The Middlebury C.V. Starr Schools Abroad take a serious approach to the personal safety of our students. We have well-developed contingency plans in place for all kinds of local, national, and international emergencies. Appropriate measures are also in place in the unlikely event that the U.S. government requires an evacuation of all U.S. Citizens. In general, it is our experience that our host cities are no more dangerous than large cities in the United States. Students who conduct themselves with the same level of precaution abroad, as they would in New York City or Chicago, are no more likely to be victims of crime than they would be at home.
All Schools Abroad have staff to help ensure the health, safety, and well-being of our students abroad. Because these people deal with the students on a daily basis, they are the ones best equipped to help students deal with these issues. If a student is a victim of a crime, has a medical emergency, or needs a referral, he or she should check in with the office abroad. These are also the same people who live in the culture, keep abreast of the news, and maintain contingency plans in the event of an emergency or other need to contact program participants quickly.
Middlebury has endorsed the Guidelines for Responsible Study Abroad: Health and Safety established by the Inter-Organization Task Force on Safety and Responsibility in Study Abroad.
Concrete cultural, health, and safety tips are discussed in great detail in pre-departure materials sent to each student, and during the on-site orientation abroad. Students with specific health and safety questions prior to departure are encouraged to contact the Middlebury Office of International Programs & Off-Campus study to discuss them in more detail.