Overview of Student Safety Abroad Policy and Registry
The purpose of the policy is to enable safer student experiences abroad through the assessment of risks and management of resources to help the university better repsond to emergency situations. Read more about UBC's Policy 69 here.
Registration in the Student Safety Abroad Registry is required for all students traveling internationally for university activities.
The Student Safety Abroad Registry is used to mitigate risk and make it easier for UBC to assist you in case of a critical situation abroad.
Depending on the advisory level of your destination country, you will need to complete different tasks. Check out the Get Started page for more information.
Four different levels are associated with travel advisories for each country. In order of increasing advisory levels they 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"
Learn more about what to do for the four different levels here.
It is possible to register multiple countries on the Student Safety Abroad Registry. You will have to sign a separate Safety Mobility Agreement for each one.
Preparing to Travel
In case of an emergency, students are advised to contact local authorities and their host organization (if applicable) for immediate support. Students are also encouraged to contact UBC's Emergency Services provider International SOS +1 215 942 8478 for emergency assistance. The Emergencies learning module is useful for learning more information on emergency procedures and assistance.
Learn more about travel medical insurance on our Travel Health and Medical Insurance learning module. This module includes additional considerations if you are traveling to regions with travel advisories of level 3: “AVOID NON-ESSENTIAL TRAVEL” or level 4: “AVOID ALL TRAVEL”.
The Registration of Canadians Abroad (ROCA) is a free service for Canadian citizens from the Government of Canada to assist you in case of an emergency abroad. Click here for more information.
We do offer group presentations. Please visit Group Safety Briefings to learn more or schedule a group pre-departure safety briefing.
According to the Student Safety Abroad Policy, “university activities” include activities that fulfill a requirement for academic progress, are organized by the university, or are funded in whole or part from the university. Read the Policy here.
A Letter of Permission allows you to participate in studies outside of UBC and transfer the credits back to your UBC degree. You do not require the Letter of Permission if you are planning on attending courses through a Go Global partner university.