Health & Safety


Monitoring Worldwide Security Levels

ISA stateside and on-site staff closely monitor U.S. State Department (DOS) Travel Advisories and Country Specific Risk Indicators at all times. ISA also regularly reviews reports by the Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO), as well as information provided by trusted security analysis services, local governments and media outlets.

U.S. State Department Travel Advisories

In January of 2018, the DOS replaced existing guidance and implemented a new system for U.S citizens to understand important travel security information. Under this new, 4-tiered, color-coded system, the DOS has issued an advisory level for every country in the world. The advisory levels are as follows:

  • Level 1 - Exercise Normal Precautions (blue)
  • Level 2 - Exercise Increased Caution (yellow)
  • Level 3 - Reconsider Travel (orange)
  • Level 4 - Do Not Travel (red)

In addition to its advisory level, the DOS provides specific information on any risk indicators affecting each country and specific advice on what travelers can do before they leave and once abroad to provide for their own safety. ISA encourages all students and their families to review the DOS country specific information for their program country and any countries where students intend to travel independently while abroad. This information can be found on the Travel.State.Gov website. Additionally, ISA advises students to thoroughly read the Health and Safety sections of the Online Orientation in their ISA Student Portal in preparation for their program.

Helpful resources for students include:

Department of State, Students Abroad:

Department of State, Smart Traveler Enrollment Program:

Department of State, World Map

U.S. State Department Alert Issued for an ISA Program Country

If the U.S. State Department issues an official Alert for an ISA location, and the message includes an official State Department recommendation that all U.S. citizens evacuate the country, ISA’s default action will be to cancel the program and proceed with evacuation procedures. If the program has not yet started, ISA’s default course of action will be to suspend the program. Exceptions can be made if the language in the Alert gives ISA management clear reason to believe that the