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EDUCATION ABROAD
By David Tobenkin

Keeping Students Safe
Best Practices for Education Abroad Security
Terrorist incidents in tourist
areas of Europe once deemed among the safest destinations. Increased crime in some regions
south of the U.S. border. As threats spasm abroad, colleges and universities are strengthening
their risk analysis, communications, and other systems to respond both to active threats and to
concerns among would-be education abroad students and their parents.
NORTH KOREAN MISSILE TESTS OVER THE PACIFIC OCEAN.

Heightened Concerns,
Heightened Planning
"There is increased concern among students and parents
about terrorism and security incidents because we have
seen an increase in those types of incidents," says Jim
Galvin, director of the Opportunities Abroad program
and faculty-led programs at the University of CaliforniaSan Diego. "Geopolitical risks like North Korea, even if
they do not harm students, are raising serious concerns.
For example, we hold a webinar for parents and families
each spring just before students go on education abroad
and about 80 percent of the questions we receive involve
health and safety."
The bar has been raised for the level of awareness,
speed of communication, and problem-solving skills of
sending institutions regarding those issues, Galvin says.
"We are now receiving inquiries from university administrators, parents, and the press in almost real time, and
we have to respond very quickly," Galvin says. "The need
for a rapid response is a change from five years ago.
We do not have a day to respond to a crisis; there is an
expectation that the study abroad team is monitoring
these developments 24/7.... We need to address our
responsibilities more carefully and be ready to evolve to
meet the changing expectations of our stakeholders."
The vital role of effective communications systems
for faculty and students abroad was illustrated in August
2017: A group of UC-San Diego students were studying
in Tokyo as part of a faculty-led program when North
Korea launched missiles that arced over Japan.
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"Even though the missiles flew over Japan's northern island, not near our program in Tokyo, we sent
out a message on our closed Facebook site to inform
and reassure our students, faculty, and local study
abroad partner that we were monitoring the situation,
but that since the security situation had not changed,
and no travel warning had been issued by the State
Department, we were not cancelling the program,"
says Galvin. "We found the students and their parents
were appreciative that we were watching out for their
well-being. We also have a 24/7 phone number that
students and faculty can call to start a claim for medical issues or evacuation."

Full-Time Oversight
Increasingly, colleges and universities that send a substantial number of students, staff, and others abroad are hiring
dedicated personnel at colleges to monitor health, safety,
and security issues abroad and to be ready to respond.
Laura Provencher is an international risk analyst at
the University of Arizona (UA) who tracks safety and
security issues for all types of UA travelers abroad. Her
position was created five years ago, and the number of
positions with similar functions at other universities has
quickly multiplied since, she says. "If your institution has
extensive global travel, [such positions are] an important
investment," Provencher says.
Universities are also expected to have an evacuation
plan ready in the event that the situation in a country
becomes too risky, Galvin says. He notes that in 2011,



Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of International Educator - November/December 2017

From the Desk of
Frontlines
In Brief
Global Spotlight: Iran
Quick Questions
Feature: The New Why of Partnering: International Partnerships Are Expanding Their Reach and Goals
Feature: Partnering Case Studies: Leveraging Unconventionality
Feature: Doing Well by Doing Good: Social Entrepreneurship is Evolving to Meet New Realities
Education Abroad
International Student Affairs
International Enrollment
International Education Leadership
Forum
In Focus
Feature: A Healthy Balance
Feature: Mental Health: Leveraging Resources
International Educator - November/December 2017 - Cover1
International Educator - November/December 2017 - Cover2
International Educator - November/December 2017 - 1
International Educator - November/December 2017 - 2
International Educator - November/December 2017 - 3
International Educator - November/December 2017 - From the Desk of
International Educator - November/December 2017 - 5
International Educator - November/December 2017 - Frontlines
International Educator - November/December 2017 - 7
International Educator - November/December 2017 - In Brief
International Educator - November/December 2017 - 9
International Educator - November/December 2017 - 10
International Educator - November/December 2017 - 11
International Educator - November/December 2017 - Global Spotlight: Iran
International Educator - November/December 2017 - 13
International Educator - November/December 2017 - Quick Questions
International Educator - November/December 2017 - 15
International Educator - November/December 2017 - Feature: The New Why of Partnering: International Partnerships Are Expanding Their Reach and Goals
International Educator - November/December 2017 - 17
International Educator - November/December 2017 - 18
International Educator - November/December 2017 - 19
International Educator - November/December 2017 - 20
International Educator - November/December 2017 - 21
International Educator - November/December 2017 - Feature: Partnering Case Studies: Leveraging Unconventionality
International Educator - November/December 2017 - 23
International Educator - November/December 2017 - 24
International Educator - November/December 2017 - 25
International Educator - November/December 2017 - 26
International Educator - November/December 2017 - 27
International Educator - November/December 2017 - Feature: Doing Well by Doing Good: Social Entrepreneurship is Evolving to Meet New Realities
International Educator - November/December 2017 - 29
International Educator - November/December 2017 - 30
International Educator - November/December 2017 - 31
International Educator - November/December 2017 - 32
International Educator - November/December 2017 - 33
International Educator - November/December 2017 - Education Abroad
International Educator - November/December 2017 - 35
International Educator - November/December 2017 - 36
International Educator - November/December 2017 - 37
International Educator - November/December 2017 - International Student Affairs
International Educator - November/December 2017 - 39
International Educator - November/December 2017 - International Enrollment
International Educator - November/December 2017 - 41
International Educator - November/December 2017 - 42
International Educator - November/December 2017 - 43
International Educator - November/December 2017 - International Education Leadership
International Educator - November/December 2017 - 45
International Educator - November/December 2017 - Forum
International Educator - November/December 2017 - 47
International Educator - November/December 2017 - In Focus
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