Health and Safety
The welfare of all study abroad participants is of utmost importance to Fordham University. We are mindful of the fact that our concern is shared by parents and students participating in or considering study abroad.
Students studying in Fordham-administered programs benefit from having Fordham University faculty and administrative staff at their respective host institutions provide on-site services and support. During orientation, staff conduct special safety briefings and monitor local safety conditions throughout the semester. In addition, all participants receive information about security and how to conduct themselves should a local or international crisis occur. Fordham students participating in our affiliated and exchange programs benefit from our consortium membership and institutional affiliation agreements. All of our partners have crisis management procedures in place to monitor safety conditions.
All students must attend a pre-departure meeting in NY prior to studying abroad. The 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, as well as with Drum-Cussac, a private risk management firm.
Undergraduate students enrolling in International & Study Abroad Programs Office-sponsored programs will be able to download the Alert Traveler application for their mobile devices while studying abroad. This app has important international travel information as well as the ability to send alerts regarding incidents which may impact a student’s safety. Fordham University staff can also communicate with students through the app.
All students studying abroad through Fordham, as well as staff and faculty participating in Fordham sponsored travel, must enroll in the Department of State's Smart Traveler Enrollment Program, and in Fordham's Travel Registry, found in the "Home" tab in the my.fordham.edu portal.
OSAC's Travel Toolkit publishes invaluable information on many topics related to travelling abroad.
In an emergency please contact Fordham's Public Safety at 718-817-2222.