Fordham students participate in study abroad programs worldwide, either by directly enrolling in selected universities around the world, enrolling at one of our centers abroad, or in 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 ongoing worldwide events, we want to share with you the measures we have in place for dealing with overseas safety and security.
PROGRAMS ADMINISTERED BY FORDHAM UNIVERSITY
Students in Fordham-administered programs in Granada, London, and Pretoria benefit from having Fordham University staff in addition to administrative staff at their respective host universities provide on-site services and support. During orientation, staff conduct special safety briefings and distribute emergency cards to all students with regular and after-hours contact information for local and New York offices. In addition, all participants receive information about security and how to conduct themselves should a local or international crisis occur. Students are encouraged to register with the US State Department Smart Traveler Enrollment Program. Staff in New York monitor situations worldwide with the support of the United States Department of State Bureau of Overseas Security Advisory Council, of which Fordham University is a member.
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 and organizations. All of our partners have crisis management procedures in place to monitor conditions and instruct students.
Our partners abroad regularly keep us informed about credible threats to the safety of students and what they are doing or will do in the event of any incident. 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.