Safety and Security Abroad
As recent world events have made very clear, there are times
when it is difficult to assess the impact of world events on
various study abroad locations. The Center for Global Education
does its best to help you and your parents assess these situations,
whether they occur before you leave for study abroad or while
Butler University wants students to have international
experiences that are educational, life-enriching, and eye-opening.
At the same time, we will take all reasonable steps to attempt to
ensure the safety of students traveling abroad. However, we must
remind both students and their parents that ultimately the decision
to study abroad and their safety while traveling abroad is their
responsibility. Butler cannot guarantee or ensure students' safety
either at home or abroad, but the University will attempt to
provide students with as much relevant information as possible to
help them make their best decision for studying abroad. We will be
pleased to work with you toward that end.
We receive all routine and emergency postings from the U.S.
Department of State's listserv, which issues periodic "Public
Announcements" and, when appropriate, more serious "Travel
Warnings" about situations that pose potential dangers to Americans
abroad. We strongly recommend that you consult the U.S. Department
of State's Bureau of Consular Affairs website on your own as you
plan your study abroad or when you make travel plans while you're
The Bureau of Consular Affairs of the U.S. Department of State
provides many services to U.S. citizens who are preparing to
travel, live, work, or study abroad. It provides Consular
Information Sheets for every country of the world and issues travel
advisories to alert Americans abroad to a variety of conditions or
concerns, such as Public Announcements, Worldwide Cautions, and
According to the Bureau, Public Announcements are "a means to
disseminate information about terrorist threats and other
relatively short-term and/or transnational conditions posing
significant risks to the security of American travelers." Worldwide
Cautions are a form of Public Announcement.
Travel Warnings, however, are "issued when the State Department
decides, based on all relevant information, to recommend that
Americans avoid travel to a certain country."
If a U.S. Department of State Public Announcement or Travel
Warning is in effect for a particular destination, students are
urged to consult the Center for Global Education.
You may also find it helpful to view other governments' opinions
on world events. Canada, Australia, and Great Britain have English
language sites that provide a slightly different perspective on
international affairs. Additional views are provided world wide on
the BBC and CNN, and in newspapers such as the Sydney Morning
Herald from Australia and the National Post in Canada.
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