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").
Student health, safety and security are our top priorities:
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.
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.
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.
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.