Free Webinar Series with Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs

The U.S. Department of State’s USA Study Abroad team is pleased to invite you to join two free webinars with the State Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs as part of our ongoing efforts to help U.S. higher education institutions prepare for a safe return to study abroad. Join us to hear directly from Consular Affairs representatives about how the State Department formulates its Travel Advisories, what U.S. embassies can and cannot do in a crisis, and how this information might inform campus travel and safety plans in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. These webinars are supported through USA Study Abroad’s Capacity Building Program for U.S. Study Abroad, also known as IDEAS (Increase and Diversify Education Abroad for U.S. Students). Visit the program website studyabroadcapacitybuilding.org to learn more about the currently open IDEAS grant competition and to view recordings of past webinars. To learn more about USA Study Abroad’s free webinar series on internationalization during COVID-19 for foreign institutions, including our next session “Prioritizing Health, Safety & Security: Hosting American Students” on January 14, visit bit.ly/InternationalizationWebinars.

What do institutions need to know about U.S. Department of State Travel Advisories?

Date: Thursday, January 28 from 1:00-2:15pm Eastern Standard Time

Register for this webinar at https://bit.ly/TravelAdvisoriesWebinar.

The State Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs provides Travel Advisories with safety and security information for every country in the world to help Americans assess for themselves the risk of travel. Each country information page at travel.state.gov contains important details specific to that country that could impact Americans – such as entry and exit requirements, local laws and customs, health conditions, and other details – so individuals can decide whether travelling to a country is advisable. Consular Affairs representatives will discuss:

  • What do institutions need to know about consular safety and security messaging?
  • What goes into these advisories?
  • How are the levels of the advisories determined?
  • How can travel advisories help inform campus travel and safety plans?
  • What other travel safety and preparedness should institutions take into account?
  • What do institutions need to know about Consular Travel Advisors when planning for international programs?
  • What is the STEP program, and how can it help individuals and institutions?

What the State Department and U.S. embassies can and can’t do in a crisis

Date: Thursday, March 25 from 1:00-2:15pm Eastern Standard Time

Register for this webinar at https://bit.ly/WhatEmbassiesCanDoWebinar.

The safety and security of U.S. citizens overseas is one of the top priorities of the State Department. Join representatives from the Bureau of Consular Affairs to learn what the State Department and U.S. embassies can and cannot do to assist U.S. citizens overseas during a crisis. Topics will include how to best communicate with and receive information from the State Department during an emergency, how to leave a foreign country during a crisis, and government-assisted evacuations.

Please note that these webinars will focus exclusively on the support of U.S. citizens overseas, and speakers will be unable to answer questions concerning foreign student travel to the United States.

The Bureau of Consular Affairs is the public face of the Department of State for millions of people around the world. Consular Affairs is responsible for the welfare and protection of U.S. citizens abroad, for the issuance of passports and other documentation to citizens and nationals, and for the protection of U.S. border security and the facilitation of legitimate travel to the United States. For more information on the Bureau of Consular Affairs and its Travel Advisory system, please visit travel.state.gov. Please also learn about the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program or STEP at step.state.gov. STEP is a free service that allows U.S. citizens and nationals traveling and living abroad to receive important information about safety conditions and help from the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.