Education Abroad

Safety Planning

You should plan out with your family what you will do in case of possible emergency scenarios:

  • How will you access emergency funds quickly?
    Consider a prepaid card with your bank that you can designate someone to put money onto if needed.
  • What if you are hospitalized?
    Determine who will stay with you if needed. Ask your faculty director what his/her plan is for this situation in case your group is moving locations. Your insurance is HTH Worldwide insurance which has a network of English speaking doctors and you do not have to pay up front if you go to the locations they will help you find.
  • What is your communication plan with your family?
    Determine if you talk once a week, or every other day, etc. Inform your family of changes in that plan so that they do not needlessly worry.

Someone in the family or a close family friend should have a passport in case of an emergency where the Education Abroad student would need family assistance.

Should an emergency (medical, security, safety, etc.) arise while studying abroad, the SCSU Public Safety switchboard is available to receive collect calls 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Staff are trained to accept calls from Education Abroad participants or their families. They will take your information and contact the appropriate individuals as quickly as possible.

Safety & Security Resources

For information regarding student health safety abroad, please visit; for specific information about Minnesota students’ health and safety abroad, visit the following site at the Minnesota Office of Higher Education:

Registering with the US Embassy

The Center for International Studies registers all St. Cloud State Education Abroad participants with the U.S. Embassy or Consulate (in the country you are visiting). Email alerts will be sent to your St. Cloud State email account. During a disaster overseas or a health epidemic, American consular officers can assist in evacuation were that to become necessary.

You will also receive a wallet-sized card in your departure packet at the airport or from your faculty director with the American Embassy number in the country you will be traveling to on the program. Please keep this with you so you have access to assistance in-country if needed.