International Travel: It’s More Than Just Remembering Their Passport!

Do you have a policy to handle student foreign travel? Is it updated and monitored regularly? If not, it is a good idea to consider risk management strategies to improve each program’s activity.

Student international travel is becoming increasingly popular. According to the Institute of International Education during the 2010-2011 academic years, nearly 274,000 students left the US, up from about 130,000 in 1998-1999. With increasing political turmoil globally, and the growing interest in global travel, exposures to the risks associated with global international travel are at an all-time high. This does not mean that schools should discontinue their student travel opportunities, but rather that they should have policies established and ensure that they are followed.  

United Educators suggests if you can follow these seven road stops it will help limit institutional liability:

Careful Participant Selection

Effective Communication

Established Expectations

Clear Safety Policies and Procedures

Realistic Crisis Management Planning

Adequate Insurance Coverage

Appropriate Documentation Procedures

If your institution can follow these seven stops, then you should be able to reduce your exposure to the risks associated with global travel. RCM&D’s risk consulting team is dedicated to helping tailor resolutions to your institutions needs because we understand that each program is unique. You can contact RCM&D Risk Consulting or your Account Executive to review your existing plan, or to develop a new one to mitigate your exposures. 

For more information, please reference the following articles:

Conducting a Global Benefits Needs Analysis

Legal & Risk Management Issues Involving Student Foreign Travel