Health and Safety

The health and safety of every Auburn University student are important concerns.

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, Auburn University administrators, and other experts who are well-informed on issues related to the region in question.

Auburn will not send students to any country for which a U.S. Department of State travel warning has been issued unless approved in conjunction with the Auburn Risk Assessment Committee. This includes study abroad programs led by Auburn faculty members. Auburn also reserves the right to cancel any program when we believe the security of Auburn students may be threatened.

All students enrolled in an Auburn Abroad placeholder course will also be enrolled in the mandatory Auburn University International Emergency Travel Self Insurance Plan, provided through International Travel Emergency Assistance Services (from United Healthcare Global, formerly MEDEX). The 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 abroad 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.


Be Prepared

Before departure, students are responsible for:

  • 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 their date of departure. The AU Medical Clinic provides vaccinations and medications recommended by the CDC.
  • Attending Auburn Abroad Pre-Departure Sessions to learn what will be expected of them when they reach their destination.
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Last Updated: March 24, 2016