Health and Safety
The health and safety of both incoming and outgoing students is our first priority. All students are given orientation prior to their departure and again on-site upon arrival. In addition to the health and safety orientation materials provided to all students, the links below provide further resources on the topics of health and safety for student travelers.
Health Insurance (while abroad)
Any UTC student who plans on studying abroad must be covered by a comprehensive medical health insurance. Students going through a provider program will typically have this insurance incorporated into their program fees (through the provider), but please double check to ensure that insurance is included in your program fees.
UTC students participating in most faculty-led trips will be enrolled in a comprehensive medical health insurance plan through the Center for Global Education. Certain faculty-led trips will have insurance provided to them through their host university program (ex. University of Alcala).
UTC students participating in a non-UTC affiliated program (ex. direct enrolls) will need to speak with the host university to determine if health insurance is included in their program fees. If not, students need to make arrangements to have insurance purchased through the Center for Global Education.
Safety (while abroad)
The Center for Global Education recommends that students review the following sites for tips/suggestions on safety while abroad:
- Tips for Staying Safe While Studying Abroad (while this is aimed at study abroad in Europe, the tips can be applied anywhere)
- Staying Safe While Studying Abroad
It is important to know the resources available to you while you're abroad. Make sure you have the contact information for your host university! In an emergency, you should contact the local authorities as well as inform your host university advisor/advisor with your specific program provider. Additionally, you can always contact the UTC Police Department at 423-425-4357 and they can get you in touch with the appropriate on-campus representative (i.e. Center for Global Education, Dean of Students, etc).
Make sure you sign up to attend a Study Abroad 103: Pre-Departure Orientation session prior to your departure!
- US State Department - Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)
(Register your travel with the US State Department)
- US State Department Travel Advisories
(UTC will not send students to countries that have a US State Department Travel Warning)
- US State Department: Crisis Management
(What the State Department Can and Can’t Do in a Crisis)