The health and safety of study abroad students is of primary concern for IWU and for the program providers with which we work.  We each take great care to ensure that you are not placed in dangerous or potentially dangerous situations; that you receive adequate pre-departure and on-site orientations to prepare you for the challenges and equip you with information to help you acculturate and succeed; and that strong support mechanisms are in place to help you in case there is an emergency.

However, it is your duty as a study abroad participant to take responsibility for your own health and safety.  You need to take care of yourself physically and mentally, and to act responsibly -- to consider your actions and the impact they may have on yourself, on other participants, and on the program as a whole. 

With that in mind, read the pages on medical & health information (including information on insurance) and explore ways in which you can take responsibility for your personal safety.


information in the following pages and download and review the NAFSA Health and Safety Guidelines.  You might also wish to read a January 2007 New York Times article on assessing safety abroad.