Crisis Communications in Our New World: Guidelines for Colleges & Universities

In the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris and Brussels, colleges and universities are seeing the value in aligning their communications protocols with their travel risk management initiatives now more than ever. But are you confident your students know how to tell you they’re safe—and reach out for help—during a crisis abroad?  Here are…

On Call in Action: Accident on Spring Break

Whether you’re traveling for business, school, or pleasure, it’s safe to say that things don’t always go as planned. (Good thing you always remember to pack your On Call card!) But here’s the thing: unless you’ve actually experienced a travel emergency (a broken leg, lost prescription, stolen passport, or even a legal mix-up), it’s hard to imagine how travel assistance…

The Consummate Host: How Institutions Can Protect Inbound Student Safety

The statistics revealed in the 2015 Open Doors Report demonstrate just how internationalized U.S. higher education has become: not only has the number of study abroad students more than tripled over the last few decades, but the number of international students at U.S. colleges and universities experienced the highest rate of growth in thirty-five years. In fact a record…

Studying Abroad in Our New World: Safety Tips for Your Students

Post last updated on 10/24/17. On September 14, 2017 the U.S. State Department issued a worldwide travel alert cautioning U.S. citizens of possible risks of travel due to increased terrorist threats. Clearly, there are far more travel risks now than ever before. Many students will still choose to study abroad during their college years, so…

What Makes a Well Prepared Study Abroad Candidate?

We recently hosted a webinar, Mitigating Travel Risks with University Policies and Procedures, in conjunction with URMIA, as part of their Risky Business Week. In this webinar our Chief Security Officer, Jim Hutton, discussed the characteristics of a well-prepared study abroad candidate and what universities can do to help mitigate risks when students travel abroad….

On Call in Action: A Theft Abroad

Whether you’re traveling for business, school, or pleasure, it’s safe to say that things don’t always go as planned. (Good thing you always remember to pack your On Call card!) But here’s the thing: unless you’ve actually experienced a travel emergency (a broken leg, lost prescription, stolen passport, or even a legal mix-up), it’s hard to imagine how travel assistance…

Webinar Recap: Mitigating Travel Risks with University Policies and Procedures

Recently we teamed up with URMIA to give international travel risk professionals an inside look at what a well-prepared study abroad candidate looks like. During this webinar, our Chief Security Officer, Jim Hutton, drew from his 30+ years in security and risk management to provide insights on how to properly align policies, procedures and people…

This Year’s Top Trends in Study Abroad

If you’re responsible for international travel risk management at your institution, you’ll probably find the Institute of International Education (IIE)’s Open Doors Report to be a helpful resource. Published annually in partnership with the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs, the report is comprised through surveys sent to approximately 3,000 accredited…

International Collegiate Sports: Travel Risks and How to Manage Them

There are many positives to mixing school sports with international travel (the expansion of the institution’s brand and the opportunity for athletes to become more cultured, to name a few), but as with any international travel there are also some risks. For instance, what if an athlete were injured in a serious motor vehicle accident?…

On Call in Action: Malaria Scare

Whether you’re traveling for business, school, or pleasure, it’s safe to say that things don’t always go as planned. (Good thing you always remember to pack your On Call card!) But here’s the thing: unless you’ve actually experienced a travel emergency (a broken leg, lost prescription, stolen passport, or even a legal mix-up), it’s hard to imagine how travel assistance…