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Study Abroad Health and Safety Report

To provide the public with a more accurate understanding of the risks of studying abroad, the Office of Higher Education (OHE) requests institutions provide student participation by country and primary program host in addition to the incident data required by law.

About Study Abroad Data

According to Minn. Statutes § 5.41, postsecondary institutions offering credit for study abroad must:

  • report deaths and hospitalizations that occurred during, and as a result of, program participation
  • report country, primary program host, and program type of each incident
  • request, but not mandate, incident disclosure from students upon completion of their program
  • report whether the institution is committed to complying with the health and safety standards set by the Forum on Education Abroad

The reporting requirements are not specific for incidents that are the result of actions or the lack of action by an institution sponsoring or granting credit for the educational abroad program.

OHE is responsible for republishing institutional reports for the public while protecting student privacy.

Other Study Abroad Health and Safety Data

Minnesota law also requires the Minnesota Secretary of State to publish links to the United States Department of State's Consular Information Program informing the public of conditions abroad that may affect their safety and security. Also other links to publicly available reports on sexual assaults and other criminal acts affecting study abroad program participants during program participation are available. That information and other study abroad resources are available at Study Abroad Health and Safety Resources for Students and Parents.

The following data are on study abroad participation and incidents of Minnesota students that occurred between August 1, 2014 and July 31, 2015.

Minnesota Study Abroad Participants by Country, 2014-2015

Study Abroad Participation and Incidents by Institution, 2014-2015

Along with their participation and incident reporting, postsecondary institutions report whether the institution is committed to complying with the following health and safety standards set by the Forum on Education Abroad, indicated by 1, 2 and 3 above.

  1. The organization prioritizes health, safety, and security in program development, implementation, and management, conducting appropriate risk assessments for program sites and activities, maintaining written emergency plans and protocols, and identifying and leveraging relevant authorities, networks and resources.
  2. Staff are trained to anticipate and respond responsibly to student health, safety, or security issues, students are trained to responsibly manage their own health, safety, and security while abroad, and measures are in place for ongoing monitoring of and advising on health, safety, and security issues.
  3. The organization maintains appropriate kinds of insurance at recommended levels, operates in compliance with local laws, and follows best practices in reporting on critical incidents. See more information on the Forum's Standards of Good Practice.

Minnesota Postsecondary Institutions that Indicated Their Students Did Not Study Abroad

If you are looking for study abroad data on additional institutions, a number of institutions indicated their students did not study abroad for academic credit from August 1, 2014 - July 31, 2015. As such, these institutions were not required to report health and safety data for this time period.

For any questions or suggestions about this information, please contact Nichole Sorenson at nichole.sorenson@state.mn.us.