Health and Safety

Study abroad is an exciting time, but it is not without challenges.  The Office of Education Abroad and UNC Charlotte encourage all students to make responsible decisions about their health and safety during their time abroad. Being an informed and well-prepared traveler is a key component to a successful study abroad program. The OEA will also cover important health and safety considerations as part of the mandatory pre-departure orientation.



Health considerations

Staying healthy while abroad can usually be a seamless transition as long as you prepare well in advance and are knowledgeable about your resources ahead of time. 

Health Considerations 

International Health Insurance

Any UNC Charlotte student or participant on a UNC Charlotte program abroad will be enrolled in mandatory international health insurance. This section provides information regarding the coverage, enrollment, and payment timelines, how to use the insurance abroad, and more. 

International Health Insurance 

Safety Considerations

The safety of our students, faculty, and staff traveling abroad is our top priority. There are many things students can do prior to departure in order to prepare as well as several precautions students can take while traveling abroad.

Safety Considerations 

Alerttraveler App

AlertTraveler is an extension of the OEA portal which provides you with alerts about safety and security related events near you (according to your itinerary) and contains professionally provided, up-to-date information about countries and major cities around the world.

AlertTraveler App 

Emergencies Abroad

Students who experience an emergency while abroad should first contact their local program contact. If it is a medical emergency first contact police or medical services, and then contact the local coordinator on the ground. Students may also contact the OEA during office hours, or UNC Charlotte University Police after hours, who will then contact the appropriate person in the OEA to mitigate the crisis. 

Emergency Protocols