IFLE News Blast - Travel Abroad Safety & Health

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Travel and study abroad provide invaluable opportunities to expand horizons, learn about the world, and experience personal growth, but they should not be undertaken without understanding that all travel comes with a certain amount of uncertainty and risk. The International and Foreign Language Education (IFLE) team at the U.S. Department of Education strives to help minimize these risks by sharing important information about travel abroad safety and health for all persons traveling overseas, whether for study, business, or leisure. Before you board the plane for your next global adventure, we encourage you to consult the resources at our website to ensure that you have a safe and healthy trip!

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Please join the International and Foreign Language Education (IFLE) team, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for a special webinar on “Zika Virus & Study Abroad” on April 12 at 2pm (Eastern). The webinar will feature an introduction from IFLE and HHS, a presentation on Zika by the CDC’s Dr. S.P. Kachur, and time for Q&A at the end. Space is limited and spots are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. We hope to see you there!

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U.S. Department of State Travel Website

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The U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Consular Affairs provides a wide range of resources for any U.S. citizen traveling abroad, including:


Make sure to review these materials before your trip so that you can stay informed and stay safe!

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Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)

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The U.S. Department of State's Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) is a free service to allow U.S. citizens and nationals traveling abroad to enroll their trip with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate. We strongly recommend that all U.S. citizens traveling abroadespecially students, teachers, faculty, and administrators affiliated with schools and institutions of higher educationregister their information with STEP.

Benefits of Enrolling in STEP include:

  • Receiving important information from the Embassy about safety conditions in your destination country, helping you make informed decisions about your travel plans.
  • Helping the U.S. Embassy contact you in an emergency, whether natural disaster, civil unrest, or family emergency.
  • Helping family and friends get in touch with you in an emergency.

 Stay informed, Stay connected, Stay safe!

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Traveler's Health Information from the CDC

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From Ebola to Zika virus, from malaria to yellow fever, the Travelers' Health website from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has all the information you need to prepare for and stay healthy during your trip abroad. The website includes essential information about vaccines and medicines for various destinations, along with general travel notices and updates.

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Education Research Analyst, GS-1730-13

Closes Friday, April 15th.

This position is located in the U.S. Department of Education (ED), Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE), International and Foreign Language Education (IFLE) office. The incumbent performs professional work for a group of education programs and performs research and analysis of education problems.

The incumbent plans, develops and conducts educational research and analysis activities for the purpose of assessing and improving international and foreign language education projects and programs in the United States.


Provides technical leadership and assistance and authoritative advice to IFLE program staff and senior management in analyzing grantee performance reports and analyzing and revising other data collection instruments for assigned programs. Analyzes program data, formulating conclusions about program results and trends to inform policy and programmatic decisions, and makes evidence-based recommendations for program improvements....

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