Study abroad safety

Having strategies, tools and techniques can keep you safe as you travel abroad for college.  Always have a plan!


Strategies, Tools & Techniques for Safe Travel

  • Be proactive and always have a back-up plan
  • Don’t post your location on social media
  • Always listen to your instincts
  • Have a safe place to store your passport and valuables
  • NEVER open your hotel door without confirming with hotel personnel that it’s a legitimate visitor
  • Always be aware of your surroundings
  • Be aware of safety risks when participating in activies sponsored outside of your study abroad program
  • If you become sick or injured while studying abroad know what your options are ahead of time

PROTECT STUDENTS ABROAD is an organization whose mission is to prevent fatalities of students participating in study abroad programs. Elizabeth Brenner & Ros Thackurdeen whose sons’ lives were lost while they were overseas on participating in study programs are advocating for transparency and comprehensive safety data from the study abroad industry. This information will allow students and parents to make better-information educational decisions.

Learn more at


Whether your student is Studying Abroad, Traveling for Fun, Foreign Language Program, Mission Trip, Gap Year, or a Volunteer Program, send them prepared with the proper tools to stay safe.

PROBLEM: Oftentimes, U.S. students are unprepared of international travel and parents put their trust the schools to keep their students safe. Schools will often pass off this duty to 3rd parties which are not looking out for your students best interests.

SOLUTION: Have a safety plan set up between parents and student before you go.

Author Carrie Pasquarello, CEO and Co-Founder of Global Secure Resources, Inc., is a victim advocate who took her overseas experience with the State Department and turned it into a platform to help others navigate safe travel.  You can find her book, “Study Abroad Safety” on Amazon and listen to her on our SafeTEA Podcast.

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