For most students, studying abroad is a once in a lifetime opportunity to be exposed to an exciting new culture. However, it can also be a time to be exposed to petty theft, earthquakes, hurricanes, political upheavals, and acts of terrorism. The large majority of students have a safe experience while traveling abroad, information and resources available in this section are devoted to helping students have a safe study abroad experience.
All Fresno State students are required to purchase special international health insurance for study abroad through the California State University approved insurance provider. This insurance goes beyond what the traditional U.S. health insurance policies cover. Cost of the insurance can range from approximately $40 for the summer to $700 for a full year. It is important to keep this cost in mind when budgeting for a study abroad program. Instructions for completing the insurance request form is available online.
Tips for Staying Safe
- Common Sense
- Stay sober
- Know the area/be aware of surroundings
- Put away the camera/phone
- Try to blend in
- Read the Consular information sheets before traveling
- Register through the Smart Travelers Enrollment Program
The U.S. State Department has created a website specifically tailored for study abroad students! It includes up-to-day information on health and safety concerns for students.