The U.S. Department of State has as one of its prime responsibilities the safety and security of U.S. citizens traveling and living abroad. In this regard, we are writing to you because of our particular concern about U.S. citizens who study abroad in growing numbers and increasingly diverse settings. Specifically, we would like to work with your institution to better inform study abroad participants of the resources available to U.S. citizens studying abroad in an effort to both prevent them from becoming victims of a crime while abroad and assisting those who regrettably may become victims.
The Department of State has developed a website specifically for students who travel or reside abroad: www.studentsabroad.state.gov. Nonetheless, we understand that many students initially, and sometimes exclusively, consult their school’s website for information. Accordingly, we ask that you consider linking to our website drawing upon the following language:
Students and their families should be aware that the U.S. Department of State maintains a website for U.S citizen students who are, or will be, studying abroad. It may be found at www.studentsabroad.state.gov and addresses the following subject areas:
· Enrolling ones’ presence abroad with the nearest U.S. Embassy through the STEP Enrollment Program at: www.step.state.gov/step/
· Checking country-specific conditions as well as travel warnings and alerts at: www.travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/tw/tw_1764.html
· Offering students travel safety and other traveling tips provided at: www.travel.state.gov/travel/tips/tips_1232.html