Health and Safety
Health and Safety

Auburn University's Office of International Programs carefully reviews all travel alerts issued by the U.S. Department of State for specific regions or countries where security issues are a concern. Decisions about sending or withdrawing students from areas with travel alerts will be made in the context of current world situations and after consulting with responsible officials of foreign host universities, overseas providers, the U.S. Department of State, AU administrators, and other experts who are well-informed on issues related to the region in question. Auburn University also reserves the right to cancel any program when we believe the security of AU students may be threatened.

Programs in Countries with Travel Warnings

Auburn University will not send students to any country for which a U.S. Department of State Travel Warning has been issued unless approved by the AU Risk Assessment Committee.

Students interested in studying abroad in any country with a Travel Warning (including pre-approved programs) must submit a Request for Waiver of the Auburn University Travel Warning Policy. Please contact Auburn Abroad for further details.

Pre-Approved Programs in Countries with Travel Warnings

The following programs in countries with travel warnings have been pre-approved by the AU Risk Assessment Committee for student consideration.

  • Israel:
    • Ben Gurion University of the Negev - Entrepreneurship and Innovation Track – Spring Break ( * )
    • Ben Gurion University of the Negev - Global Health Summer Program
  • Kenya:
    • Rutgers - Kenya Programs – Specific anthropological research program

( * )These are direct enroll programs – AU approved students will bring back transfer credit.

Insurance Coverage

All students enrolled in Auburn Abroad will also be enrolled in the mandatory Auburn University International Insurance. This plan provides students with medical and security evacuation, 24/7 assistance, 24/7 referrals to medical and legal services, financial guarantees for hospital admission and discharge, and major medical benefits abroad. This insurance plan is accepted by hospitals abroad where many domestic insurance plans are not. Detailed coverage information can be found in each student's online application.

Student Preparation

Students are responsible for the following before departure:

  • Researching their program location to increase awareness about the area in which they will be living and the situations in which they may find themselves.
  • Completing all preparation for international travel including vaccinations, medication, travel registration, documentation, and communication well in advance of the date of departure. The AU Medical Clinic provides vaccinations and medications recommended by the CDC.
  • Attending an Auburn Abroad Pre-Departure Orientation to learn what will be expected of them when they reach their destination. Refer to the Pre-Departure Resources section of our website.
Last Updated: June 11, 2017