In order for you to participate in your planned study abroad activity, it is mandatory for you to view the UNF Safety Video.
The UNF Safety Video can also be found in your Study Abroad Online Application.
The password to view the video is: unfstudyabroad
If you intend to travel before or after your study abroad program dates, please upload the Release of Liability to your myWings study abroad application for the International Center to approve your personal travel.
Release of Liability
No matter where you travel, you will need your Passport.
You can get a new U.S. passport or renew your current passport,check current cost, estimated processing times, track your current passport application, and report your passport lost or stolen using the U.S. Department of State's.website.
If you are a dual citizen, an International Student, or a citizen of another country, you will want to consult with a Study Abroad Advisor in the UNF International Center. You may need additional documentation and or a visa to travel to your Host Country.
Depending on where your study abroad takes place, your citizenship, and length of your stay, you may need a visa before your departure. Make sure to review all destination(s) Entry & Exit Requirements within the Country Specific Information.
Also consider any additional travel you may want to do beyond your study abroad program. Do NOT book or make plans for a scheduled departure date before discussing your additional travel plans with your Study Abroad Advisor. Extending your stay prior to or after your study abroad program may have visa implications.
Obtaining a visa requires many steps and is a time sensitive process. Every country's visa process and regulations are different. Always start your planning early as some require in-person appointments to consulates in Miami, FL or Washington, D.C., some are available online or through the mail, and others are multi-step processes that could take months to process.
The best resource is to consult either the embassy or consulate's website to find out their requirements. Your Study Abroad Advisor can also help guide you with visa instructions based on the information you provide them ahead of time.
It is ultimately the students' responsibility to receive and obtain all necessary documents prior to departure.
Travel with your official acceptance letter from your host university.
Make copies of travel documents such as passports, airline tickets, driver's license, credit card and insurance information and leave them at home. Keep originals safely hidden when traveling.
In case your wallet or backpack is lost or stolen, keep a copy of your passport, airplane tickets, health insurance card, driver's license, student ID, etc. Store this information in a safe place, preferably not in the same place as the original documents and do not keep them with you. You may also want to leave a copy for your parents or emergency contacts back in the States or Canada and e-mail important numbers (like your passport number) to yourself so can access it at any time.
UNF policy requires all students studying abroad to have international accident/health insurance and emergency medical assistance for the UNF program dates and directly related travel time.
The UNF International Center also strongly recommends that students maintain emergency assistance and accident/health insurance for any personal travel abroad either before or after the UNF program dates.
The University maintains a current contract for international insurance services with Geoblue.
If you are currently abroad and need assistance with Geoblue insurance services, call +1-610-254-8771 (International Collect Calls Accepted).
In an emergency situation, you should ALWAYS seek immediate medical care, THEN contact GeoBlue once the situation has stabilized.
If you have an insurance policy that includes international coverage, or if you are interested in purchasing an international insurance policy with a provider other than Geoblue, please contact the UNF International Center for more information on minimum coverage requirements before purchasing alternate insurance.
The U.S. Department of State (USDOS) provides safety and security information for every country of the world to help you assess for yourself the risks of travel. Each country information page contains a Travel Advisory, Alerts, and other important details specific to that country that could affect you. Pay close attention to the entry and exit requirements, local laws and customs, health conditions, and other details to decide whether traveling to that country is right for you. You will also find the address and phone number of the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate. Take those with you in case of an emergency."
Prepare for a safe and healthy study abroad experience by following CDC's travel health tips for students.
Visit the CDC Travelers' Health website to learn about the health risks at your destination. Make an appointment with a doctor familiar with travel medicine, ideally at least 4-6 weeks before you leave. The doctor will review your medical history to make sure you get the right vaccinations, medicines, and information on safety. You should be up to date on all routine vaccinations (such as influenza, measles/mumps/rubella, and polio), and you may need other travel-related vaccines. If your study-abroad program lasts several months, you'll want to make sure that you've gotten all your routine health check-ups, like seeing your dentist, because the quality of dental and medical care may be different in host countries or more expensive than in the United States.
For prescriptions you must have on hand, bring a back-up to keep on your person at all times in case you get separate from your luggage. The law states that medication must be in its original containers and clearly labeled. Ask your doctor for a letter explaining the medication's purpose in case there's a problem.
The Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) is a free way for students to protect themselves in a case of an emergency, offered by the Bureau of Consular Affairs at the U.S. Department of State. By enrolling with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate, students will automatically receive important information about safety conditions in that country. In addition, the U.S. Embassy will contact students in case of a family emergency, natural disaster, or civil unrest.
Before you decide to study abroad it is always a good idea to look into all financial matters as the cost of living abroad can vary depending on the city you choose to live in and the ways in which you are able to exchange money.
In general, it is highly recommended that you extensively research the region and countries where you will live and travel as transferring cash can be different everywhere. You might want to take a look at How to Carry Cash Abroad.
The UNF Travel Clinic offers travel health information and appropriate vaccinations to students, faculty, and staff and is located in Building 39A , Room 2098.
Registered nurses provide consultations offering CDC recommended immunizations, medical precautions, travel safety and tips on accessing emergency medical care. Information is provided on general health risks of travel, risks of contracting diseases related to international travel and methods of prevention including vaccinations.
Consultations are free for current UNF students and includes an updated computerized report about health issues to consider while planning your trip, and resources for maintaining your health while abroad.
Please call The UNF Travel Clinic at (904) 620-2175 and make an appointment at least six weeks in advance of your departure date.
The services provided by SAS are for students with diagnosed disabilities that include, but are not limited to:
Conduct and the Student Ombuds aids in ensuring the campus remains a safe living and learning environment by holding students accountable for their behavior and taking the time to meet with students for all cases (both low level and high level) to help students change problematic behavior before it escalates - relate the issues to "real world" situations.
Know where the American embassies and consulates are and how to contact them. Carry the information with you at all times.
Find your nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate.
Having a local phone contact is vital in the case of an emergency. For your safety, provide that information to the UNF International Center within your first five days at your host location so you can be contacted in the case of an emergency.
Be sure to log into your myWings account and update your Emergency Contact Information. Log in to myWings, select Student Self Service tab, Personal Information, Update Emergency Contacts.
International Calling - Know how to make an international phone call. Make sure to identify the correct country and area codes.
When traveling abroad, your identities may be perceived and treated differently in your host country. As you begin planning your study abroad, consider and research how your identities may be impacted in a new culture or country. Below are some questions you may reflect upon as you prepare to study abroad.