Each year, more than a quarter million college students participate in academic study abroad programs. The organization and oversight of these programs is an immense undertaking with many risks for campuses.
United Educators recently reviewed 10 years of study abroad higher education claims. The health, safety, security, and risk management of international travelers should be a concern across campus and not only in the study abroad office. Although study abroad is the primary focus of this piece, the recommendations delivered here are applicable to any institution-sponsored foreign travel program, such as: noncredit-bearing student academic travel; intercollegiate athletic competitions; faculty, staff, and administrative travel; arts performances; and registered student organization travel.