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Health and Safety

The Center for Global and Intercultural Study is dedicated to ensuring the wellbeing of all of our students abroad. The information on these pages is intended to serve as a resource to students and parents when preparing to go abroad and while overseas.

Students who tend to their safety and wellness before departing and while abroad are better equipped to reach their academic and personal goals. It is important for you to acknowledge health and safety challenges so that you can make informed decisions and prepare to mitigate these risks.

Program Safety

All CGIS programs undergo an approval process that examines potential health and safety concerns. Though it is impossible to make a location 100% safe or to guarantee traveler safety (even here in the US), this process strives to mitigate potential risk and increase overall student safety. If certain events in a study location are a cause for concern, such as a political uprising/demonstrations or a natural disaster, CGIS coordinates with the International Travel Oversight Committee (ITOC) and local partners to cancel a program, or contact students, monitor safety issues, and determine next steps if students are already abroad.

Health Issues

Students can use the Travel Health Checklist provided by UM Health Services as a travel preparation guide: 

CGIS has a dedicated Health and Safety Advisor who is available to answer any questions and address any concerns that you may have before you depart or while you are abroad. Contact Rachel Reuter, CGIS Health and Safety Advisor, at 734.764.4311 or by email at reuterra@umich.edu.

CGIS very strongly encourages students to self-disclose any physical or mental health concerns that they have, so that we can help them establish a self-care plan for the time they are abroad.