Health and Safety

When Lasell College students study abroad, their health, safety and security are the top priority for the Office of International Services. There are always inherent risks in international travel and while the College cannot guarantee student safety abroad, every reasonable precaution is taken to enhance the safety of our students. The Office of International Services, in collaboration with the study abroad providers, offers in-person meetings, program-specific resources, and pre-departure and in-country orientations, all of which allow students to be equipped with the necessary tools and knowledge required to be independent, safe and responsible global citizens.

Preparing To Go Abroad
A study abroad experience is both extremely rewarding and can be a time of some challenges as students adjust to new schedules, routines, eating habits, and unfamiliar cultural norms. It is important for students to prepare to manage their health prior to departure and throughout their experience abroad. A healthy mind and body are essential for a successful education abroad experience. Students are also encouraged to review all resources carefully to prepare for any health issues that may emerge while they are abroad and meet with the Office of International Services to address any health and safety concerns they may have. All students enrolled in a study abroad program review and sign a waiver of liability prior to their departure, which covers the legal, academic, and cultural differences involved in foreign study.  

Medical & Health Insurance While Abroad
Some form of health insurance is required for students who study abroad.

  • Students who participate in an approved study abroad program through a study abroad program provider will be automatically enrolled in the health insurance provided by the program. There is no additional cost for this coverage and it lasts for the duration of the program. Further details regarding the plans are provided to the student after acceptance into a program, and can also be found on the study abroad programs' respective websites.
  • Some of Lasell's direct-enroll study abroad programs do not offer health insurance so students are required to submit a letter from their insurance company certifying that they have international coverage. These programs include Lasell's partner institutions: Franklin University, Letterkenny Institute of Technology, and Universidad Veracruzana, in addition to London College of Fashion, Paris American Academy, Charles University, and the American College of Greece.
  • Students who have enrolled in Lasell College's Student Health Insurance Plan have international health insurance coverage.

If you have any questions regarding health insurance, please contact the Office of International Services.      

Medications and Immunizations
Many countries have their own policies regarding certain medications, even over-the-counter medications, so it's important to be aware of what those regulations are prior to departure.  Study abroad program providers will supply health and medical information after acceptance into a program; information can also be found on the Mobility Internationalwebsite.

Some suggestions to consider:

  • Bring an adequate supply of prescription medication to last the full term abroad.
  • Do not ship medications as they are likely to be held up in customs for an extended period of time or not arrive at all.
  • Bring medications in their original labeled containers along with copies of prescriptions
  • Know the generic names of medications. 

Students with Disabilities
Students with physical, emotional or learning disabilities will likely need to take special measures when planning a study abroad experience.  Appropriate accommodations and facilities that are commonplace in the United States may not be available in all locations. Students should discuss their needs with the Office of International Services as far in advance as possible for guidance.  Mobility International is a valuable resource for students with disabilities.  

Pre-Departure Orientation
All students participating in a study abroad program must attend the Pre-Departure Orientation which is normally held on Reading Day during the semester before they depart. The exact date and time will be announced to student well in advance of their departure.

This orientation covers critically important information regarding health, safety, and cultural adjustment issues as well as important Lasell procedures, such as enrollment and credits. Facilitated by Office of International Services staff and returned study abroad students known as Global Ambassadors, this orientation prepares students for some of the issues they may face while away and provides an opportunity for students to meet with others going abroad.  

Travel Registration
The Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) is a free service provided by the U.S. government to U.S. citizens traveling abroad. STEP allows Americans abroad to receive updates from the nearest embassy or consulate and allows the Department of State to better assist you in an emergency.

Chubb is the insurance carrier for Lasell College and they offer an app that contains valuable international information. The app allows travelers easy access to information about the country to which they are traveling (weather, travel warnings, medical providers, etc.) and it can be found in the iTunes or GooglePlay stores, as well as at  To register, students will need their Lasell email address and the Lasell policy number: PHFD37919810.  

Students participating in study abroad will register for the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program and the Chubb travel app at the mandatory Pre-Departure Orientation.  

Staying Safe Abroad

  • Make sure you always carry the emergency contact numbers for your on-site coordinator, the U.S. embassy/consulate, and the police.
  • Stay informed of the current political situation in your host country by using the local media. Consult the U.S. Department of State travel advisories.
  • Use alcohol wisely and never use illegal drugs. Impaired judgement puts you at increased risk for accident, injury, and crime.
  • Do not walk alone at night.
  • Be aware of local laws and act in a responsible manner.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Know your local 911. For a full list of emergency numbers abroad, visit 911 Abroad
  • Ask the on-site program staff for location specific health and safety advice.  

At Pre-Departure Orientation, students are provided with the emergency number of their study abroad program and the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate.

In the case of an emergency, students should contact the local emergency assistance number provided by the study abroad program on-site staff.

Students may also contact the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate in their study abroad location by using this site or calling these numbers:

  • Call 24/7 Assist US Consular Affairs Services collect from Abroad: 1-202-501-4444
  • If calling from the USA: 1-888-407-4747  

In the event of a student emergency, terrorism attack, political crisis, or natural disaster, the Office of International Services staff will be in close contact with students who are potentially impacted, study abroad program providers, parents/guardians, medical and security insurance providers, and/or US Embassies and Consulates as necessary.

Students and parents may also contact Lasell's Office of International Services at 617-243-2398 or If calling outside of business hours of Monday- Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, please contact the Lasell College Office of Public Safety at 617-243-2279. Provide a phone number for call back and as much detail as possible about the emergency situation.    

Additional Resources:

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