Health & Safety

Education Abroad’s highest priority is to ensure the health and safety of our students, staff, and faculty abroad. Although we exist to educate and empower our students through intercultural programming, we strive foremost for the well-being of our student population in every respect.

Alcohol

UConn does not permit the use, possession, or distribution of alcohol during any University-sponsored Education Abroad program time, and alcohol is not a reimbursable expense for any program participants, including program leaders. Participants should also inform themselves and abide by the host country’s laws and customs related to alcohol consumption.

CISI Insurance

UConn requires that all participants in programs abroad have adequate international health and security insurance coverage. For all programs, UConn will enroll travelers, free of charge, in UConn’s Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI), a leading provider of international health insurance, security services, and worldwide support. This plan does not replace health insurance that program participants may already have. It supplements domestic plans to cover healthcare-related and security expenses that may arise while traveling outside the United States.

Medications and Prescriptions

If you take prescription medication, you should research whether it is available in your host country and bring a copy of the prescription for the generic name of the drug. In some cases, you will need to take only an initial supply of the medication; in others, you will want to take a supply that will last your entire stay. Students must make sure all medications are in their carry-on luggage.

If you regularly uses any over-the-counter medications, you may want to take an initial supply or one for the duration of your program. For customs purposes, students must take all medicines in their original containers. You may find more medication information through Counseling and Mental Health Services.

Title IX

The University of Connecticut is committed to creating and maintaining a campus environment free from all forms of sexual harassment, sexual violence, relationship violence, and stalking. As a University, we are committed to ensuring compliance with Title IX, a federal law that prohibits discrimination based on the sex and gender of employees and students.  UConn’s Title IX website includes more information and support to anyone impacted by sexual harassment, sexual violence, relationship violence, and/or stalking.

UConn students abroad who experience any forms of sexual harassment, sexual violence, relationship violence, or stalking can receive support and resources from UConn. Your Title IX rights travel with you.

Get Help or File a Report

If you or someone you know has been a victim of sexual harassment, sexual violence, relationship violence, and/or stalking while on a program abroad, report directly to UConn Office of Institutional Equity.

It is important for victim-survivors to know that resources can offer assistance even if you do not file a report or press charges. This includes help with medical and counseling services, academic and housing support, referrals to legal and confidential advocacy organizations, and assistance with working, visa and immigration, transportation, financial aid matters and more.  Confidential advocacy resources in the United States offer free, confidential support, and Education Abroad can help to connect you with support resources abroad in your host country.

For faculty and staff traveling abroad with students, the What to do when a student reports sexual violence, relationship violence and/or stalking.pdf document outlines the process and provides resources for assisting students and fulfilling the University’s reporting requirements for employees.

For more information regarding sexual harassment, sexual violence, relationship violence, and stalking, please visit http://titleix.uconn.edu/.