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    Steven Hirsch, an alumnus, earned the Best in Show award for his submission “Beneath the Glacier” that he photographed in Iceland.

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    Watch video of Ohio State students reflecting on how they developed global skills through education abroad programs.

Travel Alerts

September 1, 2017 - The U.S. Department of State has issued an updated Travel Alert for Europe. Alerts are issued for short-term events that the U.S. Department of State believes travelers should be aware of when planning to visit a specific country or region of the world. In this most recent alert, the Department of State has not advised individuals to defer travel, but the alert advises travelers to exercise caution and monitor security information for the country or countries of their travels. An alert contrasts with a "warning," which is also issued by the U.S. Department of State, and signals that travelers should consider very carefully whether or not they should travel at all to a specific country. More information on Ohio State’s protocol for U.S. Department of State alerts and warnings can be found on our traveler security page.

The current alert is a continuation of a previously issued alert providing guidance that travelers in Europe can heed to help them maintain their awareness and bolster their personal security preparedness. They mirror many of the suggestions Ohio State recommends for maintaining situational awareness on our travel security page. At this time there are no plans to cancel or suspend Ohio State study abroad programs in Europe. Ohio State is sending information concerning the alert and additional safety planning guidelines to all students currently studying in or departing for programs in Europe.

Ohio State will continue to monitor information from the U.S. Department of State, the Overseas Security Advisory Council, foreign security agencies, the university's insurance providers and contacts on the ground to keep travelers notified and make potential determinations on any necessary itinerary adjustments. If there are any additional questions, please feel free to contact Dru Simmons, international risk manager, at simmons.541@osu.edu.

June 3, 2017 - Ohio State is monitoring the tragic incident(s) on London Bridge and Borough Market in London. Ohio State has two known education abroad programs with current itineraries in London, and leadership of those programs have confirmed the participants well-being away from the location of the incidents. In addition, there are Ohio State students studying on non-Ohio State programs, and we have reached out to those students and their programs.
 
Several other Ohio State programs with travel in London recently concluded, and we are aware that many participants extended their travels. The university has initiated contact with the known students, faculty and staff with itineraries extended beyond the program dates to verify everyone’s well-being.
 
Travelers are reminded of advice and protocol for preparation and response to security incidents in their local context. Ohio State will continue to monitor the events in London through the advice of the Department of State, the Overseas Security Advisory Council, the London Metropolitan Police and the university's security providers.