Travel & Safety
- U.S. State Department -- Travel Warnings & U.S. Consulate information
- U.S. Embassies -- Links to U.S. embassy information
- Tips for Students Studying Abroad -- Department of State Website
- Safety Abroad Handbook -- USC Center of Global Education's resources and preparation tips for students considering studying abroad
- National Center for Infectious Diseases -- Travelers' Health - Information on recommended vaccinations, current outbreaks and diseases
Denison reserves the right to withdraw its approval for study on an off-campus program if a State Department travel warning or a CDC or WHO travel advisory is in place for the program location at the start of the program. Withdrawal of approval for an off-campus study program bars a student from receiving Denison credit for the program and from applying financial aid to the program costs. To make certain that a student may make an informed decision regarding participation on a program, the issue of potential loss of Denison approval for an accepted program will be brought to the student’s attention as far in advance of the program start date as is feasible.
In the case of a State Department travel warning or a CDC or WHO travel advisory arising after a program has started, Denison will work closely with the educational partner and other informed parties to determine an appropriate course of action. In the case of requiring that a student return home, Denison will pursue reasonable steps with the educational partner to mitigate the financial and academic impact of such an action.
We insure our students through EIIA International Travel Insurance.
It is also highly recommended that at least one parent/guardian obtain a passport so that travel will not be unduly delayed in the case of a medical or personal emergency.
ComputersBest - Travel With Less Data
Take a new of freshly rebuilt computer and only load the data you will need for your term abroad. Encrypt the computer and if possible, travel without USB drives.
Good - Travel Encrypted
If you must take your regular notebook computer, verify that all software is up to date, that your data is backed up and encrypted, and remove data this is classified.
Cell PhonesBest - Find One There
Use a phone you won't need to use again. This might be a loaner you borrow in the country, an unlocked phone with a local SIM card, or a phone you buy or rent at the airport or hotel.
Good - Have a Plan
If you must use your own phone, back it up before you leave and ensure it is updated and secure. When you return, reset your device to factory defaults and restore from your backup.
Precautions when Traveling
- Don’t plug your phone into charger kiosks, there could be a hostile computer on the other end of that innocent-looking wire.
- Watch for those looking over your shoulder or potential thieves.
- Don’t leave your devices unattended. Hotel safes should not be considered secure.
- Use a Duo configuration other than phone call or text, such as the Duo mobile app or a U2F token.
Special Considerations for China
- Access to services we expect, like Gmail, G Suite, and Wikipedia, are often filtered or blocked.
- Skype connections may be monitored by the government.
- Those using VPNs report that they are often cut off for hours at a time, or blocked.
- Hotel staff and government officials can access hotel room safes.
When You Return
- Change your BigRedID password.
- If you brought your computer, save any documents created while traveling to an external source, and wipe/restore the computer.
Please see the bottom of this section for video resources as well.
Installing AlertTraveler® (iOS devices)Go to the Apple App Store on an iOS device and search for AlertTraveler® by name or follow this direct link. Once you find the app, download and install it on your iOS device. You will need to obtain an AlertTraveler® password before configuring the app (see "Registering AlertTraveler®" below).
In order for AlertTraveler® to be fully functional, allow Notifications, Location Services, and Health and Motion Services. In order to enable these services, you should respond as indicated below to the following messages during initial activation:
- "AlertTraveler Would Like to Send You Notifications" - Tap "Allow"
- "AlertTraveler Would Like to Access your Motion & Fitness Activity" - Tap "OK"
- "Allow 'AlertTraveler' to access your location while you use the app" - Tap "Allow"
- "Background location is not enabled" - Tap “Settings then tap "Location" and then select "Always".
Installing AlertTraveler® (Android devices)Go to the Google Play store on an Android device and search for AlertTraveler® by name or follow this direct link. Once you find the app, install it on your device. You will need to obtain an AlertTraveler® password before configuring the app (see "Registering AlertTraveler®" below).
In order for AlertTraveler®to be fully functional, you should allow location services. In order to enable these services, you should respond as indicated below to the following message during initial activation:
- "Allow AlertTraveler to access this device’s location?" - Tap "Allow"
Registering AlertTraveler®There are two ways to register for the app:
Use a Password Generated Through the PortalFrom the Applicant Home, click on the "AlertTraveler®" menu.
The left side shows the activation information while the right side shows the country intelligence options based on your program information (location and dates of travel).
In order to activate AlertTraveler®, you must create an AlertTraveler® password using this panel. Clicking “Generate” in this panel will create a password that is valid for 48 hours. You will then enter your email address and generated AlertTraveler® password, as shown on that panel, to log in to the AlertTraveler® mobile app. This panel can also be used to generate an email for a forgotten password using the "Email me my password" link. Note: you can also use the button here to email the password to yourself.