Global safety trainings for abroad programs

Students studying abroad with Bob Bodnar in Switzerland.

From: The Global Education Office

Virginia Tech faculty and staff who lead students abroad are required to attend Program Leader Trainings offered by the Global Education Office.

Global Travel Policy 1070 requires faculty/staff to be trained every two years in order to lead students abroad. To meet this requirement, faculty leaders will first attend New Program Leader Training and then every two years attend Program Leader Community Update (previously Returning Faculty Leader Training).

The spring training dates are below. Faculty and staff only need to attend one of the days.

New Program Leader Training is designed to provide program leaders and those supporting the program's leadership with the tools and resources to lead students abroad. A main focus of the training is health, safety and risk management, best practice in leading students abroad, as well as compliance with University policy and procedure with the goal of enabling a safe, successful experience. New Faculty Leader Training is offered twice during each semester.

  • March 6 or 7 from 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at the Global Education Office (526 Prices Fork Road)

Program Leader Community Update is for those who have previously attended the New Program Leader Training. This training is a concentrated session and at completion updates faculty/staff training compliance. 

  • March 20 or 21 from 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. at the Global Education Office (526 Prices Fork Road)

Register for all trainings below. Contact Allie Oberoi, assistant director for global safety and risk management at for questions.