Go Global: Pre-departure Training and Risk Management

York International provides pre-departure training and supports to York students who are scheduled to participate in global learning programs (exchange, internships and other short-term programs).

A. Types of Pre-departure Support

1. York International Exchange pre-departure Session

Apr 24, 2020, for 2020-21 York International academic exchanges

2. Summer Study Abroad programs - sessions will be scheduled in collaboration with Program Coordinators. 

Students will be required to register in the appropriate pre-departure session. Information will be sent by York International, to students and Program Coordinators.


  • Students who have participated in either 1 or 2 will be included in the York International Emergency Contact Program.
  • For participants in both types of pre-departures, the York International Mobility Award cannot be processed until all necessary forms are completed.

3. Independent travel (student, faculty or staff)

Contact York International (goglobal@yorku.ca) if you are travelling internationally and would like information or support. 

B. Content covered at Pre-departure Sessions

1. Travel preparations (research about destination, flight, accommodation arrangements)

2. Risk Management (waiver, emergency contact card, Registration of Canadians abroad)

3. Guard.me® insurance

4. Funding and Finances

5. Inter-cultural awareness

6. Academic Exchange (York International Exchange only)

C. guard.me® and York

York Students traveling abroad for international programs are required to purchase guard.me®

To ensure safety and well-being of York students traveling abroad, York University has developed a partnership with guard.me® Insurance. It provides comprehensive insurance coverage and benefits that are in the best interest of the students and the university at-large.

guard.me® covers medical, emergency, evacuation, and 3rd party liability, among others. Please read the guard.me® benefit summary for more information. Students must register directly with guard.me®.

D. Emergency Contact System

As a student going abroad, you will receive an Emergency Contact Card once you have registered for the program. This card includes information on how to contact York in case of an emergency while overseas. Details will be given at your Pre-departure session.

E. Travel Safe

Review York International's Travel Safe webpage.

All students accepted to go on a York Exchange/Summer Abroad/York-facilitated global internship are required to come to a Pre-Departure Training Session.