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Health & Safety Alerts

The Center for Global and Intercultural Study (CGIS) is dedicated to ensuring the wellbeing of all of our students abroad. This page is meant to update you as certain situations arise in a particular city or country where we currently have students participating in a CGIS program.

CGIS has a dedicated Health and Safety Advisor who is available to answer any questions and address any concerns that you may have. Contact Rachel Reuter, CGIS Health and Safety Advisor, at 734.764.4311 or by email at

Friday, June 8, 2018 — GCC Brazil

A short while ago, there was a security incident involving a shooting near the Universidade Federal do Estado do Rio de Janeiro (UniRio). The GCC Brazil group was at the University watching a play when they were asked to stay indoors for their safety out of an abundance of caution. After attending a previously scheduled theater class, the ‘all-clear’ was given and the GCC Brazil group returned to the hostel in Ipanema. All members of the GCC Brazil program are safe and sound and have debriefed the incident as a group.

Professor Lucas will work with on-site contacts familiar with the city to monitor the situation while CGIS continues to do the same from Ann Arbor. Updates will be provided on this page as is warranted. Questions may be addressed to Health & Safety Advisor, Rachel Reuter, at or (734) 764-4311.

Previous Alerts

Thursday, May 10, 2018 — GCC Israel & Palestine

Early on the morning of May 10 (local time), approximately 20 rockets were launched by Iranian forces stationed in Syria into the Golan Heights. Israel returned fire by launching air strikes against the Iranian military infrastructure in Syria. At this time, no injuries have been reported in the Golan Heights, but several have been confirmed near Damascus.

CGIS has maintained constant contact with the GCC Israel/Palestine group throughout the last 24 hours, and will continue to do so. Everyone on the CGIS program is accounted for, and is in good health. The group will leave their home base of Sakhnin on Friday morning for a weekend trip to Haifa, and during that time CGIS and the University of Michigan will continue to monitor the situation. 

CGIS will continue to provide updates on this page as warranted. Questions may be addressed to CGIS Health & Safety Advisor Rachel Reuter at, or (734) 764-4311.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018 — GCC Israel & Palestine

On Tuesday, May 8th, the United States ended its participation in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (informally known as the “Iran Nuclear Deal”) and reinstituted sanctions on Iran that had previously been lifted. Shortly after the announcement, as a precautionary measure, the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) put their military on high alert. 

The CGIS Israel/Palestine GCC program arrived in Sakhnin, Israel, yesterday afternoon, and met their homestay families; they have their first full day of classes today at Sakhnin College. CGIS remains in contact with the on-site program director, who is providing frequent updates/reports. 

Additionally, the Health & Safety team at CGIS is monitoring the situation in the Middle East closely, along with our colleagues from UM’s International Travel Oversight Committee and our insurance provider, Drum-Cussac. We will continue to provide updates on this page as warranted. Questions may be addressed to CGIS Health & Safety Advisor Rachel Reuter at, or (734) 764-4311.