Health, Safety & Insurance

The safety of our students is of the utmost importance to us. The Office of International Affairs encourages students, faculty, and staff engaged in study abroad to stay aware of current events in the countries in which they will be studying.

All travel for study abroad must comply with Missouri S&T’s Student International Travel Policy

The University of Missouri does not support study abroad programs to countries or regions for which the U.S. Department of State have issued travel advisories level 3 or 4 without a review of whether or not the advisory impacts the risks associated with the programs. Accordingly, the universities observe the following practice: if the U.S. Department of State issues a travel advisory level 3 (reconsider travel) or 4 (do not travel) for a particular country or region, travel or study abroad programs may be suspended or canceled for our students of any nationality in that site while the advisory is in effect.

For more information, visit the following website: UM System Guideline on Student or Other Participant International Travel or Study Abroad.

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Health Insurance

GeoBlue Insurance (contracted by UM system) is the mandatory insurance for students traveling abroad. This policy offers fully comprehensive health insurance coverage while traveling abroad. This insurance would be your primary insurance while abroad even if you have another insurance policy.  See our Health Insurance page for the most current policy information.

Emergency Contacts

In the event of a medical emergency, contact:

  • The local emergency services.
  • GeoBlue Insurance.
  • During regular business hours (8:00 am – 4:30 pm CST), contact the Office of International Affairs at 001-573-341-4208. Outside of regular business hours, contact the S&T Campus Police at 001-573-341-4600. The S&T Police will put you in contact with the Office of International Affairs.
  • For natural disaster evacuation or political crisis evacuation, please contact the Office of International Affairs and then United Healthcare Global.

Travel Advisories

The university does not recommend that faculty and staff travel to countries deemed dangerous or unstable. The Department of State issues a travel advisory when the government recommends that Americans avoid or carefully consider the risk of travel to a particular country.  A warning is also issued when the U.S. Government’s ability to assist American citizens is constrained due to the closure of an embassy or consulate.  

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Health and safety is a primary concern when traveling abroad. Advanced planning and preparedness is necessary.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website includes a Travelers’ Health feature with up-to-date information on current travel health warnings. and a database with recommendations for vaccinations and/or medications for each country. Visit their site and click on “destinations” to choose the country to which you are traveling.  You will be directed to a specific overview of health information for travelers.   

STEP Enrollment

Missouri S&T requires registration with the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP), while traveling on university official business so that they can better assist you in an emergency. Students will register themselves through GlobalMiners or can contact our office for assistance. 

University Travel Guidelines and Policies

All students are required to follow the guidelines for international travel as dictated by the University of Missouri System and Missouri S&T. These guidelines are available for review below.  Students should familiarize themselves with these guidelines while planning for their semester abroad. 

Missouri S&T Student International Travel Policy

UM System Guideline on Student or Other Participant International Travel or Study Abroad

Medications and Vaccines

Please see your health care provider to update vaccinations or to obtain a prescription for antimalarial or other medications you may need. Another option is to visit a clinic that specializes in travel-related services, such as Travel Connections in Columbia, or Passport Health in St. Louis. These clinics can provide travel-related vaccinations and medications. Keep in mind that in some cases, it may take time for the vaccine to take effect, so it is important to plan in advance.

Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC)

For comprehensive health and safety information for travelers, see the OSAC Travel Security Form.

Additional Resources