Dear Belmont Study Abroad Participant,
With world events impacting our collective study abroad educational pursuits daily, it is important to keep abreast of what is happening. The U.S. Department of State has extended their Worldwide Caution for Americans traveling abroad, Worldwide Caution. The International Education Office staff wants you to know that we are here to help you should you need assistance.
While we realize that many situations are out of our control, as always information is power and we want you to be aware of some useful websites to gather information to help you in your decision-making. We are monitoring these sites regularly and keeping abreast of situations in country, which could impact your safety and security.
For health issues please refer to the CDC- Travelers' Health website and the WHO Communicable Disease Surveillance and Response website.
For travel advisories worldwide refer to the U.S. State Department.
For in country assistance consult the U.S. Embassy or Consulate nearest you.
For additional information about these and other issues, refer to your Belmont University Pre-Departure Handbook.
As students studying abroad you are encouraged to:
- Stay aware of current political events
- Be informed of the laws, customs and standards in the host country
- Avoid popular American tourist destinations such as American bars and discos and U.S. fast food restaurants
- Be inconspicuous in dress and demeanor
- Avoid political demonstrations
- Notify the on-site staff and the International Education Office before engaging in any travel outside the country of study
- Register with the U.S.State Department in country
- Always remain alert to your surroundings and the people with whom you have contact
- Stay in touch with family and friends and the International Education Office on a regular basis
Director of International Education