Health and Safety Information

Travel Health

UC Davis Study Abroad provides the information below as a resource to students traveling abroad on study abroad programs. These links focus on student travel and/or resources that our study abroad participants have considered useful during the course of their programs.

*Note: the below resources are not UC- sponsored; we cannot assure the accuracy of the information nor the fulfillment of services provided.  

Because these links are very general, students must consult their specific program materials for information about health and safety on their program.


The safety of students, staff, faculty and administrators is the University of California, Davis’ highest priority. UC Davis has developed guidelines and plans to honor its commitment to, and responsibility for the welfare of its students, staff, faculty and administrators while operating in another country. Campus administrators and staff, and on-site program leaders routinely and responsibly monitor local and international conditions, and provide support, counseling, and safety information. They are trained and knowledgeable about safety procedures and protocols and are experienced with taking action quickly and safely. UC Davis Study Abroad programs are supported by a wide and diverse network that includes the University of California’s Office of the President, the Office of University Outreach and International Programs, the University-wide Office of Education Abroad Programs (UCEAP), UC Davis’ partner host universities and agencies throughout the world, local U.S. embassies and consulates, the U.S. Department of State, and other international student exchange programs at each site. Furthermore, every program has a carefully prepared security plan, and campus administrators and staff remain in continuous contact with students abroad and professionals supporting UC Davis study abroad programs.

UC Davis pledges all its available resources to respond responsibly and commensurately to any emergency that might occur for any of its members while abroad and on official business. UC Davis will cooperate whenever possible and warranted with all national, international and private organizations to fulfill its obligations towards its members.

Participants in UC Davis study abroad programs must carefully read all pre-departure materials, and pay attention to information presented at pre-departure orientations. Once abroad, they must attend an on-site orientation with an important health and safety component, ask questions, stay abreast of local developments, and behave responsibly. They must register with the local U.S. embassy and become familiar with on-site emergency plans.

The best way that students can prepare for a healthy and safe study abroad experience is to inform themselves about basic health and safety issues before leaving the U.S., and to make informed, responsible and reasonable decisions concerning health and safety once abroad. In addition to normal concerns over appropriate immunizations and vaccinations, potable drinking water, and safe sex, other dangers must be considered, such as alcohol- and drug-related injuries and assaults, traffic accidents, local infectious diseases, discrimination and harassment, etc.

The permanently staffed entry point for all emergencies is the UC Davis Campus Dispatch, 530-752-1230, from where emergency reports will be channeled to the appropriate offices(s).