Student safety is of critical importance.The Study Abroad Office regularly reviews safety-related information about the countries where study abroad programs occur, including information provided by the U.S. Department of State and announcements from the Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC). While international travel inevitably involves risk, SPU strives to promote the security of all study abroad participants and to avoid locations that present a serious threat to student safety.
In certain cases, for safety-related or other reasons, SPU may determine that it is advisable to adjust or cancel a particular program. SPU reserves the right to change the itinerary of activities for a program or cancel a program entirely at any time. Participants will be notified promptly of any such changes. If SPU cancels the program, SPU will attempt to refund recoverable expenses to participants. However, there can be no guarantee that any refund will be available. The time of program cancellation may determine the amount of recoverable costs, and, the closer the program is to the start date the less likely that many costs will be recoverable. In no event will the $50 application fee or the $300 deposit be refundable.
Because full refunds are often not possible, SPU strongly encourages students to consider purchasing travel insurance for trip interruption or cancellation. Such travel insurance can be obtained through many travel agents or insurance companies. Policies vary on what triggers trip cancellation coverage, so students should check with travel insurance providers for more details. For more information, students may contact the Study Abroad Office.
If SPU cancels a program after students have already arrived at the program location, SPU will attempt to help students complete the course or find an alternative way to obtain the academic credit. The degree to which this is possible depends largely on the circumstances of the particular program, including the length of time remaining in the program after the official cancellation date.