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The Frank J. Guarini Institute for International Education


Health & Safety Information

The safety of Dartmouth College students and faculty participating on off-campus programs is our highest priority. While there are risks that are unique to the overseas setting, security experts and university officials believe that study in the foreign countries where we hold our programs is no more dangerous than study in the United States. However, when incidents do occur at overseas locations, the impact on participants and their families are often more profound because of the unfamiliarity of the context and the distance that separates participants from their primary source of support.

In recognition of the importance of health and safety issues as they relate to off-campus programs, the Committee on Off-Campus Activities (COCA) at Dartmouth has developed three sets of guidelines for health and safety issues--one for sponsors (faculty directors and appropriate college officials), one for student participants, and one for parents/guardians/families of student participants. The COCA recommends that all three sets of guidelines be available for each of these parties. As such, you may view the guidelines by selecting the "Health & Safety Guidelines" link located on the menu to the left of this page.

We would also like to take this opportunity to make you aware that Dartmouth College has contracted with a company called International SOS to provide worldwide travel assistance and evacuation services for all study abroad participants. More information about the International SOS program can be found at the following College web site:

Please do not hesitate to contact the Guarini Institute at any time if you have questions or comments relating to the guidelines or any other matters associated with our off-campus program offerings.


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Last modified 12/15/2015