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Global Safety and Security

Global Health

International travel involves being responsible for one's health and safety.  Belmont recommends that students consult the CDC and WHO websites listed below for information about health issues related to travel. 

The best way to protect yourself during international travel is to be informed of the latest health information for your destination, to consult with your personal physician on which vaccinations or medicines you may need, and to practice safe personal hygiene while abroad.

In recent years the number of internationally required vaccines has dropped and a more prudent "responsible for one's own health" scenario has emerged.  While some vaccines may be required by certain countries, many now have recommended vaccinations that may vary by geographic location, contact with local people, and the quality of your housing and food accommodations.

Find out the recommended vaccines/preventative medicines for your country of destination, consult with your study abroad program director, and then schedule an appointment with your physician.  

Belmont's Student Health Services can also advise on and give vaccinations for many travel-related needs.

CDC Travelers' Health

World Health Organization (WHO) Global Outbreak Alert & Response Network


Safety and Security

The safety and security of students are always of utmost priority for Belmont University and all Belmont on Mission trips, particularly given international developments over the past few years. These concerns have been intensified by recent changes in real and perceived threats to U.S. citizens, both at home and abroad. Events since September 2001 have affected many aspects of all overseas programs. National and international security issues necessitate that you respect safety recommendations and security policies established by your sponsoring organization and the U.S. Embassy in the country of your destination.
While there is no reason to assume that traveling internationally will compromise your safety, you must be sure to follow safety guidelines provided by your trip leader at all times. Your leader will go over security policies and advice in depth during their orientation and we advise you to follow these carefully. Always inform your trip leader of any incidents that may arise. 

Note: The U.S. State Department has advised Americans traveling anywhere to remain inconspicuous for their own safety, and we strongly support this advice. You are advised to keep a “low profile” wherever you may travel. Pay attention to culturally appropriate dress and behavior. Keep your voice down and avoid congregating in large, noisy groups, and avoid US entities considered symbols of US capitalism. Use restraint in situations that could get out of hand; your personal safety is far more important than your “honor” or your need to express yourself.

U.S. State Department links: