Safety Precautions for MD Students Studying Abroad
At NYU Grossman School of Medicine, we consider your safety while abroad to be a top priority. We reserve the right to restrict student travel to sites listed on the U.S. State Department’s travel warnings list, as well as any other sites deemed dangerous or inappropriate by NYU’s Department of Public Safety.
If you are traveling to a low-resource country or are traveling for longer than two weeks, you need worldwide health insurance. NYU Grossman School of Medicine has a group plan, and registration details are provided after your project or elective has been approved. If you are pursuing a research elective, this cost may be included with your funding.
The International Health Program office keeps in contact with you while you are abroad through weekly emails. You are asked to summarize your progress, problems, and plans. Depending on internet access or cell network availability, you may also keep in contact via text messaging, WhatsApp, or Skype.
All students are also required to register with NYU Traveler, a database maintained by NYU’s Office of Global Programs. This system gives you real-time alerts in case of events that may affect your safety. It can also be used to communicate with you in the rare case that evacuation is necessary.
Before you depart, you participate in a workshop that covers basic safety and security precautions for travelers and also prepares you to live and work in a different cultural setting. Read more about our International Travel policy.