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Health & Safety Alerts

The Center for Global and Intercultural Study (CGIS) is dedicated to ensuring the wellbeing of all of our students abroad. This page is meant to update you as certain situations arise in a particular city or country where we currently have students participating in a CGIS program.

CGIS has a dedicated Health and Safety Advisor who is available to answer any questions and address any concerns that you may have. Contact Rachel Reuter, CGIS Risk Mitigation and Compliance Manager, at 734.764.4311 or by email at

Tuesday, March 1, 2022 — Ukraine

As you are undoubtedly aware, last week Russia launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine. CGIS does not currently have any students in Ukraine or Russia, but we are closely monitoring the situation nevertheless. At this time, the security impact on other European countries is limited and CGIS is not recommending any changes to your current programs or itineraries. 

In the meantime, we encourage students to stay abreast of the situation and to follow the recommendations below:

  1. Do not attempt to travel to Ukraine or Russia

  2. Avoid non-essential travel to any countries bordering Ukraine (Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Moldova, Belarus, Lithuania, etc.)

  3. If you do plan to travel outside of your host country, ensure you have registered your travel in UM’s Travel Registry and have alerted your on-site staff to your plans.

  4. Register for the U.S. State Department Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)

  5. Monitor your email for any updates from CGIS, your host institution and/or the U.S. Embassy / Consulate in your destination.

If you have questions or concerns and would like to discuss this situation further, please do not hesitate to reach out to me or your CGIS advisor at any time.

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