Health and Safety

A students health & safety plays a pivotal role in the outcome of a successful study abroad experience.

Now more than ever, students must take responsibility for their own safety by staying informed and conducting themselves accordingly while abroad. Please take the following steps to help you prepare for a healthy & safe semester abroad.

  • As part of the application process students are required to meet with either their primary care physician and/or the Health & Wellness Center on campus.  Take this opportunity to ensure all your immunizations are up-to-date and ask what vaccinations are required (if any).  Please update us if there are any changes to your Health Clearance Form. Our partners abroad will contact the Center for International Programs first in times of an emergency so please keep us up-to-date 
  • Know and understand the international health insurance plan connected to your study abroad program prior to your departure
  • Review study abroad health and safety online resources.  Here are ones we like: Top 10 Health & Safety Concerns  and U.S. Department of State - Students Abroad
  • The Center for International Programs closely monitors the US Department of State site for any possible security issues.  For the latest travel warnings, visit
  • Know where the US Embassy or Consulate is in your host country. They are your advocates while you are abroad and provide useful assistance in emergencies. It is advisable to register at the Consular section of the nearest US embassy or consulate.
  • IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY: Your Host Country Program Director is your first point of contact, carry his/her contact information with you at all times.  Students should also use the following contact information at Saint Mary's:
During Business Hours
Center for International Program-(925) 631-4352 or (925) 631-4107
24/7, 365 days a year
SMC Public Safety- (925) 631- 4282