It is no more possible to guarantee a student’s safety abroad than it is to do so here on our campus in Valparaiso. Prior to their participation in a Study Abroad program, all participants go through pre-departure orientations, which emphasize the behaviors and precautions they can take to reduce their risk. Many problems can be avoided by using common sense and good judgement. For your part, you can research the destinations on your loved one’s itinerary. Rest assured, we in International Programs – Study Abroad are doing the same (and then some), and we will not send students to a dangerous area. Additionally, all of our programs have 24/7 on-site/local staff who are able to assist our students, faculty, and staff. International Programs – Study Abroad maintains an on-call response team and has emergency response protocols in place to support our programs and students whatever the problem may be.