Health & Safety

Health & Safety 

Student safety and well-being are the primary concerns of the Center for Global Education (CGE) and our international education partners.  CGE complies with the best practices in the field of education abroad including those endorsed by NAFSA: Association of International Educators and the Forum on Education Abroad.  The following sections cover topics related to health & safety while abroad.

Emergency Contact Information

CGE office: +1 (320) 363-5952 (Monday-Friday, 8:30am-4:30pm)

After hours emergency: CSB Security +1 (320) 363-5000; SJU Life Safety +1 (320) 363-2144

Zurich Travel Assist 24/7 Travel Assistance: +1-866-224-0146 (from inside the U.S.) or +1-416-645-4682 (from outside the U.S.)

State Department of State Overseas Citizens Services:
Inside the US: +1 (888)407-4747
From Overseas: +1 (202) 501-4444
Resources for Getting Help in an Emergency

Other Information 

COVID-19 Information 

Traveling during an ongoing pandemic poses new and different challenges. Students must be prepared to remain aware of the changing situation in their host environment, and they must agree to take responsibility to ensure they are acting in accordance with the rules, regulations, and recommendations of their host communities.  There will be special policies, different expectations, and new rules in place within any program and in any host environment, as a result of Covid-19.

CSB+SJU require all participants on CSB+SJU sponsored international activities to be fully vaccinated and boosted against Covid-19 prior to their departure date. This is for the protection of participants, staff members, and local communities.  Most countries now require proof of COVID-19 vaccination for entry into the country.  In many countries proof of vaccination is required to enter many venues including classrooms, student housing, museums, theaters, and restaurants.  Unvaccinated participants will be unable to participate fully in the global education programming.  Please note that global education programming is an optional choice and not a CSB+SJU graduation requirement.

International Medical & Accident Insurance 

CSB+SJU policy requires students to maintain enrollment in their primary health coverage plan during their time abroad. In addition to their primary U.S. health insurance plan, the Center for Global Education will automatically enroll study abroad students in comprehensive international medical and accident insurance provided by Zurich Insurance Company.  This insurance policy provides tele-med medical & mental health services, along with coverage for in-country medical care. In addition, this insurance covers emergency medical evacuation, natural disaster and political unrest evacuation, and repatriation of remains. This insurance goes above and beyond U.S. healthcare coverage.  The cost of the international travel insurance is determined by the length of the program and will be incorporated into the overall cost of the program.  This international insurance policy will only cover students during the official program dates.  If students plan to travel after their study abroad program, we encourage them to secure additional international health insurance coverage for any leisure travel outside the official program dates. More information on the policy and the reimbursement process.

Accessing Health Resources 

Students are encouraged to anticipate, reflect on, and prepare for your overall wellness and specific physical and mental health needs while studying abroad.  The [email protected] site has numerous tips and tools for students on mental and physical health.  Zurich Travel Assistance helps travelers be the best they can be during transition and throughout their journey abroad. Zurich Travel Assist is here to mitigate emergencies through accessible psychological care administered by US based specialists.  Students can access the remote mental health counseling services 24/7 by calling +1-800-667-2523 (from inside the US) or +1-416-977-8305 (from outside of the US).

Study abroad health and safety information for all Minnesota postsecondary institutions is available on the Minnesota Office of Higher Education's website.