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International Health Insurance

Students, faculty, staff, consultants and volunteers traveling internationally on official MSU programs not part education abroad are eligible for comprehensive international health insurance and medical and security assistance provided by International SOS.


NOTE: If you traveled internationally on an MSU-affiliated trip before August 15, 2018, and registered your travel in the MSU Global Travel Registry or were an Education Abroad participant, you were covered by GeoBlue international health insurance.


International SOS

MSU travelers will be covered by comprehensive international health insurance and will have access to 24/7 medical and security assistance through International SOS (ISOS), a leading international medical and security assistance company. The benefits include:

  • Dedicated 24/7 phone line for urgent and non-urgent medical and security advice during pre-departure planning or while traveling: 1-215-942-8478.
  • 26 Global Assistance Centers and a network of over 84,000 vetted medical, dental, security, and transport service providers internationally.
  • Robust medical and security evacuation.
  • Mental health and emotional support services.
  • A travel health and safety web portal and free phone app so you can review travel health and safety information about your destination, generate a Certificate of Assistance, receive alerts while traveling, and connect with International SOS if you need assistance abroad.
    • Contact OIHS (oihs(at)msu.edu or 517-884-2174) for the MSU Membership Number.

Activating Coverage

  1. Determine if Travel Waiver is required. (students only).
  2. Complete a Pre-Trip Authorization form for each traveler.
  3. Register in the MSU Global Travel Registry.

Coverage Details

All travelers should review MSU's full international health insurance policy. A Summary of Benefits is also available. 

Highlights of your insurance coverage include:

  • $500,000 USD total maximum per Covered Accident or Sickness, per Covered Person
  • 100% of Covered Expenses for Emergency Medical Evacuation
  • 100% of Covered Expenses for Repatriation of Remains
  • $0 USD deductible per Covered Accident or Sickness

Coverage is available for a maximum of 365 consecutive days. Spouses or dependents are not covered and travelers are encouraged to obtain coverage for any accompanying family members.


When To Use International SOS

Pre-Departure Planning

As you prepare to leave home, call the International SOS Assistance Center (1-215-942-8478) for advice on staying healthy and safe abroad. 

Travelers are also encouraged to download the International SOS app to review medical and security reports and country travel risk guides. You can also sign up for health and security email alerts.

While Abroad

Contact the International SOS 24/7 Scholastic Assistance Line (1-215-942-8478) to identify appropriate medical care and to receive advice relating to your health, safety, security, lost documents, or legal assistance. 

In an Emergency

In a life threatening situation, always call the local emergency number. Contact International SOS (1-215-942-8478) as soon as possible in an emergency situation. They can assist with arranging medical transportation and care, monitoring your condition and providing advice along the way, and evacuating you when necessary.

International SOS works closely with the Office of International Health and Safety to immediately notify us of any issues requiring the coordination of MSU support.


International SOS Membership Cards and Phone App

For your convenience, International SOS membership cards are available to MSU-sponsored travelers. Stop by the International Center Room 308 to pick one up or contact us to request one by mail. 

Travelers are also strongly encouraged to go paper-free and download the free International SOS app.


Reimbursement Claims

If you pay out-of-pocket for any medical expenses, save your receipt(s) and submit a reimbursement claim. Invoices can also be submitted for direct payment.

Claims must be submitted within 90 days of incurring the expense.