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Safety in study abroad

Student safety and security is the highest priority for Hollins Abroad and international programs at Hollins. Safety considerations are taken into account in every aspect of program administration.

Hollins Abroad adheres to the "Good Practices for Health and Safety" developed by a distinguished national committee of leaders in the fields of international education and student services. As noted in "Good Practices," no program can guarantee a student's safety on a study abroad program, any more than any university can guarantee a student's safety on the home campus. What we can do, however, is ensure that all reasonable precautions are taken, that experienced, professional staff are available at all times, that contingency plans are in place should a need for them arise, and that students are made aware and regularly reminded of measures they can take to maximize their safety.

The Hollins Abroad office in Virginia automatically receives bulletins and warnings from the U.S. Department of State as they are issued. We also receive e-mail briefings from the Overseas Security Advisory Council. We are in ongoing contact with overseas staff, students, and, if appropriate, parents, if security concerns arise in countries in which we have programs or to which our students might travel. Our program directors meet with officials of local U.S. embassies and with the directors of other U.S. programs in their cities as needed, to assess local safety concerns. Contingency plans are in place and our overseas staff has the experience, expertise and resources to deal with crisis situations, should they arise.

Hollins Abroad provides extensive safety information in pre-departure and on-site orientations, in ongoing meetings with students during the term abroad, and in written materials for students and parents. This information addresses not only the unlikely event of terrorist activity at the study abroad site but also risky student behaviors (being alone in unsafe places, overindulgence in alcohol, trusting strangers, etc.) that are much more common and potentially equally dangerous.

If you have questions or concerns about safety in study abroad, please contact us.

Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
800-511-6612 (Hollins Abroad office)
540-362-6307 (Kirsten McKinney, Director of International Programs)
540-362-6089 (Susie Mason, International Programs Assistant)

Evenings and weekends (emergencies only)
540-362-6419 (Hollins Campus Safety)

If you call Campus Safety, the person answering the phone will take your contact information and relay it to the director of international programs, who will reply to your call promptly.


Health and Safety Resources on the Web

U.S. Department of State Travel Warnings and Consular Information Sheets
Lists travel warnings and bulletins for Americans related to political unrest, natural disaster, or health issues in individual countries or regions.

U.S. Department of State Travel Web Brochures
The Web brochures called "A Safe Trip Abroad," "Tips for Students," and "Your Trip Abroad" provide information on preparations for travel and precautions to take.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Infectious Diseases: Travelers' Health
Includes vaccination recommendations and information on the latest outbreaks of diseases around the world, and provides health information on specific destinations.

Center for Global Education
Features a Study Abroad Safety Handbook which explains how foreign laws apply to American students and provides tips on dealing with cultural differences.