty and staff who are leading international programs should refer to the following safety guide during the preparation process