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 “Am I going to a Higher Risk Location?” 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

Yes! Before you go, you will be asked to confirm you have secured appropriate and sufficient travel health insurance. But what is considered “appropriate” and “sufficient”?​

Visit our ResourcesHealth & Wellness page to learn more about some things you should consider when selecting and securing travel health insurance, as well as how to check whether you might already have coverage.

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

U of T refers to the Global Affairs Canada (GAC) Travel Advice and Advisories to assess the risks associated with a particular country. GAC advisories are categories into one of four levels that countries, and sometimes specific regions within countries, can fall under. These levels are:

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

If the location you’re planning on traveling to is considered of a “higher level” (Level 3 – Avoid non-essential travel OR Level 4 – Avoid all travel), you may need to complete a Safety Planning Record and meet with the Safety Abroad Advisor. Please contact Safety Abroad at safety.abroad@utoronto.ca as soon as possible to learn about these additional requirements.

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!

If you haven’t yet, 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 to identify and mitigate risks in your international destination. You must complete the workshop prior to your departure.

To access the workshops online through Quercus, register here. 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.

To register for an in-person workshop at the CIE, please see the following:*

All of the above workshops are held at Cumberland House (33 St. George St.).

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

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

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

The Safety Abroad Registry allows U of T Safety Abroad to track you travel dates and location so that we can offer support and emergency assistance. In order to register, have your emergency contact, health insurance, passport and local contact information ready.

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

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

Do I need Travel
Health Insurance?

Yes! Before you go, you will be asked to confirm you have secured appropriate and sufficient travel health insurance. But what is considered “appropriate” and “sufficient”?​

Visit our ResourcesHealth & Wellness page to learn more about some things you should consider when selecting and securing travel health insurance, as well as how to check whether you might already have coverage.

Am I going to a Higher
Risk Location?

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

U of T refers to the Global Affairs Canada (GAC) Travel Advice and Advisories to assess the risks associated with a particular country. GAC advisories are categories into one of four levels that countries, and sometimes specific regions within countries, can fall under. These levels are:

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

If the location you’re planning on traveling to is considered of a “higher level” (Level 3 – Avoid non-essential travel OR Level 4 – Avoid all travel), you may need to complete a Safety Planning Record and meet with the Safety Abroad Advisor. Please contact Safety Abroad at safety.abroad@utoronto.ca as soon as possible to learn about these additional requirements.

Do I need to complete a
Safety Abroad 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!

If you haven’t yet, 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 to identify and mitigate risks in your international destination. You must complete the workshop prior to your departure.

To access the workshops online through Quercus, register here. 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.

To register for an in-person workshop at the CIE, please see the following:*

All of the above workshops are held at Cumberland House (33 St. George St.).

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

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

What is the Safety
Abroad Registry?

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

The Safety Abroad Registry allows U of T Safety Abroad to track you travel dates and location so that we can offer support and emergency assistance. In order to register, have your emergency contact, health insurance, passport and local contact information ready.

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

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