What will I need?
Risk Management is the final step in the SCSU Study Abroad process, and it takes place shortly after students have completed their Course Pre-Approval Form and are finalizing travel plans. Students meet with the OIE Assistant Director and Study Abroad Advisor, Brendan Walsh, either in groups or individually, depending on the length of study and whether or not it is a faculty-directed course abroad. We will discuss the OIE’s comprehensive Risk Management packet, as well as the CDC and State Department information for travelers to the specific host country.
Risk Management Session and Packet
During the risk management meeting, students are provided with the Confidential Risk Management Packet, the Health Clearance Form, and a checklist of all necessary supplementary documents.
The Risk Management session covers Emergency Contact Information and FERPA waivers, the SCSU Code of Conduct and student conduct violations, insurance and liability, Disability Resources and S.A.R.T., and the CDC and State Department Travel Information. Students are encouraged to ask questions at any point during the session, as well as voice any concerns specific to the student regarding medications, vaccinations, or particular dangers of the host country.
SCSU Study Abroad Health Clearance Form
Following the Risk Management session, students must make an appointment with SCSU Health Services to ensure he or she meets all health requirements, has up-to-date medical records, and is fit to study abroad. The SCSU Study Abroad Health Clearance Form is provided at the time of the Risk Management session.
Copies of Passport and Insurance Cards, and Packet Notarization
When the form has been completed, students must meet with a Notary Public to have the final page of the packet notarized. Notary Publics are available in most banks and post offices, and we are often able to request notary services on campus if adequate planning is provided. After notarizing the packet, the OIE makes copies of student passports and domestic insurance cards, and also takes two passport-sized photos for use in the packet.