Program Leaders

Illinois offers faculty and staff the opportunity to add an international component to their course work through short-term study abroad programs.

If you are interested in leading a program, please visit the Developing a Program page of the Illinois Abroad and Global Exchange website The sections below outline information and resources for faculty and staff leading program abroad.


Health & Safety Abroad

Student Health Abroad

Each student is unique. Therefore, the health concerns will vary depending on their host country. However, the students’ health is their responsibility. Take measures to ensure that you have prepared your students to confront potential health risks or concerns by utilizing on- and off-campus resources.

The McKinley Health Center is an on-campus resource for health questions. You and your students can also visit the McKinley Immunization and Travel Clinic for a pre-departure health screening specific to the risks of your host country.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is an online resource that offers information on vaccinations, medicines, and other health and safety suggestions for specific destinations. Illinois recommends encouraging students to consult the CDC prior to your departure date as some countries may require advance immunizations.

Prior to departure, Illinois also recommends encouraging students to consult their personal physician about any health concerns they may have based on their medical history and communicating concerns about any conditions with you and International Safety and Security.

Student Safety Abroad

Be informed, be prepared, and be vigilant to improve student safety. Prior to your departure, questions about your specific location may be directed to Erin DeLuca In the event of a local, regional, or global crisis that occurs while you or your group are abroad, Illinois recommends that program leaders follow the advice of local authorities, consults the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate for the most up-to-date information, and make contact with International Safety and Security

The Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) is a free resource of the U.S. Department of State for U.S. Citizens. STEP has three main benefits for travelers; access to crucial information on the safety, security, and operation of the country of destination, U.S. Embassy aid in event of a man-made, natural, or personal emergency, and assistance with U.S. based family communication in an emergency. Registering as part of the STEP programs allows the U.S. government to quickly intervene if you are victim of a serious crime or go missing. Enrollment for STEP can be done as an individual trip, a group trip, a frequent traveler account. STEP is also a resource when planning travel, signing up to receive information about countries of considered travel will aid in making informed decisions when making plans.

Non-U.S. Citizens will not be able to formally register with STEP, but should still subscribe to receive Travel Warnings and Alerts for the destination country. For inquiries about services similar to the STEP program, the Embassy or Consulate for the country of citizenship should be contacted.

The U.S. Department of State also provides a list of 911 equivalent phone numbers for countries around the world. In case of emergency, that list can be found here


International Insurance

Illinois requires that program leaders self-enroll for International Insurance. For an overview of the coverage and enrollment procedures, visit the International Insurance page.


Program Leader Training

Pre-Departure Training

International Safety and Security provides program leaders with workshops each semester to acquaint them with resources available to them. The training will also offer case studies and exercise to help program leaders be prepared for a variety of situations they may encounter while abroad. For more information on upcoming training programs, please contact the Coordinator for International Safety and Security


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