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Study Abroad Health and Safety

Health and Safety

Our responsibility

The OSA takes safety and health very seriously. We are constantly working on procedures that will help us mitigate, respond and react to any health and safety emergency situations. For example, we will not allow a student to go on a study abroad program to a country where there is a travel warning issued by the U.S. Department of State. Our goal is to make your experience as safe as possible and be prepared for unexpected situations.

Although every effort will be taken to ensure students' safety while abroad, WTAMU and the OSA cannot plan or take responsibility for circumstances beyond its control. Ultimately, it is the student's responsibility to ensure their own personal safety and make choices that will not put themselves in danger while they are abroad.

Pre-Departure Orientation
All students participating in an OSA approved study abroad program (faculty-led, reciprocal, through providers, individual study) must attend a pre-departure orientation prior to their departure. The OSA will inform students of the date and time of these pre-departure orientations. If for any reason the student does not attend a pre-departure orientation, they will not be eligible to participate in the study abroad program.

Some of the topics in the pre-departure orientation include, but are not limited to:

  • General recommendations
  • Documents
  • Insurance
  • Travel regulations
  • Packing
  • Money
  • Flight, arrival and jet lag
  • Culture shock
  • Academic responsibility
  • Phone calls
  • Health and safety
  • In case of an emergency
  • Standards of conduct

If you would like to look into safety and health information on your own, please refer to the websites listed below:

Emergency and Liability Forms
All students participating in an OSA approved study abroad program must review the Terms of Participation which outlines students responsibility while participating in a study abroad program, and includes an acceptance form, FERPA Waiver, Waiver of Liability Form (with listed witness), Medical Consent & Emergency Contact Form, and Verification of Insurance. This is completed prior to studying abroad. Students will not be eligible to study abroad if these forms have not been completed and returned to the OSA prior to departure. To access emergency and liability forms, please go to the Forms page.

All students studying abroad are required to have health and medical insurance for the duration of their time abroad. Most affiliated program providers will offer health insurance in their program fees; the OSA and Risk Management will review the coverage offered by the provider to determine if the policy meets our minimum standards of coverage.

All WTAMU students on faculty-led study abroad programs are required to have Health and Travel Insurance through Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI). For information on coverage please see the brochure at CISI or contact the OSA.

Emergency Situations
Students and faculty should contact the OSA with emergencies at +1 806.651.5309 during office hours. The OSA will work with students, whether it be an evacuation, medical assistance, or any other type of emergency. If it is after hours, please contact the University Police Department at +1 806.651.2300.

Students on faculty-led study abroad must contact CISI directly at the numbers below:
Calling toll-free from within the US: 855.327.1411
Calling from outside of the US, collect calls accepted: 312.935.1703.