Training for Program Leaders

In accordance with the university Policy on Health & Safety in Education Abroad, International Safety and Security provides training for faculty and staff program leaders each semester.

Upcoming Trainings

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Orientation Workshops

The Program Leader Safety and Best Practices Workshop guides program leaders (faculty, staff, or students leading programs) in preparing for the safest possible experience abroad. This workshop teaches leaders about incident management expectations and facilitates understanding through discussion of real-life scenarios of incidents abroad. Topics include: university expectations, group best practices, international insurance, student behavior, pre-departure orientations, and incident response. This workshop also provides a unique opportunity to discuss any questions, worries, or clarifications with our staff and other program leaders.

Those who are leading, or assisting, short-term education abroad programs or other university-related travel abroad for students must attend at least one of these workshops a year.

Student Pre-Departure Training

If you would like to review the pre-departure training provided by our staff, follow the links below to view training videos by topic (currently these resources are only accessible to University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign students, faculty, and staff through Box).

International Insurance Student Guide

Students can review information concerning benefits and assistance in the International Insurance Student Guide (PDF). Students should be encouraged to download the mobile guide (PDF) to their smartphone, tablet, or other device before travel. After reviewing the guide, students with remaining questions can contact International Safety and Security.

Round Table Discussions

The Faculty-Led Round Table Discussions are an opportunity to discuss one's experiences while leading programs abroad. This is a great opportunity to share knowledge with new and experienced program leaders alike.


If you have any questions or concerns related to the Orientation Workshops or the Round Table Discussions, please contact us.