Traveling Abroad as a U of T Student

The 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.

New Safety Abroad Steps before Travel:

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.
An APPE rotation is considered to be Program Travel, therefore, you must:

  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 the Pharmacology Graduate Office
  4. Get Supplementary Health Insurance

Safety Abroad Manual: Key Points for Students

In preparation for participating on a University of Toronto’s out-of-country program:

Review and consent to health and safety risks.  All participants are required to familiarize and consent to the risk of the particular out-of-country activity, and take appropriate precautions as needed. Students should consider any personal information that may be relevant to travel (e.g. medical history, special needs, sexual orientation).  The participant is strongly encouraged to discuss any concerns with the activity sponsor or the Safety Abroad Office.  

Health and Safety Workshops.  Participants are required to complete all designated training and preparatory sessions. Additional workshops are available through the Safety Abroad Office. If possible, participants should attend an onsite orientation or otherwise conduct their own onsite safety audit.

Immunization / Prophylaxis.  Participants are responsible for obtaining appropriate immunizations/ prophylaxis for their regional destinations and ensure that their routine immunizations are up to date. Participants are strongly encouraged to consult with a travel medical clinic and health care providers.

Comprehensive health insurance.  Participants are required to obtain comprehensive and sufficient health insurance appropriate to their travel and work abroad.

Travel documents.  Participants are responsible for ensuring that they have the appropriate documents for travel, including passport and visas (work visa if required). Participants should consult with the Consulate from the host country where they will be travelling to.

Communicating while abroad.  Participants are required to regularly check their utoronto email during their placement. In an emergency, it may also be necessary for the University to contact the participant by phone.  When possible, a current number should be listed in the data base profile.  If either phone or email becomes unavailable, an alternative communication plan should be discussed with your activity sponsor.  

Consent forms and terms of participation.  Participants are required to acknowledge that they have read, understood and agree to the Consent Forms and Terms of Participation as articulated by the activity sponsor (submit signed consent to Faculty).

Report Problems.  Participants are asked to report to the activity sponsor or safety abroad advisor any newly identified hazards in a timely manner.  Participants have the right and responsibility to refuse to participate in any activity that they deem unsafe and report this immediately to the onsite supervisor or activity sponsor, as appropriate.  ALL health and safety incidents should be reported to the onsite supervisor, activity sponsor or safety abroad advisor.  Participants are to familiarize themselves with the University’s emergency procedures.