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 regularly reviews risks related to study abroad program sites. The Study Abroad Risk Assessment Committee reviews sites on an annual basis as outlined in the Process for reviewing study abraod programs in relation to risk.
The university recognizes the importance of students having resources available to them while traveling abroad on a university-sanctioned program. As a parent and guardian, you may ask yourself: What would happen if my student became ill, or were involved in an accident, or a security-related incident in a foreign country? How would my student deal with an emergency where language is a problem and adequate standards of medical care cannot be guaranteed? What if my student were in a foreign country where the political situation was unstable or quickly deteriorating? To meet some of these challenges when abroad, Ohio University provides an integrated International Services and Insurance Program.
Ohio University has contracted with the premier international services provider, International SOS (ISOS), who will be there for OHIO students when emergency medical, personal, travel, legal, and security assistance services are needed when traveling overseas on a university-sanctioned program. One phone call connects a traveler to the ISOS Network of multi-lingual staff trained to help resolve these issues. Services range from telephone advice and referrals to full-scale medical evacuations by private air ambulance. The ISOS Network of critical care and aero medical specialists operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year from ISOS Alarm Centers around the world.
Additionally, ISOS's global security network is designed to assist in managing the complex issues of people, information, communications, and transportation during a threatening emergency situation. Membership in ISOS is a valuable protection against unexpected difficulties that can arise when you are away from home. Since its founding in 1974, ISOS has performed thousands of evacuations and repatriations. Through the years ISOS has also developed the expertise necessary to provide service in remote areas of the world. Please go to the ISOS's website for more information and enter your ISOS membership number 11BCAS000010: https://www.internationalsos.com/private/ConsumerPortal/.
Insurance—University Health Plans
Everyone participating in an education abroad experience is required to enroll in a mandatory study abroad health insurance policy identified by the Office of Education Abroad. Ohio University has worked with University Health Plans to establish a unique insurance program with Nationwide Life Insurance Company for students abroad on Ohio University-sanctioned programs, which works in concert with International SOS. This mandatory insurance program for students traveling abroad on a university-sanctioned program is primary in all cases, and because of the special relationship between International SOS and the Plan Administrators, emergency management and health care decision-making is simplified for students and their guardians. Please see the Summary of Benefits for additional information about the program.
The Office of Education Abroad will enroll you in mandatory study abroad health insurance provided by University Health Plans (UHP). The policy provides coverage for your benefit, including health insurance, medical repatriation, accidental death and dismemberment, repatriation of remains, and medical and security evacuation. This 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 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. The cost of the insurance is outlined below:
All study abroad participants are automatically enrolled in the UHP policy for the duration of the program. The period of coverage can be extended beyond your study abroad program dates on request to the Office of Education Abroad, and in all cases the cost of the extra coverage will be assessed to your student account. The costs for extension are as in the grid above. Please note that no traveler may be covered for more than one calendar year.
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