Travel Safety Resources

Non-SMC travel health and safety resources are an essential part of our risk assessment and preparedness for Jan Term Travel experiences. 


A comprehensive international travel website is maintained by the U.S. Department of State for all countries, listing all current and past travel alerts and warnings. Here you can find information on crime, safety, medical facilities, entry/exit requirements, and much more, including safety bulletins as soon as they are issued. 

The Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) provides the Jan Term Program Director and staff with regular updates on international security issues, particularly as they affect U.S. private sector interests worldwide; these updates are routinely shared with the SMC Risk Assessment Committee. OSAC was created in 1985 under the Federal Advisory Committee Act to promote security cooperation between U.S. private sector interests worldwide and the U.S. Department of State. A primary goal of OSAC is to develop an effective security communication network, consequently, OSAC invites all U.S. businesses, academia, faith-based groups, and non-governmental organizations to become constituents. The activities of OSAC are determined to be in the public interest and are directly related to overseas security functions of the Department of State. 

The World Health Organization (WHO) is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. It is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy options, providing technical support to countries and monitoring and assessing health trends. Jan Term Program staff monitor WHO updates as part of our work for the SMC Risk Assessment Committee. 

The Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) is a free service to allow U.S. citizens and nationals traveling abroad to enroll their trip with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate. The benefits of enrolling in STEP: you'll receive important information from the U.S. Embassy about safety conditions in your destination country, and you'll help the U.S. Embassy to contact you in an emergency, whether natural disaster, civil unrest or family emergency.