Safety & Security Planning


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Safety & Security Planning

International Travel, Health, & Security Coverage

All UMD study abroad participants are required to enroll with CISI for insurance coverage. For more information, visit our insurance page.

Registration with the U.S. Embassy Abroad

American embassies around the world are staffed by U.S. citizens and foreign nationals that perform numerous functions to help American travelers in the following areas: passport replacement, legal advice and registration of U.S. citizens. It is highly recommended that all study abroad participants register themselves online with the U.S. Embassy or Consulate. The program coordinator will register all participants on UMD short-term programs. Registration at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate (in the country you are visiting) makes your presence and whereabouts known, in case it is necessary for a consular officer to contact you in an emergency. If a disaster were to occur while you are abroad, American consular officers can assist in an evacuation. However, they cannot assist you if they do not know where you are.

Personal Belongings Insurance

We suggest you check with your family homeowners’ policy to ascertain whether your personal belongings are covered if a loss were to occur. If they are not covered, consider purchasing a policy which would cover your personal possessions while abroad.

U.S. Department of State Consular Information

The Department of State’s Consular Information Sheets are available for every country of the world.They describe entry requirements, currency regulations, unusual health conditions, the crime and security situation, political disturbances, areas of instability and special information about driving and road conditions. They also provide addresses and emergency telephone numbers for U.S. embassies and consulates.

In general, the Consular Information Sheets do not give advice. Instead, they describe conditions so travelers can make informed decisions. In some dangerous situations, however, the Department of State recommends that Americans defer travel to a country. In such a case, a Travel Warning is issued for the country in addition to its Consular Information Sheet. The UMD Study Abroad office reviews State Department Travel Warnings before departure of all UMD study abroad programs.

Are you aware of your foreign country’s laws?

Living in a foreign country exposes you to different customs and different laws. What is acceptable in the U.S. may be illegal or offensive elsewhere. If arrested, you will be subject to the laws and legal procedures of the country you are currently in. If you are arrested and jailed in a foreign country, the U.S. consulate or embassy will provide you with a list of local lawyers. Assistance beyond that is minimal. Therefore, get to know foreign laws before departing.