Georgetown maintains a membership with International SOS, an international emergency medical assistance and security services provider, to manage the health and security risks facing our international travelers and expatriates. Georgetown has access to International SOS' worldwide network of logistics coordinators, physicians, security professionals, hospitals, ambulances, and aviation services, as well as online country guides and travel security resources.
If you are in an emergency situation while traveling, you should contact International SOS. They will respond immediately and notify the University’s on-call staff in the United States.
Georgetown’s Global Assistance Program provides travel assistance along with medical and security evacuation services and travel medical insurance information. Georgetown travelers should register their travel online and access travel reports through Georgetown’s International SOS Portal.
It is important that you seek information from your health insurance provider to determine what insurance coverage you have outside the United States.
If you are Georgetown faculty or staff and obtain health insurance coverage through the University, the Office of Faculty and Staff Benefits has information on your international coverage.
If you are a Georgetown student covered under the Premier Plan, the Office of Student Health Insurance has information on your international coverage.
If you are studying abroad, information on the study abroad insurance plan is also available.
For information on workers’ compensation, visit the web site of the Office of Risk Management.
Travelers with disabilities may wish to consult The Society for Accessible Travel and Hospitality directory of travel resources for information on available facilities at their destination.
The Office of Global Education has developed a set of personal safety guidelines for students traveling abroad.
Travelers should research safety and security issues in their country before departure. Sources that should be consulted include International SOS country guides and US government resources such as the Overseas Security Advisory Council and the State Department’s Consular Information Sheets.
When traveling abroad, your legal rights may be different than those you would have in the United States. As a victim of crime, you may find that law enforcement agencies operate differently than they would at home, and if you are arrested you may find that your legal rights and detention conditions are considerably different than American standards.
The State Department has a variety of fact sheets available for Americans who encounter legal difficulties abroad. If you are a victim of theft, consult the “Help for American Victims of Crime Overseas” page. Non-US citizens should consult their appropriate government agency for information on their own embassy's services.
Make sure to keep a copy of your passport at a safe place in case the original gets lost or stolen.