Health & Safety Resources

Warning sign Worldwide Caution Alert

Updated by the U.S. Department of State

The Office of International Education is closely monitoring current world events to ensure the safety of all of Marquette study abroad students. Please click above to view the guidelines and policies that have been communicated to students currently overseas regarding the recent Worldwide Caution Alert.

Safety Resources and Procedures

Safety abroad is of primary importance to the Office of International Education. While we cannot guarantee the safety of those traveling abroad, we will do our best to provide the tools for prevention and resources to use in the case of an incident abroad. Therefore, we have instituted the following policies and procedures:

Students Are:

  • Given a comprehensive pre-departure orientation, both online and in-person, covering Safe travel tips and information related to health and safety in their country of study. This includes information on what to do in case of an emergency, and an emergency card that provides information such as international 911 equivalents for their host country and U.S. Embassy contact information.
  • Enrolled by the Office of International Education in the U.S. Department of State Smart Traveler Enrollment Program
  • Enrolled in our mandatory international health and security insurance plan through GeoBlue

Faculty and staff are:

Office of International Education staff are constantly monitoring multiple sources of world information, including that from the U.S. Department of State, Overseas Security Advisory Council, International SOS and our insurance company, GeoBlue International.

  • Office of International Education maintains a 24/7 emergency line, which can be contacted via
    (414) 288-1911

In the event of a major incident abroad where we currently or routinely have students, faculty or staff, we will:

  • Immediately reach out to any students, faculty or staff near the affected area using multiple methods of communication (email, phone, social media, etc.)
  • Notify emergency contacts via email that we are aware of the situation and have reached out to the students
  • Inform campus emergency contacts of those in the affected location

In the event of a real emergency involving a Marquette student, faculty or staff member, we have established specific policies and procedures, depending upon the type of event. In an emergency, we will:

  • Reach out directly to the affected student, faculty or staff member
  • Work with our partners abroad and international insurance company to provide services and resources as necessary
  • Notify the Student Emergency Response Team (SERT) and Campus Police, where appropriate
  • Notify the participant's emergency contacts only in the case of severe injury, major mental health concern, incapacitation, or overnight hospitalization
  • Work with on-campus and community resources to provide services and support upon return to campus

Health Resources

You will be encountering many physical and environmental changes while abroad. If you plan ahead and take preventative measures and precautions, you can reduce the risks of unfavorable health consequences. If you will have specific health care needs while abroad, you should share this information with your Education Abroad Coordinator and your study abroad program. They can help you access care and services while you are abroad and alert you to differences in care and services in your host country.