Health and Safety

The well-being of our faculty, staff, and students abroad is our top priority. Learn about the resources available to support you while abroad and what you can do to prepare yourself to stay safe overseas.

Program Monitoring/Risk Management

Penn State's priority is to keep students and faculty safe while abroad. We have measures in place to assist with safety before travel and while students and faculty are abroad. Discover these resouces at Global Support.

International Health Insurance

All students, faculty, and staff who are traveling outside of the United States on university business, with university funds or with a university organization are covered by Penn State's international health insurance.  This section provides an overview of the insurance coverage and where to access information.

Emergencies Abroad

If you experience an emergency while traveling internationally, immediately seek local assistance. You can contact Penn State and the University's international insurance provider 24/7 for help.

Preparing to Study Abroad

Through planning and research you can prevent or be prepared for many of the common issues you might face in adjusting to a different environment overseas, such as: how to guard against petty theft, mitigate the risks of road safety, be cautious about water activities, maintain a low profile, and stay in touch with colleagues/loved ones.