Office of International Programs (OIP)

Parents: Health, Safety, and Security

Introducing Study Abroad

Program Selection

Privacy and FERPA

Health, Safety, and Security



The health and safety of students is a top priority for CSU IP and SF State. Therefore, all students are required to purchase special health insurance for study abroad through the CSU Health Insurance or the host country鈥檚 national health care system. Specific details will be provided at your student鈥檚 pre-departure orientation.


While security cannot be guaranteed here or abroad, CSU IP and SF State Bilateral Programs take every reasonable step to keep students safe, including advising them on health and safety issues during orientation and providing additional resources in their CSU IP Orientation Guide or Bilateral Orientation Guide.


Students and parents are encouraged to read these materials as well as look at the U.S. Department of State鈥檚 Current Travel Warnings and the Department鈥檚 International Travel Information. Furthermore, CSU IP and SF State鈥檚 Study Abroad Office adheres to the U.S. Department of State鈥檚 Travel Warnings and may suspend or cancel programs in countries or regions that have travel warnings issued.


As a precaution, discuss with your student his/her travel plans while abroad and any safety or behavior issues you are concerned about. You may want to arrange a way to communication while your student is abroad either through email, Skype, or phone. Please note that students, rather than the Study Abroad Office, will be able to provide you the best information on their health and safety while abroad. The Office works to support students throughout their study abroad experience, but may not be able to disclose information to you because of FERPA regulations. Please visit the Privacy and FERPA section for parents for additional information.

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