Centre for International Experience

Safety Abroad Office

The Safety Abroad Office is here to ensure that students and anyone involved in sending students abroad are familiar with the Safety Abroad Guidelines which falls under the Framework for Off-Campus SafetyThe Safety Abroad Office (SAO) is a service available to UofT students who travel abroad for a University activity. We partner with students, staff and faculty to minimize risk by:


  • Providing Safety Abroad Workshops
  • Monitoring security situations
  • Assisting students with emergencies abroad
  • Offering 24/hr Emergency line


If you are going abroad on a “UofT activity”, in other words, if you are getting credit, funding or sanctioning from the University, than you will have to register with the Safety Abroad Office before you travel.


Safety Abroad Steps for Students:


There are now two different pathways for students to take to register, depending on the nature of your travel and how it is being processed by the University. The two pathways are, Program Travel Registration and Department Travel Registration. A trip is considered,


Department Travel if: You are taking a trip that is organized by yourself and at a time that independent from conventional semester dates (ex. Conference or independent research)


Program Travel if: 1) Someone from UofT is choosing participants and/or helping organize part of the your travel; 2) if you are taking a trip as a group or field trip (ex. Exchange, internships or practicums)


Department Travel Registration - To kick-start your registration process you should:


1.       Fill in Online Registration Request form

a.       The SAO will register you and send you a confirmation email, you can then sign on to the Safety Abroad Database and fill in your profile completing Emergency Contact, Passport and Travel Health insurance information

2. Attend Safety Abroad Workshop (valid for 1.5 years)

3. Sign and submit waivers to the Safety Abroad Office

4. Get Supplementary Health Insurance


Program Travel Registration- Your program will notify you when you should:


1.       Sign in to the Safety Abroad Database and input Emergency Contact, Passport                   and Travel Health insurance information

2.       Attend a Safety Abroad Workshop (valid for 1.5 years)

3.       Sign & submit waivers to your program

4.       Get Supplementary Health Insurance      



Failure to comply with the necessary procedures may result in withdrawal of emergency support, funding or academic credit.



Emergency assistance is available to students participating in University sponsored activities. Participants are required to register with our online database in advance of travel. In the event of an emergency, you can contact us through the campus police.  For more information about our emergency assistance, please contact us.


Safety Abroad Office

Safety is not necessarily about knowing site-specific details for each place you travel to. Safety is about knowing the right questions to ask and what to be aware of. Come to our sessions and discover the ins and outs of travelling abroad.