office of international programs
We care deeply about events that occur throughout the world, including those that may impact our students abroad, international exchange students currently studying at BC, and our extended university community. In the event of an emergency, political crisis, or natural disaster in a city or country in which the OIP currently has a program in session, OIP staff will be in close contact with our on-site colleagues, students, and emergency contacts as necessary. Our staff will also be in contact with our international exchange students regarding events that occur in their home countries.
The OIP monitors a variety of sources on international safety and security on a daily basis, including the U.S. Department of State travel advisories, OSAC, local media, and on-site staff around the world. We recommend that students and their parents also stay informed. Please note the difference between Travel Alerts, which describe short-term events the State Department thinks you should know about when planning travel to a specific country or region, and Travel Warnings, which describe severe risks or general recommendations to avoid travel to a particular country or region. The OIP rarely operates programs in countries with active travel warnings. If we do have a program in a country with an active travel warning, students will be informed and asked to sign a waiver prior to confirming their participation.
In the rare event of a severe natural or political disaster abroad, BC has an evacuation plan in place.
For a comprehensive list of advisories, please visit the State Department website.
When there are advisories that impact our students they are listed below.