Health + Safety

Quinnipiac University considers your health and safety while you study abroad as a top priority.

Obviously, there are risks involved in any type of travel and it is important for you to prepare for both known and unknown circumstances. While no university, program provider or host institution can guarantee your safety, the risks can be significantly reduced by providing you with the information and resources that will help you become aware of potential threats and encourage you to make good decisions.

The goal of providing this health and safety information is for you to learn to manage and to reduce your risk to the greatest extent possible while studying and traveling overseas. The excitement of travel and the newness of the environment may make it easy to become careless or distracted, but ultimately, you are responsible for your own personal safety. These guidelines will provide you with the information and knowledge to remain vigilant and to consider your health and safety as a top priority while studying abroad.

The OMGE believes that all students are primarily responsible for their own health and safety through the decisions they make before and during their time abroad. As such, participants on international programs need to:

  • Read all materials issued or recommended by the OMGE, program providers, host universities and faculty program coordinators that relate to safety, health, legal, environmental, political, cultural and religious conditions in your host countries prior to departure.
  • Consider your personal, emotional, physical and mental health and safety needs when accepting a place in a program.
  • Provide your accurate physical and mental health information to the OMGE, program provider or host university along with any other personal data that is necessary in planning for a safe and healthy overseas study experience.
  • Assume responsibility for your personal preparation for the program and participate fully in orientations. Use the online resources provided to conduct additional pre-departure research on your host country.
  • Thoroughly review your health insurance policies that QU will enroll you into, and abide by any conditions outlined in these policies.
  • Inform your parents, guardians and any others who may need to know about participation in the international program. Provide them with emergency contact information and keep them informed on an ongoing basis.
  • Learn the culture and laws of your host country of study. Comply with local codes of conduct and obey host country laws.
  • Remember that Americans are not immune to local laws in the host country. The U.S. Embassy does not have the authority to shield your from the consequences of breaking the host-country's laws.
  • Be aware of local conditions when making daily choices and decisions. Promptly express any health or safety concerns to the program staff or other appropriate individuals.
  • Inform the faculty program coordinator, resident director, program provider, host university and/or host family (if applicable) when traveling independently while abroad and provide these parties with your emergency contact information.

Quinnipiac University and the Office of Multicultural and Global Education cannot guarantee or assure the safety of participants or eliminate all risks.

  • Cannot monitor or control all the daily personal decisions, choices and activities of individual participants.
  • Cannot prevent participants from engaging in illegal, dangerous or unwise activities.
  • Cannot assure that U.S. standards of due process apply in overseas legal proceedings or provide or pay for legal representation for participants.
  • Cannot assume responsibility for the actions of persons not employed or otherwise engaged by Quinnipiac University for events that are not part of the program or that are beyond QU's and its subcontractors' control, or for situations that may arise due to failure of a participant to disclose pertinent information.
  • Cannot assure that U.S. cultural values and norms will apply in the host country.
  • Cannot assure that participants will be free of illness or injury during the program.
  • Cannot assume responsibility for acts and events that are beyond our control or ensure local adherence to U.S. norms of due process.

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