Health & Safety
The health and safety of each student is our primary consideration. In case of emergency, our incident prevention and response procedures are based on the best practices in the field of international education, as set out in our Emergency Action Plan. This plan, which is reviewed and updated regularly, is adopted by AEA faculty and staff onsite and in our offices. AEA faculty and staff are trained and experienced to respond effectively and immediately to incidents should they occur. In addition, local staff, closely connected with the host communities, is available at all times to support AEA students and faculty as needs arise. AEA administrative staff, located in Yellow Springs, Ohio, is in continual communication with our program faculty abroad. We monitor overseas conditions on a daily basis and maintain contact with the U.S. State Department to ensure up-to-date, relevant information and to respond to potential difficulties through a well-developed communication network.
As a part of orientation, we provide students with country-specific safety information, emergency contact information, and extensive acclimation to the program sites, along with teaching students how to best utilize these materials and resources. Programs are regularly assessed to determine safety, and up-to-date information is used regarding the purchase, preparation, and consumption of local foods. Also, AEA assists participating students in registering in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) through the U.S. State Department.
Our staff is more than willing to work with students to find the best suitable measures for handling any existing health conditions. We ensure the best available access to health services abroad. In addition, we encourage students to maintain contact with primary care physicians prior to, during, and after participation in one of our programs, especially when pre-existing health conditions are a concern. AEA has experience working with students who have a variety of health conditions.
If students take any medications, they should bring a sufficient amount for the entire duration of the program and, if anticipated, for post-program travel. All medications (prescription and over the counter) should be carried in their original labeled bottles/boxes. Prescription medications should include the participant’s full, legal name, and students should also bring a copy of the original prescription signed by their physician.
Feel free to contact us to discuss any concerns you may have.