Get Ready: Health/Safety

MIT is here for students who are abroad.

Resources include pre-travel advising, in-country contacts, secure cloud storage for vital documents and information, worldwide alumni networks, and automatic enrollment in emergency services.

While most MIT-related travel is relatively safe, we still encourage you to take the right steps before you go. Minimize your risk and increase your preparedness with the following steps.

Minimize Your Risk

Get permission and help if you plan to go anywhere that is designated as higher risk. MIT’s Travel Risk web site identifies locations around the world that are deemed moderate, high, or highest risk. If you plan to go somewhere in one of these categories, seek advice from global program staff. In some cases, you may need special permission from the Chancellor to receive MIT funding or credit. In others, you will have to submit a Graduate and Undergraduate Student Travel Form to your department.

Protect Your Health

Look up your travel destinations in the CDC Traveler’s Health guide and the World Health Organization website to see if you need to get immunizations, avoid certain areas, drink only bottled water, etc.

Make a travel health appointment with MIT Medical as soon as you know where you’re going. You may need to get immunizations, sometimes months in advance.

Get Insured

Health plan coverage differs depending on your plan. Local laws also affect how your insurance will be processed. You should speak with your health insurance provider about how coverage works, and consider purchasing additional insurance depending on their policies. This is also something you can discuss with MIT’s Travel Clinic and global program staff.

Back-up Your Documents and Register Your Travel

MIT uses a campus-wide database called Horizons to safely store travel itineraries, emergency contact information, insurance details and documents like passport and visa scans. Horizons facilitates the mobilization of resources to help you in an emergency, so make sure to register your travel and fill in all required information before you leave. Contact Global Education to learn more.

Prepare for an Emergency

All MIT students are eligible for ISOS coverage, which includes emergency medical and security services. ISOS does not take the place of your regular health coverage, but they can help you figure out where to get medical treatment. They offer pre-trip advising about health and safety. In extreme cases, they can even evacuate you from unsafe areas or to medical facilities.