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UCEAP in Mexico
LAST UPDATED: 3/22/2017 10:30 AM (Pacific Daylight Time)
Impacted UCEAP Study Center(s): UCEAP Mexico Study Center
Location(s): Mexico City
Approx. time difference with PDT: + 2 hours

Millions of U.S. citizens safely visit Mexico each year for study, tourism, and business, including more than 150,000 who cross the border every day. The Mexican government dedicates substantial resources to protect visitors to major tourist destinations, and there is no evidence that organized criminal groups have targeted U.S. visitors or residents based on their nationality.

Travel Policy for UCEAP Students in Mexico 

Staying safe and secure during UCEAP is a partnership with UCEAP and it requires all students to take personal responsibility for observing culturally appropriate behavior, exercising sound judgment and abiding by UCEAP policies and procedures.
The UCEAP travel policy applies to specific regions in Mexico. UCEAP students found in violation of this prohibition may be dismissed. Due to the unpredictable nature of the situation in Mexico, students must check this warning often as it can change at a moment’s notice.
Students traveling to any area listed below while on UCEAP may be subject to dismissal.  No exceptions are allowed.
  • Aguascalientes
  • Baja California
  • Chihuahua
  • Coahuila
  • Colima
  • Durango
  • Estado de Mexico
  • Guerrero, including Acapulco
  • Jalisco
  • Michoacán
  • Morelos
  • Nayarit
  • Nuevo León, including Monterrey
  • San Luis de Potosí
  • Sinaloa
  • Sonora
  • Tamaulipas
  • Zacatecas
Travel beyond Mexico City to areas outside areas listed on this travel policy must be well considered and students must give itineraries and contact information to the UCEAP Study Center before travel.
The UC Study Center in Mexico City will monitor independent student travel within very circumscribed areas near the students’ current study locations. It is imperative for UCEAP students to understand the risks involved in travel to, and around Mexico, and to avoid dangerous situations at all times. UCEAP may dismiss any participant who travels to regions listed on thhis policy.
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UCEAP International Health and Safety Protocols

The University of California Education Abroad Program (UCEAP) is committed to promoting a safe environment for students, faculty, and staff, and to offering reliable information health precautions and potential risks. Safety on UCEAP is a shared responsibility and requires students to be well-informed and active participants in their own well-being overseas. UCEAP provides students with health and safety information through pre-departure and onsite orientations and online pre-departure documentation so students and parents are prepared with updated information. Experienced staff are ready to answer questions from students and their parents.
The UCEAP International Health, Safety, and Emergency Response unit is dedicated to international health and safety related to UCEAP programming around the world. The UCEAP International Health, Safety, and Emergency Response unit in California and the UC Study Center and partners abroad monitor worldwide events daily and strive for timely reporting accuracy. During an emergency, a response team in California and abroad will be responsible for coordinating a response.  Depending on the nature of the emergency, contingency plans are in place.
UCEAP works closely with UCEAP staff, faculty and partners abroad, the U.S. Government, international organizations, NGOs, and other US institutions of higher education with students in the country, to share critical security and health information, monitor threats, reassess plans and strategies, and coordinate communication. UCEAP also partners with local UCEAP faculty and staff, and host country officials to coordinate emergency planning and response.
In the event of an emergency, UCEAP will trigger its emergency response protocol, which define lines of communication, resources and responses to emergency situations overseas and partners with local UCEAP faculty, staff, its partners, and host country officials to coordinate emergency planning and response.
The University of California Office of the President, Risk Services has contracted with the following travel assistance and insurance providers: iJET Intelligent Risk Systems, United Healthcare Global (UHCG), and ACE-USA. iJET and UHCG provide worldwide assistance to UCEAP travelers during emergency situations. iJET provides real time intelligence and travel alerts designed to keep all UC travelers informed throughout their trip.  All UCEAP students are automatically registered with iJET to receive travel information and alerts for their destination.
All sources of information are corroborated before distribution. If there is any important information about security or updates, UCEAP will publish it on this website.
UCEAP Emergency Contingency Plans
University of California Education Abroad Program operates an emergency response system based on four security levels to categorize the situation in a given country, or location, depending on the risk to individual students, or the group of students and faculty, and a four-phased approach in response to relocation or evacuation triggers. Certain situations may call for an expedited response moving quickly through all four phases or moving directly to the third or fourth phase, but the intent would remain the same; a set approach is followed. The need to relocate or evacuate students and faculty often happens in an atmosphere of crisis and chaos so preparedness is crucial for UCEAP to be able to respond effectively and quickly to a changing security situation.

UCEAP will relocate or evacuate students and faculty from a location to ensure they are not exposed to unnecessary risks.  This decision is taken before anyone is put in danger. Situations can deteriorate rapidly and media attention with 24-hour reporting (at times uncorroborated) make effective decision-making more complex. Pre-defined  tripwires will prompt a series of actions.  The decision to relocate or evacuate is never easy. Some students will want to remain or feel that UCEAP is overreacting, or acting too cautiously. The decision will be taken by members of the UCEAP Crisis Management Team and the local UCEAP Centers and/or partner institutions working with University of California security providers and UC Office of the President Risk Services.