We work to ensure students, faculty and staff who travel abroad in an official DU capacity have the knowledge, preparation and support necessary to manage risk and travel safely. International travel is best undertaken by well-informed travelers. While international travel offers many opportunities, it also exposes travelers at any experience level to risk. We want University travelers to benefit from international experiences, but we also want to help keep our travelers safe.
With that in mind, we provide information and resources to help ensure travelers are well-informed, encourage behaviors that minimize risk, and help travelers navigate University requirements.
How We Mitigate Risk
DU takes all reasonable steps to help students, faculty and staff stay safe during university-sponsored international travel. By proactively providing travelers with information and resources regarding potential risks, we can educate and prepare travelers to make good decisions regarding their own well-being while abroad. These are some of the ways we promote and preserve the health and safety of our travelers:
- Our full-time International Travel Risk Analyst monitors world events through a variety of means:
- U.S. Department of State's Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC)
- U.S. Department of State's Travel Advisories and Alerts
- International SOS Notices and Advisories
- Pulse – Group for International Risk Managers
- Centers for Disease Control
- World Health Organization
- Other Countries Governmental Travel Advice
- Reputable News Sources
- Offering a free and comprehensive travel medical insurance plan for all DU travelers so they rarely see a bill for any illness or injury while abroad
- Reaching out to travelers, when appropriate, to either share relevant health, safety, or security information or check-in
- Partnering with International SOS, a medical and travel assistance provider, who facilitates pre-departure travel consultations, coordinates insurance benefits, sends email alerts regarding in-country issues, delivers 24/7 emergency response assistance and provides evacuation and repatriation services for all travelers
- Offering free and virtual mental health support via International SOS.
- Providing preparatory measures including information and resources in DU Passport and on our website
- Requiring all travelers to register with DU Passport or Pioneer Travel and Expense, which allows us to track travelers' whereabouts
- Asking travelers to consult with a physician before departure to discuss health and mental health concerns; DU's Health & Counseling Center can provide these services for student travelers
- Encouraging travelers to enroll in the U.S. Department of State's Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive important information from the local embassy about safety conditions in the host country
- Collecting emergency contact information should we need to communicate information about an affected traveler to family and friends
- Evaluating on-site support and vetting program options available to travelers
- Providing health and safety resources and training for leaders taking group programs abroad
- Creating crisis management protocols in partnership with the Office of Internationalization along with the International Travel Committee.
We're committed to supporting the health, safety and security of travelers on short-term international programs. We work with program leaders to mitigate associated risks and provide them with the resources necessary to abide by University international travel procedures and adhere to the international program approval process.Learn More