The University of Iowa

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 international education 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 students going abroad under the auspices of the University of Iowa will be asked to complete an online pre-departure course which covers steps students can take to understand and mitigate risks while planning for a healthy, safe and secure time abroad. 

All UI students are encouraged to carry an "In Case of Emergency"  card while they are abroad. View an electronic version of this card. Additional emergency resources are shared in a mandatory ICON online pre-departure course that students are enrolled in prior to international travel under the auspices of UI.

University of Iowa Study Abroad does not approve student travel to any location for which either U.S. DOS or the CDC advise U.S. citizens not to travel. Additional restrictions on high-risk travel and high-risk activities abroad can be found in the UI Travel Policy for Students.