Health and Safety

The safety of our students abroad is our first and most fundamental priority. We subscribe to the best practices as laid out by NAFSA (National Association of International Educators). We monitor safety conditions using U.S. State Department information along with other reliable sources.

If conditions change and the University cancels a program before its departure, students will receive a full refund. If a program is already underway and must be canceled, the University will arrange for students to return home and issue appropriate refunds. If a program is not canceled and conditions warrant, we will alter itineraries to maximize security. If a student wishes to withdraw from a program that is not canceled by the University, withdrawal must be received in writing at [email protected] the normal policy regarding withdrawals is in effect. As we continue to monitor safety conditions for each of our programs, we'll provide updated information to students.


Eastern Michigan University administration and the Office of Study Abroad and US Travel Programs have extended the travel restriction through the Fall 2021 term. The decision for Winter 2022 travel programs will be made in September. Students are able to apply for listed programs but may need to defer to a future term.

For university policies regarding the coronavirus, please visit the EMU COVID-19 Updates page. 


  • APA Emergency Response Procedure for Students [PDF] No single plan of action can address all situations.  The emergency procedure is intended to provide guidelines for handling emergency situations that may occur during an EMU sanctioned study abroad program

  • Intellectual Property Safety and Security: Tips on keeping your laptop and PDA safe while abroad [PDF]

  • All student will be enrolled in a health insurance policy. Most will be enrolled in GeoBlue.
    The plan includes access to a 24/7 Worldwide Assistance Network for emergency assistance, anywhere in the world. This service provides referrals to the nearest medical facility or English-language provider, as well as help relaying messages to family members. In addition to on-the-ground medical coverage, our policy provides for medical evacuation and repatriation and security evacuation. Students who need assistance with claims should seek help from the Office of Study Abroad.

Other Study Abroad Resources

EMU University Resources

Health Resources

U.S. Government Travel Resources

Visas for U.S. Citizens and Resources for Non-U.S. Citizens

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