Health and Safety


After careful consideration, CMU Leadership made the decision to cancel study abroad for spring semester 2021.  COVID-19 cases continue to increase in the U.S. and abroad and, therefore, the U.S. State Department and the Centers for Disease Control have issued advisories to reconsider travel.  This decision was made with the highest care and concern for the health and safety of CMU students abroad.

Preparations for summer and fall 2021 study abroad continue and conditions in the host countries will be monitored.  A decision about travel for summer study abroad will be made in February.

You may follow health and travel information for your destination on the following websites:

U.S. State Department

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

World Health Organization (WHO)


  • Safety Abroad Video
  • U.S. State Department provides valuable information for U.S. citizens traveling abroad.  There is a special website for:
  • Stay Safe!  on the CMU Police website offers safety tips and safety videos.  TheStay Safe! Information will provide important information to be prepared for an active shooter whether you are in the United States or abroad.
  • It is important that each student take responsibility for his/her own safety by staying informed and making wise decisions.

Laptop/Technology Safety

It has been widely publicized that laptops and cell phones can easily be hacked, especially when using public WiFi.  Read the FBI WiFi Security Advice to protect yourself.


  • All students must submit a Health Clearance form to travel abroad.  The form will be provided to all students online.  You have the option to request health clearance from your personal physician or you may make an appointment with a physician at CMU Health Services.
  • CMU's Travel Health Clinic can assess travelers' health needs based on destination and health history. Immunizations are  administered, typically at a more affordable cost than off campus.  All students studying or traveling abroad are encouraged to visit the CMU Travel Health Clinic.
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides online health information, including country-specific travel health and immunization information.
  • The World Health Organization (WHO) produces a report with information about main health risks for travelers by country.
  • The Centers for Disease Control/Travelers Health offers an online Travel Health Clinic Locator and provides useful information regarding health risks, vaccinations and other travel health-related resources.
  • Physical and dental exam.  As a precaution, it is recommended that all students have a physical and a dental exam prior to departure. Students who are on medication should request that the prescription be filled for the entire study abroad period. Students who may need medical care while abroad should inform the CMU study abroad staff in advance. 
  • Study abroad insurance.  All students are enrolled in the CMU group policy through GEO Blue that provides health, medical evacuation and repatriation insurance for the study abroad program start/end dates. Your CMU student account will be. billed for the cost of insurance.