Western has adopted a new Safety Abroad policy designed to help ensure safe experiences for Western undergraduate and graduate students who travel internationally as part of a university activity. The policy and its accompanying procedures are meant to offer assistance in managing the risks associated with University-sanctioned international programs and activities, and to provide processes to undertake the following:
a) Approval of student international travel for University-sanctioned activities and programs
b) Risk assessment of travel locations, regions and/or countries
c) Centralized and accessible risk management resources to enable University travelers to be informed of and manage the risks associated with travelling abroad
The policy and procedures should be consulted prior to authorizing any student travel abroad.
Questions about the Safety Abroad policy and procedures can be directed to Lise Laporte, Director, International Learning at firstname.lastname@example.org ext.85489.
All students, staff and faculty planning international travel should take the initiative to learn about their host country and take reasonable precautions to ensure they stay healthy and safe. This includes visiting a travel clinic or consulting with your own doctor about any preventative measures you can take.
Western encourages all travellers with Canadian citizenship to register with the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD) while abroad.
International students and others holding international passports should check with individual consular services in their home country.
Students participating in international learning experiences can receive more detailed travel health and safety advice during pre-departure orientation sessions offered by the International Learning team.
For students participating in global health initiatives abroad, the Office of Global Health at Western's Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry also offers a number of specific resources and pre-departure training sessions.