Health and Safety: Risk Management
Many factors are involved in developing low risk study abroad programs. These include: site selection, pre-departure orientations, program management, current events, and participant behavior. To maximize student safety, at times it may be necessary to cancel programs or move them to a different site. A student may be requested to leave a program site if the risk factors have changed enough that it is determined that the location is unsafe. Program participants are expected to behave according to the norms of the host country and culture, follow the behavior guidelines provided by the host country institution and/or program leader during orientations and during the program, act in a discreet manner, and not draw attention to themselves or their group.
Prior to travel, program participants should inform themselves of annoyances and risks in a specific country by consulting up-to-date travel guides, the U.S. State Department travel warnings and the Centers for Disease Control, and take the recommended precautions.
All travellers on CUNY associated business are also required to comply with the CUNY International Travel Guidelines (pdf).
Travel and Health Insurance
Participants are expected to provide health information to IEGE as part of the post-acceptance process so that the program administrators may collaborate with the participant to maximize the study abroad experience.
CISI travel insurance is required for all students who plan to study, research, participate in competitions and conferences, and any other CUNY related activity abroad either for credit or non credit, whether the student is travelling on his/her own or with a group. Participants should obtain CISI medical and travel insurance for the entire duration of their trip. CUNY CISI insurance is required even though the host institution/country may require its own insurance.
- CISI Insurance Enrollment Instructions for CUNY (pdf)
- CISI 2016–17 Insurance Policy Brochure/Claim Form (pdf)
Participants will be required to complete a Travel Liability Waiver (either standard or for independent travellers) that recognizes the responsibilities of the participants. Please note that any liability waiver must be notarized.
- Standard International Travel Liability Waiver and Emergency Contact Form (pdf)
- Independent Travel Liability Waiver and Emergency Contact Form (pdf)
Travelling to a Country With a U.S. State Department Travel Warning
Travel to a country with a U.S. State Department travel warning requires completion of additional documentation and approval from CUNY. In the additional documentation, participants provide a detailed explanation of the risks, as well as complete an additional liability waiver. This documentation is in addition to that indicated in the section above on Liability Waivers. Review carefully the following two documents and provide the requested information.
- CUNY Qualifying Travel Warning (QTW) Release Agreement (pdf)
- CUNY Travel Warning Waiver Petition (pdf)
Title IX – Sexual Harassment Abroad
Emergencies Abroad: Contact Information
In the event of an international political, social, natural disaster, or serious medical or health issue, program participants who are abroad should first contact their onsite program director. Next, CISI insurance holders (participants; faculty) who are abroad should call:
- AXA Assistance
- From United States: 855.327.1411
- From Abroad (Collect): Dial international dialing code+area code of United States + 312.935.1703
- E-mail: MEDASSIST-USA@AXA-ASSISTANCE.US
- Note: Your Team Assist ID# is 16 GLM N04965310
In case of emergency, participants, parents, and guardians should also call IEGE at Brooklyn College. Note that due to privacy laws, IEGE may only be able to provide limited information.
- International Education & Global Engagement
After Hours: 347.909.0964 (For emergencies only)
- Brooklyn College Campus Security (for international emergencies)
718.951.5511, 5512, or 5513
Campus Security will contact the appropriate Brooklyn College person/office to initiate action.
All information listed above is subject to change at any time.
Page last modified on September 9, 2016.