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Students studying abroad in Costa Rica

Health & Safety

Keeping students healthy and safe while they study abroad is a top priority for the Programs Abroad Office. That’s why our staff has emergency policies and procedures in place that we continuously review and update.

We work proactively to provide students with access to information about safety in each program location. From our Knoxville office, we monitor the world situation daily through available channels, such as the US State Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs website and the daily information provided by the Overseas Security Advisory Council, and convey information to our students when the situation requires.

Please visit these sites for additional health and safety information:

Emergency Phone System

If an emergency occurs during regular business hours (8 a.m.–5 p.m. ET), please call our office at 865-974-3177 and a staff member will assist you.

If an emergency occurs during nonbusiness hours, parents and students can reach a member of the Programs Abroad Office staff by calling 865-789-2982. This is the number for a 24-hour emergency cell phone carried by a staff member after business hours. This is for EMERGENCIES ONLY, where the health or safety of the student is a concern.