Health and Safety
Health and safety is one of the top concerns for students and parents, and while safety cannot be guaranteed while abroad (or here at Fresno State), there are a number of tips and resources available to help students stay as safe as possible while abroad. Additionally, all students are required to purchase special international health insurance for study abroad through the California State University approved insurance provider. Instructions for completing the insurance request form is available online.
Students and parents are encouraged to read through the information available on this site, as well as other resources highlighted throughout this section. It is strongly recommended that all eligible students enroll in the Department of State's Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). Furthermore, Fresno State adheres to the U.S. Department of State’s Travel Warnings and may suspend, postpone, or cancel programs in countries or regions that have travel warnings issued.
All students studying abroad, either on a Fresno State program or through an outside organization, are required to attend a mandatory pre-departure orientation prior to starting the program. Orientations are typically held during dead days (or Final Exam Prep Days), and students will received detailed information about orientation after completing all the required paperwork for studying abroad.