Health & Safety
Over the 25+ years during which Cal Poly has administered study abroad programs, safety and security has been and continues to be the highest priority. The Cal Poly International Center, Strategic Business Support Services / Risk Management, and the Chancellor’s Office closely monitor terrorist attacks, political uprisings, natural disasters, and other global events that can impact our students’ safety and security.
Students are urged to follow the principles of personal risk preparedness while studying abroad: awareness, communication, cultural common sense, and personal responsibility. Additionally, participants in all programs abroad are registered with the U.S. State Department Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).
Cal Poly’s main concern is for the safety and well-being of its students, staff, faculty, and community members. It has been a difficult time for all of us as world citizens to witness the violence in many corners of the globe and at home. While you are abroad, we urge you to stay abreast of the latest news in your area, and to take appropriate precautions and follow communication protocol. We wish you a safe, healthy, and educational experience while abroad.
Cal Poly cannot guarantee safety or eliminate all risks associated with traveling abroad. Safety is everyone’s responsibility. Students, parents, faculty, and staff all have a role to play in minimizing potential dangers and mitigating risk. Behavior is often a major factor in reducing risk; students are urged to conduct themselves in a prudent manner, exercise awareness and good judgment, pay particular attention to local conditions, follow communication and safety protocols, and assume responsibility for the consequences of personal decisions and actions.
All students should research conditions at their study abroad destination that could impact their health and safety (including required or recommended immunizations, availability of OTC and prescription medications, local crime rates, and specific health and safety risks).
Health & Safety Resources for Study Abroad
- Cal Poly Counseling Services – Free, confidential services and self-help resources
- Cal Poly Campus Health & Wellbeing Mental Health Screening – Brief screenings are the quickest way to determine if you or someone you care about should connect with a mental health professional.
- Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Travel Health – Advice and information for travel to international destinations
- CSU Travel Insurance – ACE American Insurance Company Travel Assistance Program, including policy coverage and contact information
- Get Help in an Emergency – U.S. Department of state emergency resources, including embassy/consulate locator
- International LGBTI Association – Worldwide federation campaigning for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex rights
- International Religious Freedom – Annual report to Congress on the status of religious freedom in every country
- Mental Health Screening – Anonymous online screening provided by Cal Poly Counseling Services for eating disorders, alcohol issues, anxiety disorders, depression, and psychological issues
- Mobility International USA – Resources for advancing disability rights and leadership globally
- Psychological Emergency Services – Emergency counseling services and suicide prevention hotline
- Red Cross Mobile Apps – Online tools for first aid and emergencies
- SAFER – Cal Poly’s confidential advocacy, education and support resource for addressing sexual assault, sexual misconduct, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking
- Suicide Prevention – 24/7 emergency hotline and lifeline
- Title IX – Gender equity in educational programs
- Travel Alerts & Warnings – U.S. Department of State alerts, warnings, and information for all countries
- U.S. Department of State International Travel Information – Country specific information for every country in the world
- World Health Organization – Information on outbreaks and global health issues
CSURMA Foreign Travel Insurance Program
All Cal Poly students participating in International Exchanges are required to purchase the Foreign Travel Insurance designated by the CSU Chancellor's Office. The California State University Risk Management Authority (CSURMA) Foreign Travel Insurance Program (FTIP) benefits include but are not limited to the following:
- General Liability and Excess Auto Liability
- Primary Medical Expense, Emergency Medical Benefits and Evacuation
- Repatriation of Remains
- Political Evacuations and Repatriation Benefit War Risk Coverage
- Accidental Death and Dismemberment Benefit
Please reference the CSU Foreign Travel Insurance Program .pdf for specifics on coverage and rates. You will be provided instructions during your application process on how to purchase the insurance for your outgoing exchange program.
Overlay Insurance for Study Abroad with Affiliate Partner Programs
Overlay Insurance is applicable only for Study Abroad programs provided by a vendor that has a valid written agreement with CSU and travel accident insurance is required to be purchased from that vendor. CSU assumes no responsibility for travel anywhere that has not been approved by CSU. This coverage is intended to supplement, not replace, the insurance required by the Study Abroad vendor who, under a written agreement with CSU, provides educational opportunities for CSU students to study abroad. This extension to the vendor’s insurance provides General Liability insurance, but does not include Travel Assistance, Accident & Health or any of its associated benefits including but not limited to: Medical Expense, Emergency Medical, Emergency Medical Evacuation, Repatriation of Remains, Emergency Reunion, Home Country Extension, Security Evacuation, Trip Cancellation, Trip Interruption, Accidental Death & Dismemberment, Coma, Felonious Assault, Hijacking and Air Piracy, etc.
There is an additional premium for travel to certain high hazard countries.
You will be provided instructions during your application process on how to purchase the insurance for your affiliate partner program.