Health + Safety

Health, Safety + Security

All efforts are made to ensure the health, safety, and security of our students throughout the duration of their program. While Trinity College and Trinity in Vienna cannot guarantee a risk-free environment, we follow prudent measures to reduce risk and provide the safest possible environment for study-abroad program participants.

Student Health

Prior to departure, students submit a medical history form to the U.S.-based administrative staff for Trinity in Vienna so that resident staff can be prepared to accommodate any health concerns. The Trinity in Vienna staff is trained and equipped to help students receive quality medical care in the event of illness or injury.

Code of Conduct

The Trinity in Vienna Code of Conduct lays out clear guidelines designed to empower students to behave in a manner that decreases their risk and enriches their experience. Violations are immediately addressed by resident staff.

Medical Insurance

Comprehensive medical insurance is included for all participants and covers the student for the official on-site period of the program. Detailed information about medical insurance may be found on the Trinity in Vienna website.

On-Call

While in Austria, students may contact a member of resident staff at any time. Trinity in Vienna staff are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to help any student in the event of an emergency. In addition, Trinity in Vienna has staff on call at all times in the United States. Students, parents, and home-university staff who need urgent assistance outside of regular office hours are encouraged to contact the Trinity College Office of Study Away at (860) 297-2005 to access emergency contact information.

Global Awareness

Trinity in Vienna staff is in close contact with the U.S. Embassy in Vienna and is ready to respond to events and crises as needed. Trinity in Vienna staff also monitor the information and guidelines set forth by the U.S. State Department, the Overseas Security Advisory Council, and on-site experts.


Orientation and Acculturation

Upon arrival in Austria, Trinity in Vienna resident staff provides a thorough on-site orientation that includes information about academics, health and safety, housing, transportation, money, and more. The orientation program includes a brief introduction to local culture and history, suggestions for adjusting to life abroad, and details about what to expect from daily life as a foreign student in Vienna.

Orientation program activities include walking tours of the area around the Trinity in Vienna Center, the host university, student housing and more. The orientation walks aim to familiarize students with their new surroundings, as well as to help them locate neighborhood shops and facilities, understand local transportation norms, and much more.

Clear, concrete, and emphatic information concerning health and safety is first and foremost on the Trinity in Vienna checklist for the orientation program and follow-up meetings throughout the semester and summer programs. Among the first things given to each student upon arrival in Vienna is a card with emergency phone numbers for key contacts, including local hospitals, police, fire, and taxi, as well as the cell phone numbers of Trinity in Vienna on-site staff. During the orientation program, students are given extensive information about the kinds of dangers that tourists and foreign students typically face in the host country.