Health and safety in education abroad
The Office of Education Abroad and Ohio University consider safety to be one of the most important aspects of any international educational experience. The OEA has established the Emergency Response Guidelines and Procedures to prepare for situations that may arise during a program and to help our faculty and others involved address emergencies appropriately.
The Office of Education Abroad also addresses health and safety in Bobcats Abroad, our mandatory pre-departure orientation, and provides more in-depth information to faculty directors and students upon request. Students and parents with specific health and safety concerns should talk to the faculty director or program coordinator for more information.
Ohio University also provides international health insurance to all study abroad participants and access to International SOS security services. For more information, check out the links below:
Everyone participating in an Ohio University sponsored education abroad experience is required to enroll in a mandatory study abroad health insurance policy identified by the Office of Education Abroad.
Participants up to the age of 64 are required to enroll in the policy provided by HTH Worldwide
This policy provides coverage for your benefit, including health insurance, accidental death and dismemberment, medical evacuation to the nearest hospital with appropriate facilities, and repatriation of remains. Click here for details of the coverage provided by HTH.
The coverage is for international travel and study only and does not cover you while in the US. It does not replace the Ohio University Injury and Sickness Insurance Plan.
The cost of this policy for 2012 is $8.90 per week (with a 2 week minimum), or $29.65 per month.
The cost is included in the program fee charged to participants in Ohio University study abroad programs. Participants in Ohio University exchange programs, OHIO-affiliated travel, and non-OHIO programs will have the cost assessed to their student account.
All participants are automatically enrolled in the HTH policy for the duration of the program. The period of coverage can be extended on request to the Office of Education Abroad, and in all cases the cost of the extra coverage will be assessed to the participant’s student account.
Participants aged 65 and older are required to enroll in the iNext Premium Travel Insurance plan. This policy also includes health insurance, accidental death and dismemberment, medical evacuation to the nearest hospital with appropriate facilities, and repatriation of remains. The coverage is for international travel and study only and does not offer cover while in the USA. It does not replace the Ohio University Injury and Sickness Insurance Plan.
Participants must apply for the iNext Premium Travel insurance plan themselves at least 6 – 8 weeks before the program start date. Click here for the iNext website and online application form.
The cost of the iNext Premium Plan in 2011-12 is $56 for 365 days of coverage. Students aged 65 and older participating in an Ohio University study abroad program and enrolling in the iNext plan will have their program fee reduced by the cost of the iNext Premium plan premium.
All iNext plan participants must provide proof of enrollment to the OEA no later than one week before departure. Failure to do so will result in the participant being automatically enrolled in HTH insurance and the additional cost assessed to their student account. In 2011 the cost of HTH insurance for participants aged 65 and older is $103 per week, or $353 per month (these rates may increase in November 2010).
Ohio University is now an institutional member of International SOS, a membership that gives students studying abroad access to a range of medical information and emergency services. This comprehensive membership is intended to complement your required HTH Worldwide health insurance plan as a supplemental, non-medical emergency assistance service. Once you register with the Office of Education Abroad, you will automatically have access to OHIO's ISOS membership at no additional charge.
ISOS offer's OHIO students and faculty a wide range of services to assist them in all stages of their program from pre-travel planning tools to local services while abroad. While you are abroad you should always carry the International SOS membership card with you. Stop by the Office of Education Abroad to pick up an ISOS card or download your copy here. This card contains the University's membership number 11BCAS000010 and phone numbers to International SOS alarm centers.
Here is a brief overview of the most important program features:
We are very pleased to join over 100 other educational institutions now using International SOS services, which for many years have provided the best-available emergency medical services for military personnel, US government officials and staff, and other worldwide organizations and corporations.
Please refer to the following resources for additional information:
Yamada International House, 56 E. Union Street, Athens OH 45701 (740) 593-1840