For a number of years our students have participated in study abroad programs worldwide, either by directly enrolling in selected universities around the world, participating in the London Dramatic Academy or short-term and summer Fordham faculty led programs, or by joining any of the programs offered under the auspices of our consortium memberships and affiliations.
STATEMENT ON STUDY ABROAD & SECURITY
The safety of all our study abroad participants is of utmost importance to Fordham University. Mindful of the fact that our concern is shared by parents and students participating in or considering study abroad, and in view of the ongoing events, we want to share with you the measures we have in place for dealing with a crisis at a foreign destination as well as our general policy about program closure and evacuation.
A. PROGRAMS ADMINISTERED BY FORDHAM UNIVERSITY:
THE LONDON DRAMATIC ACADEMY
The LDA program has run successfully and without interruption for decades. Students in this program benefit from Fordham University’s London Centre staff which provides a host of on-site services. The London staff has extensive experience in dealing with crises, having advised students during the last years of the IRA’s bombing campaign in London and during the aftermath of the September 11 attacks in New York and Washington (UPDATE). During orientation, our London staff conducts special safety briefings for students about use of the public transportation systems, including the subway or "Tube" and the buses. The London office also distributes emergency cards to all students with regular and after-hours contact information for our London and New York offices, the U.S. Embassy, the police, fire, and ambulance services. In addition, all participants receive information about security and how to conduct themselves should a local or international crisis occur.
B. PROGRAMS ADMINISTERED BY FORDHAM AFFILIATES
Fordham students participating in programs abroad not administered by Fordham University benefit from our consortium membership and solid institutional affiliation agreements with reputable universities or organizations. Our affiliates include large study abroad providers with many years of experience on the field such as CIEE, IES, IFSA-Butler, Arcadia’s CEA, and SIT, as well as the following selective domestic and foreign universities that administer study abroad programs: American University in Cairo, Augsburg College (in Central America and Africa), Boston University (worldwide), Duke University (in Italy), Georgetown University (in Turkey), Loyola University Chicago (in China), Marquette University (in Spain and South Africa), Middlebury College (worldwide), Oxford University’s Blackfriar’s Hall and St. Peter’s College, Pitzer College (worldwide), Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro (in Brazil), Santa Clara University (in El Salvador), Sarah Lawrence College (in Italy), Sogang University (in Korea), Sweetbriar College (in France), Syracuse University (in Europe and Latin America), Temple University (in Italy and Japan), Universidad de Deusto (in Spain), Universidad Iberoamericana (in Mexico), Universidade Federal do Paraná (in Brazil), Universitat Ramón Llull (in Spain), and Wayne State University (in Germany). All of our partners have crisis management procedures in place to monitor conditions and instruct students, and these procedures sadly but effectively have been tested in recent years.
They also regularly keep us informed about credible threats to the safety of Americans, the closing of a host university abroad, or a public health or political crisis that causes a breakdown in civil society in an overseas location, and what they are doing or will do to protect our students. In addition, study abroad participants are registered with the local U.S. Consulate abroad, and many of the programs’ resident directors serve as U.S. consular offices' "wardens" who are responsible for getting special information out to our students. Finally, both our partners and our New York office regularly monitor U.S. Consular advice as well as State Department travel advisories, and information is provided to students about non-essential travel in the region around their program – please see www.travel.state.gov to review the announcements currently in place.
What can families do to help a student live abroad in safety?
Four things to consider:
1. Establish a communication plan with your son/daughter. Keep in mind that during a crisis, phone communication may be unreliable. Cell phone service may be temporarily unavailable. Consider setting up an alternative method of communicating with your son/daughter, such as e-mail.
2. Routine contact will reduce your anxiety and allow you to get regular updates from your son/daughter.
3. Please ensure that your son/daughter advises the local program staff of any personal itineraries, outside of the program venue. Travel outside the host country during a time of crisis may be inadvisable; therefore, any decision to do so should, if possible, be made with your prior knowledge and approval.
4. Keep in mind that evacuation of students participating in study-abroad programs has been very rare and would likely not occur unless recommended or required by either the U.S. Embassy or the U.S. State Department.
State Department’s consular information sheets for various countries
A Safe Trip Abroad (published by the State Department)
U.S. Transportation Security Administration
U.S. Homeland Security
Enjoying London - A Police Guide for Visitors
Please feel free to contact our Office of International & Study Abroad Programs at 718/817-3464 with any questions or concerns.