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Health, Safety, and Security

Our highest priority is the health, safety, and security of our students. Our staff has dealt with international crises in the past, and we continue to maintain standard practices as we monitor the status of current and future programs. We evaluate all public announcements and advisories given by the U.S. State Department ( In addition, we remain in frequent contact with our resident directors and faculty directors at our program sites, and, if necessary, consult with other study abroad professionals administering programs at those same sites.

The Institute for Global Studies works closely with medical professionals in the UD Student Health Services office to provide students on study abroad programs with appropriate health information related to their travel destinations. In addition, we monitor the advice provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and encourage all travelers to do the same. With regard to the recent Zika virus outbreak, we encourage students and families to stay informed via the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Department of State, the World Health Organization, and International SOS. We will continue to monitor the situation and, as always, prioritize student health, safety, and security when selecting and approving new travel study destinations.



please note that no UD study abroad programs or groups are scheduled to travel to affected countries. We will continue to monitor the situation and, as always, prioritize student health, safety, and security when selecting and approving new travel study destinations.


At this time no University of Delaware programs have been cancelled due to current international tensions. While we have no immediate plans to cancel programs, we will evaluate programs on a case by case basis and determine their feasibility based on information gleaned from the State Department, our faculty and staff abroad, international education colleagues at other U.S. colleges and universities, and multiple news sources.

Our guiding principle with regard to program cancellation will be whether there is a clear and present danger to students at the program site, and whether local circumstances are affecting the students and program activities over a sustained period. We are optimistic that our current and upcoming programs will take place as planned.

If you have further concerns about your student, please do not hesitate to contact us at 302-831-2852 or



Minimizing Risk & Preparing for Crisis Overseas

These precautions make sense any time we have students abroad, but they have become even more relevant in recent weeks.

  • Make sure you have your student's contact information abroad, and know how to place an international phone call. Write down the time difference between your home and your student's location.
  • Consider allowing your student to purchase a cell phone while abroad; make sure you know how to call the cell phone from the U.S.
  • Establish a regular schedule of communication via phone and/or e-mail, and develop a contingency plan in case of emergency (who will call whom and where, alternate phone numbers of family or friends if yours are busy).
  • If any of your contact information has changed recently, call the Institute for Global Studies at 302-831-2852 or e-mail to ensure that we have your correct daytime phone number and email address.
  • Ask your student to send you information on their travel plans during program free periods and to give you the names of other students in the group with whom they're traveling.
  • Keep abreast of current events at the sites where your student is living or traveling. Remember that American media will give a different perspective than in-country media. You may want to refer to these or other Web resources for a balanced view.
  • Please don't hesitate to contact the Institute for Global Studies if you have any concerns (302-831-2852,



University Code of Conduct

In order to promote the finest educational experience possible, the University of Delaware has established high standards of conduct for its students and student organizations. Individual students and student organizations are expected to know and comply with the policies in the Code of Conduct. Students who violate, attempt to violate, or aid others in violating its provisions may face sanctions for their actions. This Student Guide explains University standards and procedures.

Learn more at University Code of Conduct >



Agreement and Release Form

Once you have been accepted, go to the online portal and read and agree to the terms of the general agreement and release form. Students who have not completed this step will not be permitted to participate in a program.

A copy of the Agreement and Release form is available FOR READING ONLY here as a PDF document, but DO NOT PRINT this version. It will only be accepted by IGS from students under age 18, who must obtain the signature of a parent or guardian.



Mandatory Pre-Departure Orientation Meetings

These orientation / pre-departure meetings require a total commitment of 4-5 hours. The meetings are required to prepare you for your program. They include details related to expectations, conduct, housing, food, weather, and travel etc. University study abroad policy requires that the course content be taught while you are abroad (not before you leave). Although these meetings are not specifically course-related, they are required.

Orientation Meeting Listings >



  • Institute for Global Studies  •  Clayton Hall, 100 David Hollowell Drive  •   Newark, DE 19716, USA
    Phone: (302) 831-2852  •   Fax: (302) 831-6042  •   © 2016