Health & Safety

Assisting students in staying safe while studying abroad is a top priority for our staff. The UA Education Abroad office has emergency policies and procedures that are continuously reviewed and updated for all approved programs. We work proactively to provide students with access to information about health and safety prior to their departure and while they are abroad.
We monitor the world situation daily through available channels:
We convey such information to our students when necessary. Other resource websites to explore before leaving on a study abroad program include:
Within our application, students will be asked about emergency contact information. Please make sure to keep this up to date so that we can quickly get in contact with the appropriate parties. Those listed should be aware that they are listed and should be given our information prior to the student going abroad.

International Insurance

University of Alabama (UA) students who participate on a university-recognized study, internship, service learning, research, or travel abroad program are required to enroll in the designated UA International Insurance policy. Enrollment in the policy is processed by Education Abroad. International SOS is the travel assistance program administering the current international insurance policy. International SOS has been vetted and approved by the UA System Risk Management office.
Click here to view more information about UA’s international insurance and International SOS.

Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)

The Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) is a service offered to U.S. citizens by the U.S. Department of State. The Education Abroad office will enroll students in STEP who send in their travel details in a timely manner prior to their trip. Participants will get up-to-date information regarding emergencies in the area, as well as information for nearby consulates and embassies. Please make sure that you are familiar with the APP prior to leaving.


In May 2023, both the World Health Organization (WHO) and United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) have declared that COVID-19 is no longer a public health emergency. COVID-related restrictions in many places around the world have either been dropped or greatly lessened. Travelers should remain vigilant, however, if cases in their location(s) begin to increase. Entry and exit requirements, along with other regulations and restrictions can quickly change depending on the location. Refer to the following links for further information about COVID-19 and how it may impact travel in your location.