Health & Safety Questions

Few countries have as much street crime and the potential for stranger-upon-stranger violence as the U.S. Even U.S. campuses have their share of robberies, assaults, and crime. Actually, many students return from living abroad saying they never felt safer. However, one always needs to be prepared even in places with very little risk. Program directors work with local police, U.S. consular personnel, and local University officials to set up practical security measures. Students will be briefed during orientations and throughout their stay as needed about security measures. Simply being a foreigner makes any traveler a more likely victim of crime or accidents, but there are certain precautions that American students abroad can take to maximize their safety and minimize their risks. Speak with a study abroad advisor or a program director if you have specific concerns.

Depending upon your program, you may live in your own apartment, in a residence hall at a foreign university, in a hotel or hostel, or with a local family in a homestay.

The vast majority of our students have a great experience, free of serious problems abroad. However, the possibility for issues arising is always there. UConn Education Abroad has protocols in place to support all of our students all over the world. Typically, your first point of contact for an issue will be your program leader or Resident Director. However, the UConn Police Department and staff at the Student Abroad Office are trained to respond to incidents abroad and provide students with the support and resources they need.Also, remember that the UConn Student Code of Conduct applies to all students studying abroad. UConn students are expected to positively represent our institution, state, and country around the world. Conduct issues abroad can lead to immediate dismissal from a study abroad program.

UConn Education Abroad has partnered with CISI International Health Insurance to provide international health insurance for all our students. In most cases, CISI Insurance is an included cost in your study abroad program. It is important to note that this insurance supplements your existing health coverage to provide additional protections while outside the U.S. It does not replace your existing insurance.