Responsibility and Safety While Studying Abroad with PMCSP

Medical Coverage

Students are required to carry full medical insurance that includes coverage in Mexico for the entire duration of the program and will be asked to submit proof of such coverage. Normally, if a student needs to consult a doctor, any costs need to be paid upfront and then a refund requested from your insurance company. Medical costs in Mexico are much lower than in the US even though medical facilites are excellent. Many doctors will have trained in the US and speak at least some English, this is always reassuring to know!

Personal Responsibility

Although study abroad can be one of the most rewarding of educational and cultural experiences, participation in a study-abroad program involves risks not found at the home institution and for which PMCSP is not liable. These include risks in traveling to and within, and returning from, international locations; foreign political, legal, social and economic conditions; different standards of design, safety and maintenance of buildings, public places and conveyances; and local medical and weather conditions. PMCSP does not act as an agent for, and cannot control the acts or omissions of, its host institution, the Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla, host families, transportation carriers, hotels or other providers of services involved with the program.

Students in the program are responsible for their personal safety at all times, especially when not in class and not on program-sponsored trips. Students in the program must assume an important personal obligation to conduct themselves in a manner compatible with the program and its reputation, with local laws and regulations, and with the regulations for student conduct at their home institutions. It is expected that students in the program will act responsibly in a way that is not deemed reckless or inappropriate by the program and will agree to take the advice of the resident director regarding personal conduct.

It is the student’s responsibility to become aware of all local laws. PMCSP cannot be held responsible for a student who breaks the law nor can it defend a student in court. The resident director retains the right to return a student to the U.S. if he/ she feels that the student poses a threat to his/her own safety or that of other participants, or if his/her behavior is in gross violation of program policies.

Insurance for your personal possesions

It is recommended that you check with your family insurance company to see if your belongings will be insured against loss or theft while in Mexico. If not, you should consider buying insurance through a travel company, student insurance etc. The office of international studies at your college may also have additional information.

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