STUDENTS

By supporting you in understanding and mitigating the possible risks you may encounter, U of T Safety Abroad is dedicated to supporting safer student experiences abroad. Review the steps below to get started on learning more about what you are required to do in order to travel on university activity, and how U of T Safety Abroad can help you.

Safety Abroad Requirements

Before travelling on university activity abroad, there are certain steps that you must complete.

*For travel to higher risk locations, see the “Travel Advisories” section below.

Do the Safety Abroad requirements apply to me?

Yes, if you’re traveling on University Activity! Not sure if you’re traveling on university activity?

University activity is defined as any of the following:

  • Activity that is funded in part or in whole by the university
  • Activity that is organized, sanctioned, or administered by the university
  • Activity which provides participants with academic credit

Now that you know you’re traveling on university activity, it’s important to research the advisory level for the location to which you’re traveling. This will help guide what your next steps should be.

What are the Travel Advisories?

U of T refers to the Global Affairs Canada (GAC) Travel Advice and Advisories to assess the risks associated with a particular country.

These Travel Advisories have four levels under which countries, and sometimes regions within countries, can fall:

Level 1

Exercise normal security precautions

Level 2

Exercise a high degree
of caution

Level 3

Avoid non-essential travel*

Level 4

Avoid all travel*

Find the travel advisory level for your destination here.

Are you traveling to a higher risk destination?

If the location to which you’re planning travel is considered Level 3 (Avoid non-essential travel) or Level 4 (Avoid all travel), this is considered higher risk travel. You may need to complete a Safety Planning Record and meet with the Safety Abroad Advisor.

If you are planning to travel to one of these higher risk level regions, please contact Safety.Abroad@utoronto.ca as soon as possible to learn about these additional requirements.

You must complete a Safety Abroad Workshop prior to your departure. Once complete, the Workshop is valid for 18 months.

What is the Safety Abroad Workshop?

The Safety Abroad Workshop is accessible online and in-person and covers topics such as health and wellness, personal safety, and intercultural awareness. The workshop is designed to help you identify and mitigate risks in your international destination. You must complete the workshop prior to your departure.

How do I register?

Online: Register here to access the workshops online through Quercus. You’ll be able to complete the modules at your own pace and even log back in if you want to review any material in the future.

In-Person: To register for an in-person workshop at the Centre for International Experience, please see the following:*

If you would like to request an in-person group presentation, please contact Safety.Abroad@utoronto.ca.*

*Please note that all in-person workshops are cancelled until further notice. Online workshops are still available.

Already completed a workshop?

If you completed a Safety Abroad Workshop in the last 1.5 years (perhaps for a previous university-related trip abroad), you will not need to complete another one! Not sure if your Workshop is still valid? Contact us.

Before you go, you will be asked to confirm you have secured appropriate and sufficient travel health insurance. You will also be asked for your travel health insurance information when adding your trip details to the Safety Abroad Registry.

Why do I need Travel Health Insurance?

Health care costs can be extremely high overseas, and your Canadian health insurance will likely only cover a small percentage, or nothing at all, of your costs. In order to avoid paying far more than expected for your trip, you will need travel health insurance.

How do I get Travel Health Insurance?

You may already have travel health insurance coverage through your student union!

Read more about how to check if you are covered, find out what is considered “appropriate and sufficient”, and learn more about what to consider when selecting travel health insurance on our ResourcesHealth & Wellness page.

Before you leave, you will need to register your travel in the Safety Abroad Registry.

What is the Safety Abroad Registry?

The Safety Abroad Registry allows U of T Safety Abroad to track your travel dates and location so that we can offer support and emergency assistance.

You need to complete a registration for each trip you go on. One trip can have multiple locations.

How can I add my information to the Safety Abroad Registry?

You can register here.* In order to register, have your emergency contact, health insurance, passport and local contact information ready.

Once you have registered, you will be asked to e-sign the Consent and Terms of Participation waivers.

*If you are unable to register your trip, please contact Safety.Abroad@utoronto.ca.

Travel Advisories

Now that you know you’re traveling on university activity, it’s important to research the advisory level for the location to which you’re traveling. This will help guide what your next steps should be.

What are the Travel Advisories?

U of T refers to the Global Affairs Canada (GAC) Travel Advice and Advisories to assess the risks associated with a particular country.

These Travel Advisories have four levels under which countries, and sometimes regions within countries, can fall:

Level 1

Exercise normal security precautions

Level 2

Exercise a high degree
of caution

Level 3

Avoid non-essential travel*

Level 4

Avoid all travel*

Find the travel advisory level for your destination here.

Are you traveling to a higher risk destination?

If the location to which you’re planning travel is considered Level 3 (Avoid non-essential travel) or Level 4 (Avoid all travel), this is considered higher risk travel. You may need to complete a Safety Planning Record and meet with the Safety Abroad Advisor.

If you are planning to travel to one of these higher risk level regions, please contact Safety.Abroad@utoronto.ca as soon as possible to learn about these additional requirements.

Safety Abroad Workshop

You must complete a Safety Abroad Workshop prior to your departure. Once complete, the Workshop is valid for 18 months.

What is the Safety Abroad Workshop?

The Safety Abroad Workshop is accessible online and in-person and covers topics such as health and wellness, personal safety, and intercultural awareness. The workshop is designed to help you identify and mitigate risks in your international destination. You must complete the workshop prior to your departure.

How do I register?

Online: Register here to access the workshops online through Quercus. You’ll be able to complete the modules at your own pace and even log back in if you want to review any material in the future.

In-Person: To register for an in-person workshop at the Centre for International Experience, please see the following:*

If you would like to request an in-person group presentation, please contact Safety.Abroad@utoronto.ca.*

*Please note that all in-person workshops are cancelled until further notice. Online workshops are still available.

Already completed a workshop?

If you completed a Safety Abroad Workshop in the last 1.5 years (perhaps for a previous university-related trip abroad), you will not need to complete another one! Not sure if your Workshop is still valid? Contact us.

Travel Health Insurance

Before you go, you will be asked to confirm you have secured appropriate and sufficient travel health insurance. You will also be asked for your travel health insurance information when adding your trip details to the Safety Abroad Registry.

Why do I need Travel Health Insurance?

Health care costs can be extremely high overseas, and your Canadian health insurance will likely only cover a small percentage, or nothing at all, of your costs. In order to avoid paying far more than expected for your trip, you will need travel health insurance.

How do I get Travel Health Insurance?

You may already have travel health insurance coverage through your student union!

Read more about how to check if you are covered, find out what is considered “appropriate and sufficient”, and learn more about what to consider when selecting travel health insurance on our ResourcesHealth & Wellness page.

Safety Abroad Registry

Before you leave, you will need to register your travel in the Safety Abroad Registry.

What is the Safety Abroad Registry?

The Safety Abroad Registry allows U of T Safety Abroad to track your travel dates and location so that we can offer support and emergency assistance.

You need to complete a registration for each trip you go on. One trip can have multiple locations.

How can I add my information to the Safety Abroad Registry?

You can register here.* In order to register, have your emergency contact, health insurance, passport and local contact information ready.

Once you have registered, you will be asked to e-sign the Consent and Terms of Participation waivers.

*If you are unable to register your trip, please contact Safety.Abroad@utoronto.ca.