Travel & Safety Planning
Matt Orenstein '08 surveyed previous Off-Campus Study students and compiled their collective feedback into a helpful guide, which students preparing to study off-campus can utilize to plan for their trips. We hope that it is a useful tool in preparing for your off-campus study experience.
See the Off-Campus Study Pre-Departure Guide.
After you return, you can share your off-campus study experiences with others by submitting photos, stories, and descriptions of your experience of your semester abroad to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Denison strongly recommends that all students avail themselves of the travel information available below. In particular, students should carefully consider the safety information included in State Department travel advisories for the country in which they are pursuing off-campus study and/or for any other country to which they are planning to travel during their time abroad.
- U.S. State Department – Travel Warnings & U.S. Consulate information
- U.S. Embassies – Links to U.S. embassy information
- Tips for Students Studying Abroad – Department of State Website
- Safety Abroad Handbook – USC Center of Global Education's resources and preparation tips for students considering studying abroad
- National Center for Infectuous Diseases – Travelers' Health - Information on recommended vaccinations, current outbreaks and diseases
Denison reserves the right to withdraw its approval for study on an off-campus program if a State Department travel warning or a CDC or WHO travel advisory is in place for the program location at the start of the program. Withdrawal of approval for an off-campus study program bars a student from receiving Denison credit for the program and from applying financial aid to the program costs. To make certain that a student may make an informed decision regarding participation on a program, the issue of potential loss of Denison approval for an accepted program will be brought to the student’s attention as far in advance of the program start date as is feasible.
In the case of a State Department travel warning or a CDC or WHO travel advisory arising after a program has started, Denison will work closely with the educational partner and other informed parties to determine an appropriate course of action. In the case of requiring that a student return home, Denison will pursue reasonable steps with the educational partner to mitigate the financial and academic impact of such an action.
It is strongly recommend that all students participating on an international off-campus program carry international medical and evacuation insurance coverage in addition to their domestic health insurance plan.
Two widely used providers are:
It is also highly recommended that at least one parent/guardian obtain a passport so that travel will not be unduly delayed in the case of a medical or personal emergency.