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Safety & Responsibility

Because the health and safety of our study abroad participants are of primary concern to Indiana University, guidelines have been developed to provide useful practical guidance to institutional representatives, student participants, and their parents/guardians/families. No set of guidelines can guarantee the health and safety needs of each individual involved in a study abroad program, but the guidelines address issues of general concern and the responsibilities of all parties.

General Responsibilities of the Office of Overseas Study

Overseas Study has responsibility for program approval, management, and review, on an ongoing basis. Read more >>

Office of Overseas Study Responsibilities for IU Programs Abroad

Indiana University works to protect the safety or participants in all phases of planning and program implementation. Read more >>

Responsibilities of Participants

Participants can have a major impact on their own health and safety abroad through the decisions they make before and during the program and by their day-to-day choices and behaviors. Read more >>

Recommendations to Families

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.

It is not possible to account for all the inevitable variations in actual cases, so those involved must also rely upon their experience and thoughtful judgment while considering the unique circumstances of each situation. Read more >>

These guidelines were adapted from the NAFSA Interorganizational Task Force on Safety and Responsibility (May 2002), as approved by Indiana University's Overseas Study Advisory Council.

Our daily lives are so different from people across the globe. To learn about how other people live their lives, it makes you think about how you want to live your life. It’s character building.”

-Maggie Brinley, IU Overseas Study Participant, Spain