The safety and well-being of students studying abroad is of paramount importance and Johns Hopkins aspires to provide study abroad opportunities that are safe for students. While we cannot guarantee students’ safety and security abroad, the Office of Study Abroad takes whatever reasonable steps within our control in order to help students to minimize their risk. We monitor international events, are in contact with coordinators and staff in the host countries, and evaluate and respond to each situation or incident on a case-by-case basis.
It is important to remember that safety abroad is a shared responsibility and that students play the most important part in ensuring their own safety while abroad. Take every precaution necessary to stay safe and happy during your study abroad program. Here are some resources that will help you prepare for your study abroad experience:
Become familiar with and check routinely the U.S. State Department website for students abroad and the Study Abroad Department of State website. The Department of State provides information on every country in the world in their Country Profiles. For each country, you will find information including the location of the U.S. embassy and any consular offices, visa information, crime and security information, health and medical conditions, drug penalties, and localized hot spots. This is a good place to start learning about where you are going.
The Department of State urges U.S. citizens living overseas or planning to travel abroad to enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). When you enroll in STEP, the U.S. Department of State can update you with important safety and security announcements. Enrolling will also make it easier for the embassy or consulate to contact you in the event of an emergency. You should remember to keep all of your information in STEP up to date; it is particularly important when you enroll or update your information to include a current phone number and e-mail address.
The Johns Hopkins University International Travel Registry (JHITR) contains critical information that allows University representatives to contact and support you in the event that you need assistance while traveling internationally on university business, particularly if there is a natural disaster or political unrest. The data you provide through the Travel Registry is intended to support the university administration in ensuring your safety and well-being. It will not be used for other purposes. The Hopkins Office of Study Abroad will enter preliminary information about your travel plans. You will then receive an email prompt asking you to enter additional information such as passport number and emergency contacts to your travel profile.
You can log into JHITR through your MyJHU Account.
Johns Hopkins provides all students on approved study abroad programs with worldwide assistance and emergency evacuation services through International SOS. Please note that International SOS is NOT health insurance and is meant to be used in tandem with existing health insurance. ISOS services can help you locate an English-speaking doctor, replace lost medication, monitor treatment at local hospitals, or provide medical evacuation, if needed. In addition, International SOS also assists with lost travel documents, emergency cash, legal assistance, and translation services. Students may access the resources at www.internationalsos.com using the Hopkins Group #: 11BSGC000019.