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.”

2019 Health, Safety, and Security Report

To contextualize actual risk to CIEE’s overseas participants, the HSS team annually performs a comprehensive analysis of the incidents reported to us. The 2019 Health, Safety, and Security Report examines the incidents reported to us during calendar year 2018, and provides comparisons to the past three years of the risks, incidents, and trends for our 44000+ participants in our overseas programs.

The better we understand the environment, the better able we are to design specific and targeted interventions and mitigation strategies to improve both student safety and our support response.

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

  • Sun, 06/16/2019

    CIEE Security Alert – Argentina, Chile, Brazil

    According to a notice from the Edesur power company on Sunday, 16 June, a failure in the electrical interconnection system has caused large outages across Argentina and Uruguay. It is indicated that Buenos Aires as well as Santa Fe, San Luis, Formosa, La Rioja, Chubut, Cordoba and Mendoza...

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  • Sun, 06/16/2019

    CIEE Security Alert – Argentina, Chile, Brazil (UPDATE)

    According to local media reports on Sunday, 16 June, authorities have announced that power supplies are being normalized following power outages across Argentina and Uruguay. On social media both the largest supplier of electricity in Argentina, Edenor, and the power company Edesur, have stated...

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  • Wed, 06/12/2019

    CIEE Security Alert – Hong Kong

    According to emerging media reports, anti-government demonstrations against extradition laws have been met with a heavy-handed response by hundreds of armed riot police. Video and photo imagery shows police firing rubber bullets and tear gas to disperse the tens of thousands of protesters that...

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