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Safety & Security


Your education abroad program encompasses more than just the days you are abroad, it includes your preparation for the program and the time after you return home. Our office will support you throughout your entire international experience. In this section you will find information and resources about how to stay healthy and safe while abroad.

All students traveling abroad are required to have a valid passport. Make sure you passport is valid for at least six months beyond the end date of your education abroad program. Some students will also be required to obtain a visa for entry to their education abroad location. Most program providers and host universities should be able to offer some basic guidance about the how to apply for a visa, but note that you are responsible for the process itself.

After acceptance to your education abroad program, you will find pre-departure resources in your Emory education abroad application. Our office organizes an online pre-departure session accessible through Canvas for all students. The online module will cover critical information such as academic credit issues, emergency contact information, health and safety, and cultural adjustment issues while abroad.

International SOS

Emory University has contracted with International SOS to provide worldwide medical and security assistance and evacuation services for all education abroad participants on programs located outside of the United States.

International SOS provides services ranging from telephone advice and referrals to full-scale evacuation by private air ambulance. The International SOS network of multilingual specialists operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year from International SOS Alarm Centers around the world.

Contact Telephone: 1-215-942-8478

Whenever you are traveling or living abroad, you can access up-to-date reports on more than 170 countries worldwide on health issues, medical care, and vaccination requirements via the International SOS website--your home page for travel health and safety information.

It is important to understand that, although International SOS will offer our students travel, medical, and security advice and services, as well as on-line access to information which many insurance companies do not offer, International SOS is NOT health insurance. The Medical and Health Insurance page provides more information about health insurance. 

Please be aware that some of International SOS's services carry additional charges. Should you request a service which has an additional charge, International SOS will inform you in advance and will require a credit card number in order to activate the service. Also, be aware that any event occurring when an expatriate student is within the territory of his/her home country or, in the case of U.S. citizens, within the territory of the United States, is not covered.

On-site Host Institution Resources

Students are encouraged to utilize the on-site resources provided by the host institution regarding health and safety matters. In addition, students should regularly consult the U.S. Department of State website that issues regular and timely statements and information for Americans travelling abroad. We also encourage you to register with the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in your education abroad location.