NAIS and United Educators Study Abroad Risk Survey and Summit Report

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Recently updated survey data provides insights into independent schools' international travel practices and risk management.

In 2013, the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) and United Educators (UE) deployed an initial survey and hosted a summit where school leaders discussed lessons learned about international travel and suggested practices. This report includes an analysis of updated data and coverage of the 2013 summit.

Key survey findings from the last survey include:

  • The top five international travel destinations are France, China, Spain, Italy, and Costa Rica. 
  • Most respondents (58%) report fewer than 50 students participate in a study abroad program each year.
  • Almost every school (96%) requires parents of student participants to sign releases or waivers of liability.
  • About 80% of respondents require students to sign an assumption of risk form.
  • Most respondents (81%) have a formal approval process for proposed study abroad programs.
  • Only 65% of respondents percent have a formal process to approve or select trip leaders; of these respondents, most (89%) use background checks for trip leaders.
  • Nearly all respondents (93%) hold mandatory pre-departure orientation for student participants, their parents, and trip leaders.

Insights from the summit include:

  • Centralized oversight is the best approach to global programming, either through an individual or a team.
  • Determining which students are mature enough for a particular trip is an important risk management tool.
  • Most attendees require students to participate in orientation programs and sign an agreement to comply with a code of conduct.

Download the report for more survey data and risk management suggestions.


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