Health and Safety Abroad

Traveling abroad? Register for the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program

All participants should enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). The Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) is a free service provided by the U.S. Government to U.S. citizens who are traveling to, or living in, a foreign country. STEP allows you to enter information about your upcoming trip abroad so that the Department of State can better assist you in an emergency. STEP also allows Americans residing abroad to get routine information from the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.

Smart Traveler Enrollment Program

The Office of Study Abroad Scholarship may only be applied to programs sponsored by UCA or with UCA partner universities.

UCA students may not use UCA Study Abroad scholarships or other financial aid to travel or study in locations listed on the U.S. Department of State’s Travel Warning website.

Students traveling in areas or countries with active travel warnings or alerts should consult the website at and heed all warnings to avoid visiting travel-warned areas or locations.

Traveler’s Checklist


⊕Packing Checklist⊕
⊕Travel Budget and Expenses Log⊕

Official U.S. Resources for Travel Abroad

U.S. State Department — Students Abroad

Locate a U.S. embassy anywhere in the world, report a lost or stolen passport, travel warnings and advisories, emergencies aboard, traveling tips, how to register with the local consulate, etc.

To find helpful information such as: Embassy Services, passports, safety tips, travel alerts and warnings and more visit the website of the State Dept.’s Bureau of Consular Affairs.

Center for Disease Control

Info on diseases, water, and food conditions in specific regions. Also tips for avoiding traveler’s sickness.

Information for Women Travelers

Safety Tips for Women Travelers
Contact Overseas Citizens Services:
1-888-407-4747 (toll free in the United States and Canada)
1-202-501-4444 (outside the United States and Canada)

Information for LGBTI Travelers


In a Medical Emergency

Study Abroad Incident Report