Health, Safety & Security-Study Abroad - Carnegie Mellon University

Health, Safety & Security

Carnegie Mellon has made a commitment to ensuring that all students receive and go abroad with a standard set of information about health and safety.  Required pre-departure orientations are designed to provide all of our students with a common set of tools and advice for what to do to remain safe and healthy while overseas.

Parents can support students by encouraging safe behavior and recommending that their sons and daughters follow the advice of the Carnegie Mellon study abroad advisors, the overseas host program or university, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention , and US Department of State.  In addition, OIE’s Before You Go and the Study Abroad Handbook (.pdf) will provide families with a good idea of the information that students have received from OIE. 

In study abroad, as in other settings, parents, guardians, and families can play an important role in the health and safety of participants by helping them make decisions and by influencing their behavior overseas.  Parents/guardians/families should:

  • Be informed about and involved in the decision of the participant to enroll in a particular program.
  • Obtain and carefully evaluate participant program materials, as well as related health, safety, and security information.
  • Discuss with the participant any of his/her travel plans and activities that may be independent of the study abroad program.
  • Engage the participant in a thorough discussion of safety and behavior issues, insurance needs, and emergency procedures related to living abroad.
  • Be responsive to requests from the program sponsor for information regarding the participant.
  • Keep in touch with the participant.
  • Be aware that the participant rather than the program may most appropriately provide some information.

We recommend a good article for parents regarding study abroad and safety on the Center for Global Education SAFETI Clearinghouse website called “Advice for Parents:  Frequently Asked Questions”.

As a parent, if you have any questions or concerns either before, during or after your child's study abroad experience, you may discuss your concerns with Chris Menand by calling 412/268-5231.