Health, Safety and Security

The Office of International Affairs strives to ensure that UNA study abroad programs are administered in accordance with university policy and industry standards regarding ensuring health, safety and security for the field of education abroad.

Health Insurance Requirement

The University of North Alabama requires that each student participating on an UNA Study Abroad program maintain comprehensive health and accident insurance, including emergency travel insurance, during the entire duration of his/her study abroad program. Learn more about iNext insurance information.

In addition to the steps taken by the Office of International Affairs, students, faculty/staff members, and parents have important roles to play in helping to ensure the health, safety and security of students abroad. It is recommended faculty and students travel with a copy of their immunization history along with their passport. Secondly, review the CDC website for required and recommended immunizations for travel to the intended country. Tetanus and rabies should always be up to date, as exposure to bacteria and infected animals is possible.

Water and Food Safety

In countries where the tap water is not safe to drink, never drink the tap water, avoid ice cubes, wash produce in boiled or bottled water, and remember to use boiled or bottled water to brush your teeth.

Review food and water safety guidelines specific to your country. In countries where the tap water is safe to drink, the slight difference in mineral content in the water might be enough to upset your system. Be patient. Don’t panic if the change in diet affects your health adversely when you first arrive in a new country.

For health and safety issues particular to the country you plan to visit, check updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Each participant in an UNA Study Abroad program is expected to take an active role in ensuring his/her health, safety and security abroad by exercising good judgment, remaining aware of his/her surroundings at all times, and monitoring health, safety and security conditions. Following are some key resources: