Education Abroad

Plan Safe Itineraries

Road crashes are the single greatest risk for travelers abroad, and young people ages 15-29 are at highest risk. ASIRT provides the education abroad community with resources and information to help administrators, risk managers, faculty leaders and students make informed choices in planning road itineraries and programs.

Global travel ignites and satisfies intellectual and cultural curiosity, introduces new ideas and experiences and teaches appreciation and understanding. But it is critical that everyone involved in education abroad programs receive information about the potential risks that may be encountered while traveling on the roads abroad and establish responsive policies and strategies.

View the ASIRT Education Abroad Fact Sheet.
Learn how ASIRT supports the FORUM on Education Abroad Standards.
Join the LinkedIn Group conversation on Road Safety + Education Abroad

Road Safety While Abroad

Travelers studying abroad remain a highly vulnerable group of road users because they represent the largest number of pedestrians and users of public transportation and are more prone to taking risks. They are also at risk because of their lack of familiarity with local road laws, road culture, travel options and road conditions.

Students frequently travel by foot or bicycle. Pedestrians and cyclists are especially at risk road users and should be made aware of traffic patterns, road infrastructure, pedestrian and bicycle culture and potential problematic driver behaviors.

Road conditions vary among countries and often in areas within countries. Specific information can be helpful in determining itinerary routes and enable program planners to choose the safest road alternatives and modes of transportation. Night travel, seasonal challenges and available transportation options, both public and private, are also important considerations.

The safest traveler is the informed traveler. Students trained in safe road practices and be given tools and tips to help them can more wisely navigate the world’s roads.

Since 1999, ASIRT has partnered with colleges and universities to provide useful road safety information to administrators, risk managers, faculty leaders and students.

Subscription benefits include:

  • Country-Specific Road Safety Reviews
  • Global Road Safety Toolbox for the Study Abroad Community
  • Speak Up for Safety Cards
  • PowerPoint Presentation
  • Sample Press Release

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Special Note to Parents of Students Participating in Education Abroad Programs
Parents and families are encouraged to be an integral part of the road safety education process. Families can avail themselves of information about specific road safety conditions and concerns in students’ destination countries by subscribing as individuals.

Rates for high schools, colleges and universities, and programs

Subscription for ASIRT Road Safety Reviews and Resources Number of RSRs Rate
Single report (suggested for faculty-led or short-term program)               1   $100
20-report package
Additional reports may be purchased for $100 (click here)
             20 $1000
Unlimited access to all reports             80+ $2000
Discounts for 20-report package and unlimited access

One-time, first-year 20% discount for FORUM and URMIA members and Terra Dotta users

$50 discount on annual renewals


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