All Ithaca College programs and the program providers with which we work are extremely concerned with the safety of our students. Emergency procedures are always in place for worst case scenarios and all programs operate with an on-site director who is the first point of contact for emergency situations - be they personal or political. Ithaca College students are not permitted to participate in programs that take place in countries for which the U.S. Department of State has issued travel warnings, though students may still do so by taking a leave of absence.
Students are always debriefed during study abroad orientation sessions concerning safety and security issues specific to the countries where they will be. The U.S. Department of State site is an excellent resource for researching these matters. Being well informed before they travel will help students to have a hassle-free time while overseas. Learning as much about a country before-hand is always a good idea. We have provided links the U.S. Department of State as well as to newspapers from around the world to help you familiarize yourself with current events in specific countries.