Studying abroad empowers students to engage in a life-changing opportunity by providing students with real-world experience, knowledge and cultural awareness. Globalized Citizen’s Study Abroad Programs are designed to differentiate your student by providing international experience through company visits, networking opportunities, workshops, and cultural tours.
Students who study abroad have a significant higher probability of gaining valuable skills, getting accepted into graduate school, and landing employment after graduation.
Questions of health and safety are treated with the utmost care by Globalized Citizen and its staff, both in the United States and abroad. In the preparatory phases of the study abroad process, we encourage all students and their parents to carefully think through the implications of studying in another country, not only in regard to academic concerns, but also in terms of the emotional and physical demands that will be placed on the student participant.
Prior to departure, Globalized Citizen requires its students to complete a health, safety, and general emergency preparedness course. Students are asked upon application to provide detailed medical and health concerns. This information better equips our on-site staff to handle health emergencies that may be specific to individual student travelers.
The Pre-Departure Courses are also designed to provide the students with essential information on how to recognize dangerous situations, staying healthy and active, specific cultural differences, and general materials and resources to prepare students for their experiences abroad.
True Emergencies warrant a phone call. Please do not send emails or Facebook messages during emergencies. Email and Facebook messages are not always checked on weekends or after normal business hours. The Globalized Citizen support staff may choose to call the parent/guardian in the case of emergencies. Please be aware that emergencies can happen at any point in the day and Globalized Citizen support staff may use their discretion as to when they should reach out for parent/guardian involvement.
Participants abroad are instructed to contact their on-site Globalized Citizen coordinator immediately in the event of an emergency.
Individuals not currently abroad or family members/friends who need to report a emergency should call the Globalized Citizen support staff at (888) 725-8824.
Safety is Globalized Citizen’s number one priority. From pre-departure to post-program, Globalized Citizen emphasizes the importance on the research and knowledge of basic safety information related to the host country.
The Pre-Departure Course ensures that students are well prepared and well versed in the basic health and safety information and precautions before they begin their experience abroad.
Appropriate housing and activities are selected with quality, safety, and convenience in mind. All Globalized Citizen program details, from destinations to accommodations and activities, have been designed with safety as our first consideration. All housing locations are selected in areas of low crime and have been researched thoroughly by the Globalized Citizen staff.
Globalized Citizen Staff and representatives will be present and available throughout the Study Abroad Program. All of Globalized Citizen’s highly qualified and experienced English-speaking staff are responsible for essential health and safety duties, including:
Upon timely arrival, on-site transportation and orientation services will be provided. During the initial 24 hours upon the official start of the program, a mandatory orientation will be held to review safety and health information, remind participants of cultural taboos and differences, and begin establishing a personal relationship with all participants to encourage an open and honest environment. Throughout the study abroad experience, on-site staff will convey to participants what practices can be dangerous, which areas on the city are best avoided, and provide updated contact information for accommodations, local authorities and police, fire and 911 services, etc.
Globalized Citizen will intervene when students are at risk of harm. We will respond and assist participants in the following scenarios:
If a student is faced with an incident that represents a serious health risk or jeopardizes the continued participation of the Globalized Citizen program, parents/guardians may be notified.
It is common for travelers to fall ill while abroad due to environmental changes. New food and water systems and levels of stress may present a factor in these common illnesses. Globalized Citizen staff are well trained to respond to these types of illnesses but participants may request additional medical attention.
During any emergency affecting one or more individual participants, Globalized Citizen maintains regular communication with all involved parties (e.g., participants, victims and families) and home university officials as appropriate. Though not a university, Globalized Citizen strives to comply with best practices and federal regulations and policies mandated for U.S. universities, to ensure the utmost health, safety and privacy of our participants.
During any emergency affecting the entire Globalized Citizen group, pre-established communications through SMS, Facebook, and emails have proven to be most effective, efficient, and time sensitive. Such communication details will be discussed repeated during orientation and throughout the Globalized Citizen Study Abroad experience.
Parents, use the checklist below to help prepare your student for their international experience. Additional content is provided in the Pre-Departure course your student will take after enrolling into a program. If you have any questions, please contact us.
Globalized Citizen does not require any specific vaccinations to participate on a study abroad program. However, you should consult with your personal medical professional for information pertaining to vaccinations.
In order to study abroad, you will need a valid passport that does not expire within six months of entering the host country. U.S. Citizens can obtain a free 30 day tourist visa upon arrival. For non U.S. students, please consult your local embassy to receive accurate visa requirement information.
Sending a loved one abroad can be a daunting experience. While Globalized Citizen cannot control local perceptions on international visitors in our sites abroad, we provide participants with an extensive amount of health and safety information prior to departure and upon orientation. We also dive deeply into cultural taboos, differences, and ways of life so that we do not offend nor remain ignorant of local traditions. Respect for people of cultural differences goes a long way and we encourage discussion with your traveling loved ones to remain open minded and accepting of different cultural norms while abroad.
Large-scale emergencies, such as natural disasters or terrorist attacks, are not possible to predict and can make travel to a new country seem even more intimidating. Globalized Citizen on-site staff is prepared to support participants in the event of an on-site emergency. Our first priority is the physical safety of all individuals involved with the Globalized Citizen Study Abroad Programs. As crises unfold, our on-site directors provide participants with as detailed recommendations as possible, based on the information provided by local authorities. Students are encouraged to check their phones, email and Facebook group pages frequently for updates on what actions to take and what behaviors to avoid in the immediate aftermath of an on-site crisis.
Traveling can sometimes be tough on the body, but it is also a uniquely rewarding experience! We encourage all participants to speak to their physicians and mental health professionals about the physical and emotional stress of studying and traveling abroad. Your physician will determine if there needs to be any extra medical precautions that the participant and our Globalized Citizen support staff should be aware of. If your participant is currently taking any medications, consult the physician or mental health professional to determine how much medication should be safe to bring abroad. Also be aware of the international drug laws to monitor which particular medications may have difficulty crossing international customs and airport securities. You can get more information on international drug restrictions here.
A detailed declaration of medical information upon application will help the Globalized Citizen on-site staff accommodate for participants with chronic health conditions, food allergies, and other special needs. We ask all of our participants to be as honest and straightforward as possible when completing the medical form so we can properly prepare and educate our staff to best fit requests.
SelectWisely.com is a great source of information for travelers with food allergies. The website offers customized translation cards and allows travelers to select among 25 allergy-causing foods and a variety of languages.
Most university participants of the Globalized Citizen Study Abroad Programs are of legal drinking age. We do not prohibit alcohol consumption. The Globalized Citizen orientation upon arrival will address unsafe or risky behavior related to alcohol. Participants are encouraged to carefully monitor their own alcohol consumption and act responsibly. They are cautioned to only drink in the company of trusted friends and host locals and never drink to the point of inebriation or loss of control. Participants who abuse the use of alcohol that put their own safety or that of their program peers at risk are warned that they could be dismissed from the Globalized Citizen Program if their misbehavior continues.
Globalized Citizen participants are given advice on-site about which areas of the city to avoid at certain times and how to carry one’s belongings in such a way as to deter theft. While it would be impossible to stop all crimes involving participants from occurring, there are basic practices that can help to minimize risk. At orientation, Globalized Citizen on-site staff address specific techniques and tactics to help travelers avoid common pitfalls. In general, leaving valuable (and flashy) items at home and trying to blend in with the local population in dress and attitude is one way to avoid being targeted.
Because of differences in sexual and gender norms, discrimination or harassment may differ from country to country. Especially relevant for female travelers, some consistent themes related to sexuality and unwanted attention while abroad is as follows:
Globalized Citizen stresses the importance of maintaining sobriety and remaining with trusted friends while out late at night. It is also critical for travelers to trust their instinct in the occurrence of questionable situations. If participants feel like they are in an unsafe situation, regardless of cultural norms or politeness, they should leave the situation and seek out help.
In the event of rape of sexual assault, Globalized Citizen encourages our participants to contact on-site staff immediately so we can offer help and support. Participants will be referred to sources of medical attention and counseling if desired.
Travelers are sure to encounter situations abroad that they have not encountered at home. Additionally, linguistic and cultural barriers can make even familiar situations seem more difficult. Being as informed as possible about local political and social situations can help students to avoid problems abroad. Globalized Citizen participants are strongly encouraged to join the U.S. State Department Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) prior to departure.
Registration allows travelers to receive warnings from the U.S. State Department about upcoming events in their host country and be formally recognized as an American citizen. Non-U.S. citizens are still eligible to register for the travel and safety alerts.