Parents

General Information

At Baylor, we offer two different types of programs:

Group Study Abroad Programs

  • Students will travel with other Baylor students and a Baylor professor.
  • Some or all courses are taught by the Baylor professor/s.
  • Group programs can be one semester or one summer session in length (in some cases shorter).

Exchange/Affiliate Programs

  • Students will travel to a host university independently (note that this does not necessarily mean that the student will be the only Baylor student attending the university for the desired period of time).
  • Courses are taught by the host university's faculty and in English unless noted on the program page.
  • Exchange/affiliate programs can be for a summer sessions, semester, or a full year.

Both types of programs are available in the summer and during the semester, some for a full year. It is possible, and encouraged, to study abroad more than once during a student's Baylor career and students may choose any program that interests them. Each program has a faculty or staff member who oversees the program and will be able to answer any specific questions a student might have (this person being called the "program director").



Health & Safety

Student health, safety and security are our top priorities:

  • In an effort to ensure that every student is prepared for their time abroad, we require that students be enrolled in our blanket international insurance policy and attend a mandatory meeting where we discuss health and safety issues before they leave the country. You can click HERE for more information regarding international insurance coverage and claim information.
  • During the application process, we encourage students to self-disclose any personal, medical, physical and mental conditions which may affect their study abroad experience. Early disclosure ensures our ability to provide the most appropriate advice and counsel regarding program choice as well as enhancing our ability to provide appropriate support overseas. All information provided remains confidential and does not affect a student’s acceptance into a program.
  • Students are provided with emergency contact cards which include an emergency number which is monitored 24 hours a day so they can reach our staff at any time during or after office hours and on weekends. We also ask students to leave contact information and intended itineraries with our staff when they travel away from their program sites. This way, in the event of an emergency, our partners or directors know where and how to reach our students.
  • Students, parents/guardians, and study abroad advisors can expect announcements about safety and security from Baylor should conditions warrant such information. If you are a parent, please check with your student to find out if they listed you as an emergency contact on their application. If not, please ask them to contact their program manager to add you to their file; that way, we can email you in the event that there is a special alert during the program.

  • Baylor University Medical and Travel Security Assistance

    Baylor contracts with iJet, a company that coordinates integrated medical, clinical, and security services to organizations with international operations. Services include planning and preventive programs, in-country expertise, and emergency response. Students, CGE staff, and Baylor program leaders can contact the Baylor University Medical and Travel Security Assistance Global Hotline at +1-312-894-0095 24 hours a day to seek medical advice and referrals in most major travel destinations. iJet also assists with evacuations of groups or individuals should the need arise.


    Orientation

    When students arrive overseas, our partner providers or faculty program directors provide a thorough orientation about the local culture which includes a review of country- and program-related safety and security guidelines. We discuss culturally appropriate behaviors and explain how to contact local emergency services. We also share relevant Department of State notices, alerts and warnings and respond to students' questions and concerns.


    Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC)

    As part of our regular monitoring of circumstances and events that may affect the well-being of our students, Baylor is a member of the Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) of the Department of State, a federal and private sector group established to share information and promote security cooperation between the United States government and private sector interests worldwide. The analysts at OSAC provide real-time security information and analysis as well as updates and background information on issues and developments throughout the world.


    Travel to Countries with a Current U.S. Department of State Travel Warning or Travel Alert

    The US Department of State issues travel warnings and travel alerts to provide safety and security information to Americans traveling internationally. A travel alert is issued when a traveler should be aware of a short-term event or circumstance. A travel warning is issued for locations where the State Department believes there is a continuing or longer-term circumstance which warrants a review of travel to the country or location at all.

    The Center for Global Engagement administration reviews data and information from a variety of sources before approving travel to a location or country for which a travel warning or a travel alert has been issued. Questions about Baylor's policy can be addressed to the Assistant Director for Study Abroad.