Learning Abroad is committed to ensuring the health and safety of all our Coogs Abroad.
COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Updates
The University of Houston has cancelled all fall 2020 Learning Abroad programs. This includes all faculty-led programs as well as affiliated, exchange, student service organization programs, sponsored scholarship, fellowship, or research opportunities abroad, and any other programs that would be considered international travel for curricular or co-curricular purposes.
Students may continue to plan 2021 programs abroad with the help of their Learning Abroad Advisor. However, students should understand that future Learning Abroad opportunities are subject to change based on conditions both in the U.S. and abroad.
For updates about the COVID-19 (Coronavirus), including information on travel restrictions and returning from abroad, please visit the Univeristy of Houston's COVID-19 Website.
In the event of an emergency, please contact UHPD's 24/7 emergency line: +1-713-743-3333
University of Houston Health & Safety Information
Crisis Information - University of Houston Crisis Information
UH ALERT Emergency Notification System - Emergency Information
- To report incidents that occur during programs abroad.
- Note that this is for UH reporting. Incidents that should be reported to program providers or host institutions must be reported separately.
International Medical and Emergency Insurance
CISI Insurance - UH has partnered with CISI to offer the most cost-effective and robust international insurance package available to our students and faculty leaders.
Pre-Departure Orientations for affiliated, non-affiliated, and exchange programs are held each semester and attendance is mandatory for all students traveling abroad. Faculty leaders schedule orientations for their individual groups with the support of Learning Abroad. For the dates of this semester's Pre-Dpearture Orientations, please see the Events and Outreach page.
Learning Abroad Policy for Student Travel (Travel Advisories)
UH Student Travel Policy - UH has developed this policy for international activities in countries for which the U.S. Department of State has issued travel advisories of Level 3 and Level 4. Students, faculty, and staff will need to consult the policy for specific details before making arrangements for university-sponsored travel.
University Sponsored and/or Organized Travel Authorization Request Form - The University of Houston (UH) does not allow University sponsored and/or organized Programs Abroad to Level 3 (“Reconsider Travel”) destinations unless authorization is granted by the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost. University sponsored and/or organized travel is travel which is led by a University employee or for which academic credit is awarded, or any other travel administered by, conducted under the direction of, or with financial support from, any University department, program, or office.
Travel Policy Acknowledgement for University Sponsored and/or Organized Travel - This form is required for UH students who choose to participate in a University Sponsored and/or Organized Learning Abroad program that takes place in a location with a Level 3 ("Reconsider Travel") Travel Advisory issued by the U.S. Department of State for which authorization has been granted by the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost.
UH Student Travel Authorization Request Form – Students Organizations Abroad - UH does not allow university-sponsored, organized or affiliated student travel to Level 3 (“Reconsider Travel”) destinations unless authorization is granted by the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost after review and recommendation by the Learning Abroad Risk and Safety Committee. (For student service orgs abroad)
U.S. Department of State Resources and Information
Travel Alerts and Warnings - Up-to-date alerts and warnings for U.S. travelers who are or will be traveling abroad.
On the U.S. Department of State Emergency Resources page you can find useful information pertaining to:
- Lost & Stolen Passports
- Medical Emergencies
- Victims of Crime
- Arrest & Detention
- Missing Persons & Contacting Loves Ones
- Parental Child Abductions
- Death Abroad
- Natural Disasters
- The State Department's Role in a Crisis
Overseas U.S. Citizens Services / Report a Lost or Stolen Passport
From the U.S. & Canada
U.S. Consulate and Embassy Resources
Consulate and Embassy Locator
Visit the U.S. Embassy website for a complete list of U.S. Embassy and U.S. Consulate locations throughout the world. Keep in mind that, depending on the emergency, it may be best to shelter in place. Please visit the Travel Alerts and Warnings page to see if there are instructions in the event of an emergency.
Learning Abroad Risk and Safety Committee
The Learning Abroad Risk and Safety Committee was established in January 2017 to develop guidelines and policies related to the health and safety of University of Houston students traveling abroad.
Learning Abroad Risk and Safety Committee Members:
Associate Provost, Faculty Affairs
Director, Learning Abroad
Director, Risk Management
Director, Office of Emergency Management
Representative, University Police Department
Representative, Office of General Counsel
Representative, Dean of Students
Representative, UH Equal Opportunity Services
Representative, UH Health Center
Representative, Counseling and Psychological Services
For more information about the Learning Abroad Risk & Safety Committee, please contact Learning Abroad at firstname.lastname@example.org.