Safety and Security Resources for travel and study abroad

The following links provide important information and services for faculty, staff and students preparing to travel abroad:

Resources to Prepare Your Travel

State Department Smart Traveler Program
https://step.state.gov/step/

Students Abroad Website @ U.S. State Department (A great resources for students and parents
https://travel.state.gov/content/studentsabroad/en.html

  • Travel document information: passports, visas, registering with the U.S. Embassy
  • Health information specific to your country
  • Emergency information: what to do, where to go, whom to contact
  • Embassy information
  • Traveling smart: insurance, local laws, drinking & drugs
  • News and alerts

U.S. Government Information Links

State Department Travel Alerts and Warnings
https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/alertswarnings.htmlState Department 

Country Information Reports
https://travel.state.gov//content/travel/en.html

Listing of US Embassies and Consulates 
http://www.usembassy.gov/

Passport Application Information
https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/passports.html

Global Disaster Alert Coordination System (United Nations/European Union Site)
http://www.gdacs.org/

Evacuation Protocol

In the event of circumstances in a foreign country that may threaten the safety of American citizens, the University follows the State Department guidelines that outline emergency procedures.

  1. All W&L Spring Term Abroad students have been registered with the appropriate embassy or consulate in the country where they are studying.

  2. In the event of an emergency, Program Directors are instructed to immediately contact the embassy or consulate and to follow instructions.

  3. Program Directors will maintain communication with the University which will then provide information to all interested parties.

For individual cases of student evacuation owing to injury or illness, all students are enrolled in the University medical insurance plan (supplemental) that covers costs for medical evacuation as well as political evacuation. Students will receive a copy of their insurance certificate prior to departure.