The Alliance for Global Education is committed to maintaining the highest standards in health and safety for our students. Through staff training, participation in workshops on best practices within the field, continuous monitoring and ongoing assessment, the Alliance ensures that our programs provide the highest quality of care, oversight, and due diligence in our operations both in the U.S. and abroad.
We encourage students to self-disclose any personal, medical, physical and mental conditions which may affect their study abroad experience on their application. All information provided is confidential and does not affect a student’s acceptance or denial into a program. Early disclosure ensures our ability to provide the most appropriate advice and counsel regarding program choice as well as enhancing our ability to provide appropriate support overseas. Students may self-disclose at any point in the semester and program staff will do their best to provide reasonable accommodations on the ground.
Preparing to Go Abroad
In pre-departure materials and communications, students are referred to Center for Disease Control (CDC) and U.S. State Department resources for health and safety abroad, including vaccine recommendations, malaria prophylaxis and best practices for secure traveling. While our Student Services Managers are seasoned advisers and travelers, they are not medical professionals, and as such, cannot instruct students about their personal health preparation. Students are encourgaged to consult with their personal physicians with any questions during the pre-departure process, and may be required to provide a signed physician form before their departure.
All Alliance students are registered in the U.S. State Department's Smart Traveler Enrollment Program by the Alliance before their program begins.
Health and Safety Orientation
Upon arrival in-country, all students participate in a comprehensive health and safety orientation conducted by Alliance resident staff. This orientation provides students with an overview of health and safety issues specific to their new context, as well as concrete practices for staying safe and healthy in their new environment during their term abroad.
Our staff undergoes thorough health and safety training upon hire. Staff members participate in ongoing training and workshops within the IFSA-Butler context as well as within the context of professional international education meetings and activities. Staff members are also continually updated on current health and safety resources, and they are active participants in the development and maintenance of communication and emergency response protocols.
Regional and International Emergencies
The staff at the Alliance’s Washington, D.C. headquarters monitors daily U.S. State Department security announcements and other security-related news outlets. In-country resident directors also keep headquarters fully briefed on local security conditions and concerns. The Alliance maintains a comprehensive contingency plan for regional and international emergencies in keeping with best practices in the field.
All Alliance students who are U.S. citizens are registered with the U.S. Embassy upon arrival in-country, and all resident directors maintain contact information both for the U.S. Embassy and for regional consulates.
Medical or Criminal Emergencies
All Alliance staff members are trained in emergency response and are on call 24-7 for student emergencies.
Alliance resident staff have identified the best local hospitals and physicians for student medical treatment and maintains good relations with local authorities. An established Alliance communication protocol exists for handling student medical or criminal emergencies and for contacting parents and home institutions where appropriate.
Medical evacuation insurance is provided for all students through Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI), a recognized and well-respected provider of international travel insurance within the field of study abroad.
The Alliance supports the work of the Association for Safe International Road Travel (ASIRT) and employs its Transportation Safety Checklists and Road Safety Tool Box for Study Abroad in staff training, student orientations, travel planning, and vetting of transportation providers.
Please visit ASIRT’s website at www.asirt.org for more information about this organization and its road safety initiatives in the U.S. and around the world.
The Alliance maintains adequate liability insurance for its program facilities in the U.S. and overseas, and conducts regular risk-management reviews.