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Training & Resources

Throughout the academic year, the Office for Global Health, Safety, and Security and the Office of Education Abroad offer program directors the opportunity to enhance their health, safety, and security expertise by participating in seminars, workshops, information-sharing sessions, and specialized trainings.

Critical Incident Management Training

The Office for Global Health, Safety, and Security offers Critical Incident Management training for education abroad program leadership. All on-site program directors and assistants must attend this year. Training consists of two parts.

Part 1: Complete the online module

Before participating in a live seminar, please complete this online training module. This module will be available once your program has been approved.

Once logged in, you should see a box on the far left-hand side called “My Requirements” and a link to the online module called “Education Abroad." It should take less than one hour to complete the online module. You may complete the module in one sitting or multiple sittings. 

Part 2: Attend a seminar

All sessions will be held live using Zoom. We will work directly with program directors to schedule this training, Please keep an eye out for an email.

First Aid Training

MSU program directors and program assistants that lead a program that operates – at any point in time – 90 minutes or more away (by typical mode of transportation) from reliable, emergency medical care must have first-aid training. This mandate has been issued by the Risk and Security Assessment Committee (RSAC).

The cost of training should be built into program budgets. Program directors who seek training through the MSU Learning and Assessment Center (LAC) can have the cost direct billed to Education Abroad. Contact Maureen at handraha(at) for more information. If program directors seek training elsewhere, they must pay upfront and submit the receipt for reimbursement after the program ends during the reconciliation process. Heartsaver/First Aid/CPR training is recommended.