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Health and Safety While Studying Abroad

Rice University places the highest priority on the health, safety and security of all students - here on the Rice campus and while abroad. While no organization or institution can guarantee the safety of participants while abroad, just as safety cannot be guaranteed in the United States, the risks can be significantly reduced if students, program administrators, parents, and advisors at the host and home institutions all work together. Rice Study Abroad is committed to maximizing student health and safety by providing information and support to best minimize risk while abroad.

Your health and safety during your study abroad experience will depend in large part on the choices you make and precautions that you take prior to, during, and following your time overseas. Preparation and personal responsibility are key to a healthy, safe and successful stay abroad. We offer the following recommendations for your time abroad:

  • Review the entirety of this Health & Safety section on our website, paying special attention to the Student Responsibilities, as well as the information provided at your pre-departure orientation.
  • Pay attention to location-specific information provided by your program or host institution upon arrival and throughout the duration of the program. 
  • Continue to consult the U.S. State Department and the Centers for Disease Control for detailed information, travel precautions, and immunization recommendations for the country where you are studying as well as any countries you may be visiting while abroad.
  • Adjust your behavior for the new situations you will be experiencing and take precautions to protect your health and safety.