Health and Safety


If you insist, you can find risks to take! Volcano Boarding on Cerro Negro, an active, recently formed volcano, for example.

All participants in UNM study abroad programs must attend travel issues medical advisory session with a physician.
Students can set up sessions with UNM Student Health and Counseling (SHAC) or can arrange a session with a private physician. Students must turn in a UNM Study Abroad Health Evaluation Confidential Health History Form & Certificate of Health as filled in by the student and physician at the session.
  • Conexiones students must either:
    • leave copies of the forms in the UHP office for Dr. Thomas
    • e-mail scans of the forms to Dr. Thomas (
    • have the forms scanned at the UHP office and automatically e-mailed to Dr. Thomas

Is Nicaragua dangerous?

Nicaragua has changed from one of the most unstable countries in the region in the 1980s and early 90s, to one of the most stable and safe. Granada is a small city and a safe destination for tourists and students. Of course, you need to take the usual precautions that you would take traveling anywhere in the world. You should not be out alone late at night, you should ask your teachers and host families where you can walk safely and what areas you should avoid, stay away from illegal drugs, watch you luggage carefully, and don’t carry expensive cameras, jewelry, electronic devices, etc. in plain sight. Remember that excessive drinking makes you vulnerable wherever you are. Women may experience some mild harassment on the streets, but Nicaragua does not seem to be as bad as some other countries in this regard.

Safety is certainly much less of a concern in 2012 Nicaragua than in Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras. That being said, here are some resources you can explore. We will be addressing health issues in the meetings and orientation sessions and there is also information available at the UNM Student Health Clinic .

1) The U.S. State Department publishes general travel information on their website:

2) U.S. government “Consular Information Sheets” are available for every country.

3) The U.S. Centers for Disease Control has health information and warnings for every region of the world.

The UNM Student Health Center has an excellent Travel Clinic. Their staff can advise you about vaccinations, health warnings or other health issues for travelers. They will also do individual consultations with your or your participants at very inexpensive rates.

An outstanding website on study abroad health and safety issues from the Safety Abroad First - Educational Travel Information Clearinghouse Project (SAFETI) is found at: