Health and Safety While Abroad

Study Away recognizes the increased awareness of health & safety while you are abroad and we are committed to maintaining your safety.

Student Health and Insurance

Health Preparation

We recommend you consult with a local physician for any major health-related inquiries when considering international travel. The Center for Disease Control offers supplemental advice and suggestions for country-specific information such as immunizations and alerts.

GeoBlue Health Insurance Plan

Missouri State requires you to be enrolled in our contracted international health insurance. Study Away will complete this enrollment on your behalf.  Our insurance partner, GeoBlue, specializes in covering students who are studying overseas for medical purposes only. Details regarding your plan and coverage will be provided during the mandatory pre-departure orientation.  If you’d like information prior to this, please email Study Away Programs for policy guideline.

If you will be traveling outside of official academic program dates, you may extend your GeoBlue coverage. Please contact the Study Away Office for further details on extensions. 

GeoBlue Medical Claim Form

When seeking medical care abroad, it is best to file a Direct Pay claim prior to your visit.  In case of an emergency, you must file a claim with GeoBlue as soon as possible through your insurance dashboard. This claim form can be found on your GeoBlue Dashboard.

Alert Traveler

Alert Traveler is a mobile application for iOS and Android systems. The app uses your GPS and travel itinerary to give updates about the countries or cities you plan to visit. The app also provides safety alerts. These inform you of any events that could impact your travel. 
Study Away uses the app to check-in instantly with all semester-long study abroad students. Short-term program directors use the instant check-in feature as well. It allows Study Away to confirm the health and safety of each student at any time.
Alert Traveler Tutorials

What Is AlertTraveler?  

Downloading and Activating AlertTraveler 

AlertTraveler Alerts and Check-in Requests 

AlertTraveler Subscription and Profile Settings 

AlertTraveler Location Information and Emergency Contact 

Travel Protection Insurance

While Study Away does enroll you in health insurance, this does not include travel protection.  Travel protection may be something you and your family would like to consider.  Insure My Trip can assist with identifying an appropriate travel insurance that offers you coverage for your program, non-refundable fees, and travel expenses.

Emergency Response

We encourage you to research cultural differences and prevention measures before departure as part of preventing sexual harassment.

Study Away's Emergency Response Plan provides guidelines for emergencies abroad and is intended to complement the University's Emergency Response Plan which is focused on home based campus emergencies.  In the case of an emergency, please contact Study Away staff immediately via email, phone, or social media to activate our emergency plan.  

Policies and Procedures

Missouri State University is committed to maintaining the safety of all students both on campus and abroad.  Study Away Programs has established policies, procedures, and an organizational structure for responses to emergencies that occur abroad.  This plan describes the roles and responsibilities of University personnel during crisis situations. The basic emergency procedures are designed to protect lives through effective use of University and community resources. Since an emergency may be sudden and without warning, these procedures are designed to be flexible in order to accommodate contingencies of various types and magnitudes. Study Away Program's plan provides guidelines for emergencies abroad and is intended to complement the University's Emergency Response Plan which is focused on home based campus emergencies.