Health, Safety & Security Abroad

All UI student travelers are asked to carefully consider health, safety and security issues related to their international travel plans prior to departure. The U.S. Department of State (U.S. DOS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are two key public resources available to help travelers understand and assess relative risks abroad. The Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) Crime and Safety Reports also provide destination-specific assessments. These, and additional sources, are consulted when study abroad program proposals are considered for administration by UI Study Abroad. For help assessing health, safety and security risks specific to your international travel plans, you may contact

All UI students are encouraged to carry emergency cards from our office while they are abroad. View an electronic version of this card.

University of Iowa Study Abroad does not approve student travel to any location for which either the U.S. DOS or the CDC has recommended the deferral of non-essential travel.