Washington University considers the health and safety of our students a top priority. It is important that students evaluate their health needs and the host country’s culture and climate as they research programs.

Student Health and Safety | Review the Students Health & Safety page to read the guidance provided to students during the application and admission phases. Students should meet with a doctor prior to going abroad for a general health check-up, to discuss health concerns or treatment while abroad, and to make sure they are up-to-date on all routine or suggested vaccinations.

Health Insurance | The University requires that each student participating in a study abroad or university-sponsored program enroll in GeoBlue. Students will be automatically enrolled in this plan, regardless of the program, approximately 1-2 months prior to departure. They will receive their ID card and information on logging into the system once they have been registered. Once enrolled, we suggest they login to their account and download the GeoBlue app prior to departure so they are familiar with the system. Students who are wishing to travel prior to or following their program dates are welcome to enroll in GeoBlue directly to extend their coverage. The cost of this plan will be charged to the student’s billing account is approximately $250-$350 a semester, depending on the formal academic calendar of the program. Some countries, notably France and Australia, may also require additional insurance at the expense and registration of the individual student. Host universities will communicate these requirements and instructions directly to students.  

Please note: the GeoBlue policy is not a substitute for the student’s existing domestic health insurance coverage.  It does not provide domestic (US) coverage, and does not meet the University’s requirements for student health insurance – it is a supplement to the student’s existing health insurance. Students and parents should not cancel any other health insurance coverage.

Washington University students are also covered at no extra cost by International SOS (ISOS) Emergency Service Plan. This is an assistance program, not health insurance.