Health & Safety
Insuring the healthy and safety of our students is our highest concern. Before a student leaves campus, we conduct extensive pre-departure workshops to discusses international insurance, medical needs, cultural adaptation, and academic support and services while students are away, among other topics.
All students receive a comprehensive Handbook to Global Learning during the workshops. Students are responsible for reviewing the information provided, asking questions and insuring they feel fully prepared before they depart.
Be advised that university policy does not allow travel to countries currently under a Travel Warning issued by the U.S. Department of State. View the the U.S. Department of State's Current Travel Warning Countries.
Every USD student on a university-affiliated, international program is required to purchase coverage and will automatically be enrolled into the Board of Regents' CISI Study Abroad Insurance.
U.S.-based health insurers may provide for international coverage, however it often times does not extend beyond basic medical needs. Even though students will be required to purchase the BOR's CISI international insurance plan, they are strongly advised NOT to cancel their insurance in the U.S. while they are away because they could be denied coverage upon return due to 'pre-existing conditions.'
Meeting with a Health Professional:
Every USD student going on a USD Global Learning program is required to meet with a health professional to discuss any medical needs or concerns prior to departure.
Passports and Visas:
All travel outside the borders of the U.S., including to Canada and Mexico, requires a valid passport. Some countries will also require a visa prior to leaving the U.S., especially for those staying longer than 90 days.
- For more information on obtaining a U.S. passport, visit U.S. Department of State Passport.
- For more information about visa requirements for the country you'll be staying in, visit the country's Embassy and/or Consulate website. View the U.S. Department of State's Country Specific Information.
- Center for Disease Control: www.cdc.gov
- The World Health Organization: www.who.org
- The CIA World Factbook: https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/
- Mobility International: http://www.miusa.org/
While traveling globally, health and safety issues are especially important. Before departing, we will brief you on health awareness, cultural adaptation, safety, and academic and social support services.