Is it safe to study abroad?
We believe that participants in the overseas academic programs administered by Brockport’s Office of International Education are very safe. This safety is a direct result of:
Our experience administering study abroad programs.
The dedication of our resident directors and/or program representatives.
The choice of locations where we place our study abroad programs.
What happens if I get sick while I am overseas?
During on-site orientation sessions, our resident directors and/or program representatives provide program participants with information about the health facilities — physicians, clinics, hospitals, etc., that are available to them at the program site. In most cases, it is the health service at the host university that is the clinic of choice. Resident directors also will identify a “recommended” hospital based on the quality of its facilities, services and proximity to the areas where students live and/or to the university or classroom facility, and its experience in providing services to American students. All participants in Brockport’s study abroad programs are enrolled in a mandatory health insurance policy that covers the cost of medical treatments for illness or accidents while they are abroad.
For more information about issues on health and safety in studying abroad, please consult the Web sites of the US Department of State
and the Center for Disease Control
Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)
Participants should enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) with the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs.What is the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)?
• The Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) is a free service provided by the U.S. Government to U.S. citizens who are traveling to, or living in, a foreign country.
• STEP allows you to enter information about your upcoming trip abroad so that the Department of State can better assist you in an emergency.
• STEP also allows Americans residing abroad to get routine information from the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.
Enrollment in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program makes your presence and whereabouts known, in case it is necessary for a consular officer to contact you in an emergency. During a disaster overseas, American consular officers can assist in evacuation were that to become necessary.