Health and Safety Abroad

Issues of health and safety are as important abroad as they are at home. Students can do many things to keep themselves safe as outlined in the sections: Safety Guidelines and Personal Security. It is also necessary to prepare for dealing with your regular health issues abroad as well as some potentials for health problems related to your new environment. Read the Health Issues section and Health Insurance Information pages for more details.

University of Iowa Study Abroad does not approve student travel to any location for which either the US Department of State (US DOS) or the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has recommended the deferral of non-essential travel. All UI student travelers are asked to carefully consider health, safety and security issues related to their international travel plans prior to departure. US DOS and CDC web pages are two key public resources available to help you understand and assess relative risks abroad. These and additional sources are consulted when study abroad program proposals are considered for administration by UI Study Abroad. For additional help assessing health, safety and security risks specific to your international  travel plans, you may contact Study Abroad Associate Director Autumn Tallman 

US Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs

CDC Travelers' Health