Health and Safety Abroad
The Education Abroad Team in the International Programs Office is committed to your health and safety while abroad. Provided on these pages are general health and safety guidelines; following these protocols will play an important role in a successful study abroad experience. Please review this important information by clicking "Staying Healthy Abroad" or "Staying Safe Abroad" from the left. Also, check out these Travel Tips to know before you go abroad! For questions, please contact Andrea Drake, Director of International Health, Safety, and Security.
UMass Emergency International Travel Insurance
*Please note: new policy as of May 1, 2022*
UMass Amherst students traveling abroad on approved programs are covered by UMass Emergency International Travel Insurance provided by ISOS. This coverage is intended to provide the first line of coverage for emergency or medically-urgent issues while abroad. Coverage also includes 24/7 teledoc consultation services and 24/7 remote mental health counseling services.
Please note that Emergency International Travel Insurance coverage provided by UMass does not cover evacuation or other accommodations due to disruption to travel plans resulting from a pandemic. Coverage does include medical expenses resulting from the treatment of COVID-19, but does not extend to losses for travel and accommodation expenses. Please see:
- ISOS Member Portal
- Insurance Brochure
- Insurance ID Card
- FAQs about insurance and COVID
- Why Should I call ISOS? An overview of services
- ISOS Emotional Support Services
Students are still required to maintain their primary health insurance coverage while abroad. Students that have the university health plan as their insurance and are studying abroad will automatically be removed from the university health plan for the semester they are abroad. In order to maintain coverage, students must print, fill out, sign and submit the health plan enrollment form found at Patient Services in UHS.
Resources for Survivors of Sexual Assault Studying Abroad
If you are a survivor of sexual misconduct that occurred abroad, what happened to you was not your fault. The university's commitment to fostering an environment free from gender discrimination (including discrimination based on gender identity and expression), sexual harassment, and sexual violence extends to all students studying abroad. There are both confidential and private resources available to you, please visit the UMass Title IX website for more information.