All students studying abroad are required to enroll in the U.S. Department of State Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). This is a free service for U.S. citizens traveling abroad. After enrollment, you are registered with the U.S. Department of State and will receive updates on saftey information about where you are traveling. STEP also allows the State Department to reach out to you in the event of an emergency (e.g. natural disaster, civil unrest, family emergency back home).
Your Study Abroad Advisor will request confirmation that you have enrolled in STEP prior to departure for your program.