Study Abroad Risk and Safety Assessment
Student safety and well-being are the top priority for UC Davis Study Abroad. UC Davis partners with the UC Office of the President and a number of independent security, health and intelligence organizations to monitor events around the world to assess the risks to students, faculty and staff abroad. This includes active situations as well as potential or evolving threats.
UC Davis also has standing workgroups which include UC Davis Study Abroad, Risk Management, Legal Counsel, Health and Counseling Services, as well as other subject matter experts. These groups review the context of information provided by security and intelligence organizations to determine appropriate contingencies, assess risk exposure, and ensure resources are available to respond appropriately to a particular threat abroad. This enables campus to proactively monitor events around the world and review potential threats to a program before departure. If a situation develops once a program is abroad, UC can mobilize resources to provide immediate support to students, up to and including relocation or evacuation.
UC Davis Global Affairs Risk and Safety Assessment Committees:
UC Davis students may also participate on UC Systemwide Education Abroad Programs (UCEAP) which undergo a similar high-level risk review and provide the same level of support to students abroad.
A Partnership in Safety
Travel to any part of the world, including travel within the United States, poses risk of natural disaster, severe weather, criminal activity, disease, loss, or other injury. Indeed, some of these risks remain even when people do not travel at all.
It is important to understand that safe travel requires travelers to be a partner in risk mitigation and preparation. UC Davis does everything possible to mitigate risk and protect our students, but it is impossible to anticipate or guard against every threat abroad. In some cases, those best equipped to inform or respond to a crisis may be the local emergency organizations, US government agents, and international disaster relief corps abroad. It is important for travelers to be familiar with those services – in addition to what UC Davis can provide – and to consult their resources for guidance.
Some emergencies are not related to global events at all. For an individual, an accident or illness could be a serious emergency as well. Prior to travel it is important for travelers to understand their insurance coverage, how to obtain medical attention, and to understand how their own medical conditions may be affected abroad (pre-existing conditions, availability of prescriptions abroad, etc.) It is also important to maintain a network of emergency contacts who will know, especially on site, when you may be in need of assistance – for example, if you do not show up to a dinner with friends.
With that partnership in mind, the following information details the preparation UC Davis Study Abroad provides for students on our programs.