Health, Safety, & Security

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Risks Vs. Rewards Of Studying And Traveling Abroad

Study abroad is essential for everyone seeking to become more knowledgeable of our world and how we live together on one planet. Everyone’s tolerance for risk differs, and it is important for students to have a serious discussion with loved ones about what risks and uncertainties they are willing to assume.

Given the value that CIEE places on the study abroad experience—it is our mission, after all—we are willing to offer programs throughout the world, confident that we are helping the world become a better, safer place. We believe that through exposure to other societies, cultures and ideas our students can in fact, “change the world.”

Our Support

When incidents and events do happen, we anticipate that some of our participants may struggle in the aftermath. We are prepared to help all of our students come to terms with the situation and determine their next steps. Should any participant wish to discuss returning home early, our staff stands ready to work with them, compassionately and respectfully, to help chart a path forward that includes full understanding of any academic and/or financial consequences. We will advocate, to the best of our abilities, with local universities, but we do not control the academic policies of host country universities. We can also help students explore alternative methods of securing academic credit, should that be possible. Of course, we will also continue to support in every way possible those participants who wish to continue their studies abroad.

Health and Safety Alerts

Active safety and security announcements will be posted here.

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Latest announcements

  • Mon, 06/18/2018

    CIEE SECURITY ALERT - JAPAN

    According to a statement from the Japan Meteorological Agency, an earthquake of magnitude 5.9 has struck the region of Kansai. The earthquake occurred at 0800 hours local time (2300 UTC), roughly 2km (1.2mi) from the town of Takatsuki, in the Osaka Prefecture (roughly 250 miles south of Tokyo). A number of injuries have been confirmed, with unconfirmed reports suggesting that the earthquake has caused at least one fatality. Local train services and bullet trains have been halted in the area, while some areas of Osaka are reportedly experiencing power shortages. No tsunami warning has been issued.

    All CIEE participants in Japan are confirmed to be safe. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call us at 1-800-40-STUDY.

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24/7 Emergency Support

Our offices in Portland are open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET, but  we can be reached 24/7 at 1-800-40-STUDY (1-800-407-8839)