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

  • Thu, 09/20/2018

    CIEE Security Alert - Tanzania

    According to emerging media reports on Thursday, 20 September, the MV Nyerere ferry has capsized while transporting passengers between Bugorara and Ukala islands in Lake Victoria, Tanzania. Officials are currently responding to the incident, but fear that scores of passengers may have died....

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