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Monitoring World Events

The U. S. State Department regularly issues updated Travel Advisories to guide travel decisions according to safety for American citizens. Students are prohibited from traveling on university-related programs to countries with Risk Level 4.  Students who wish to study abroad in a country at Risk Level 3 must seek approval.

Students who are already abroad may be required to return to the U.S. if the Department of State issues a Level 4 warning that applies to the country in which they are studying. The University will work with these students, their families and the programs to decide the best course of action at that time. Read a complete list of all current advisories on the Department of State’s Travel Advisories page.

What Students Abroad Should Do

In the event that a situation arises where a high risk has been identified, follow these steps:

  1. All students should register with the U.S. Embassy in their host country upon (or before) arrival.
  2. All students should check Alert Traveler on their phones and/or laptops to stay abreast of conditions in your location.
  3. Contact your program administrators on site.
  4. If for any reason you are unable to reach your program director or staff, you should call the Montclair State International Academic Initiatives Office at 973-655-6862 or Campus Police at 973-655-5222
  5. You should keep a list of emergency contact numbers (such as your on-site contacts, Aetna OnCall, and emergency U.S. contacts) on you at all times while abroad.  In the event you are unable to reach the Office of International Academic Initiatives, please have a representative (parent, friend) reach the Office to update the staff on your circumstances.
  6. All students should also contact the U.S. Embassy or consulate in your host country for further instructions.
  7. Students should also contact the emergency number on their International Travel, Medical, and Security Assistance Coverage (Aetna OnCall) to make any necessary arrangements for departure and/or to get additional information.

The Office of International Academic Initiatives will work closely with you and your program and do everything in our power to assist you in the event of an emergency. Please contact us at any time if you or your parents have any questions.