Health and Safety

On-Campus Resources


Safety Abroad

Student safety while abroad is of primary importance to Study Abroad and Away. We continuously monitors our program locations to ensure they are safe for our students. We continue to provide support and guidance to students while they are abroad, and all of our faculty program leaders for FLP's receive extensive safety and security training. In addition, our office is available 24/7 while you are abroad in case of emergency. You can find more detailed information on countries around the world on the U.S. State Department's website.

Smart Travel Enrollment Program (STEP)

The Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) is a free service from the U.S. Department of State to allow U.S. citizens and nationals traveling abroad to enroll their time abroad with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate. By registering, the U.S. Embassy will know how to reach you in the event of an emergency (natural disaster, civil unrest, etc.) and could assist if an evacuation becomes necessary. STEP is also a resource for family to reach you in the event of an emergency, in case communications are interrupted. Additionally, you will receive important informational emails from the Embassy about safety conditions in your host country. We strongly recommend that every student registers themselves with STEP prior to departure.


In an Emergency

Depending on the nature of the emergency, immediately contact the proper authorities in order of importance:

  1. In-country emergency medical, police, or consular services
  2. In-country program management staff. This can include your host institution's emergency contact or faculty leader.
  3. SJSU Study Abroad and Away office. Depending on the type of emergency, SAA may or may not be able to assist from the US. If it is an emergency requiring absolutely essential immediate contact with an SAA staff member outside of SAA hours, contact the University Police Department.
  4. Your family and friends to keep them updated on the situation when necessary.


Health News

Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention 

We encourage all participants to be familiar with the CDC page, especially the page on traveler's health. The CDC provides up-to-date country-specific health information, which will be very helpful in preparation of overseas travel.

SJSU Wellness Center

Our on-campus wellness center provides travel care consultations and services for students to minimize and prevent risks of illness and accidents while abroad. Services include: country-specific travel packet regarding food/water/insect precautions/health and safety, several travel vaccines and/or prescriptions if needed. More information about this service can be found here and we recommend that you call the appointment desk at (408) 924-6122 to inquire about this service.


Health Insurance for Faculty-Led Program/Summer School Abroad Participants

All participants on Faculty-Led Programs/Summer School Abroad programs are enrolled in an international health insurance plan for the dates of their program. The cost of this insurance is included in the total program cost, and covers illnesses, medical emergencies, and medical/security evacuation. Prior to their program, students receive an email from the insurance company with insurance enrollment confirmation, their ID card, and an insurance brochure detailing their benefits.

If a student is planning to travel independently before or after their program, they will need to arrange additional insurance coverage on their own.