International Studies & Programs

Program Director Development

Throughout the academic year, the Office of International Health and Safety and the Office of Education Abroad offer program directors the opportunity to enhance their health, safety, and security expertise by participating in seminars, workshops, information-sharing sessions, and specialized trainings.

Critical Incident Management Seminars

The Office of International Health and Safety offers Critical Incident Management Seminars (formerly called the Emergency Preparedness and Response Seminar – or EP&R) several times per year. Program directors and assistants who have not completed this seminar within the last two years must attend a seminar in advance of their program's departure.

We encourage all program directors and assistants to take advantage of this valuable opportunity. The goals of this seminar are to assist program directors in: preventing foreseeable harm; preparing for critical incidents on their education abroad programs by providing information, tools, and resources; responding to the needs of parents, students, faculty, and staff; implementing recommendations for enhancing health, safety, and security on education abroad programs; and, understanding program director responsibilities.

Program Directors and Assistants may attend a seminar in person or virtually using MSU Zoom (registration requested for both). To register, please email oihs(at)

Fall Semester Critical Incident Management Seminar Schedule

Friday, October 13, 2017
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Friday, November 10, 2017
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Wednesday, November 29, 2017
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
* please feel free to bring your lunch

Thursday, November 30, 2017
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

All seminars take place in the International Center Room 201.

Spring 2018 seminar dates will be announced during Fall semester. 

Upcoming Development Opportunities

"Mitigating Risk Through Program Design: Unconventional Education Abroad Programs,"

Wednesday, October 25, 2017
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM, in the Lake Superior Room, MSU Union

This session will address the question of how the Office for Education Abroad (EA), the Office of International Health and Safety (OIHS), and program directors can work together to mitigate risk on education abroad programs. This workshop will focus on the specific risks associated with programs in remote locations, programs that require strenuous outdoor activities, and programs that come into contact with potentially dangerous wildlife and environmental situations. However, many of the topics discussed can be translated to other education abroad programs. Experienced program directors and leaders from OIHS will offer insight into how they have dealt with these risks from the initial planning stages, to onsite protocols, and through post-program debriefings. They will discuss how program structure (access to medical facilities, transportation, outdoor activities) is integral to minimizing risk. 

Lunch will be provided for those who register. Registration is required and free at the session-specific Office for Education Abroad Workshop Registration.