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Health & Safety

Our first priority is helping our students have a safe, healthy educational experience abroad. And particularly in light of recent global headlines and events, it’s important for you to know more about the ways St. John’s works to make our study abroad programs as safe as possible. As you read this section, we’d ask you to keep two important concepts in mind: 

  • Though we’re happy to offer our insights and guidance, study abroad is a family decision. Unfortunately, a “guarantee” of safety is never possible, so we want you and your family to make an educated decision using reliable information provided to you by St. John’s and by outside sources. Be sure to check news and information sites you trust as you consider potential destinations—including places you may visit independently during free days or weekends. We recommend the Department of State’s Students Abroad and general Travel sites as starting points on basic safety guidelines, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Travelers’ Health site for information on wellness abroad.
  • It’s also important to know that a student’s decisions once abroad factor heavily into safety. Following St. John’s code of conduct (particularly around drinking) and making smart choices during your free time will go a long way toward keeping you safe!

So what does St. John’s do to make the program as trouble-free as possible, and to help students if they do encounter difficulties? We encourage you to read on for more.