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Short-term international programs (STPs) are overseas study programs that last less than one semester. Because they often lack the benefit of the infrastructures and support systems common to longer-term study abroad programs, STPs raise a wide variety of risks for the educational institutions who sponsor and the individuals who lead them. This checklist helps program leaders identify potential issues and consider any further actions they may need to take. Should an emergency occur on a trip, this can also double as a helpful guide to getting through it.  

Covered topics include:

  • Safety considerations to make before, after, and during the trip
  • Travel during the program
  • Participant selection
  • Coordinating with the home campus
  • Understanding institutional policies and procedures
  • Orientations for participants—both pre-trip and onsite
  • Explanations and waivers of liability
  • Dealing with potential safety and/or disciplinary problems  

Although not all checklist items will apply to every STP, they can be adapted to suit the needs of most program leaders. If a program leader is unsure whether an item in the checklist falls within his or her individual responsibility, he or she should take steps to confirm that someone at the institution has addressed the issue.

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