NAFSA E-LEARNING SEMINAR: Interpreting and Responding to Travel Warnings in Education Abroad

Wednesday, February 17, 2016, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM ET

How do schools determine whether or not to send students to countries with U.S. State Department travel warnings?  As study abroad programming widens into more nontraditional destinations, institutions must strike a delicate balance. Many are faced with the challenge of meeting high safety standards while offering study and work abroad programs in relevant, but sometimes less safe, areas. Each must determine their acceptable level of risk when sending students and faculty to these countries. Join this live NAFSA e-Learning Seminar to examine how institutional culture and risk tolerance affect these decisions. Become familiar with best practices concerning the management of petitions for programming. Compare and contrast existing models of how institutions handle travel warnings.

OBJECTIVE: After attending this e-Learning Seminar, participants will be able to:

  • Compare and contrast models working with travel warnings for applicable takeaways;
  • Describe best practices for the management of petitions;
  • Understand how institutional culture and risk tolerance affect decisions on countries with State Department travel warnings.

The content will appeal to study abroad managers, directors, or other education abroad professionals tasked with making decisions regarding the location of programs, as well as those working in public relations or communication, legal counsel, or risk management. This seminar will not address the implementation of emergency preparedness planning.