Temple University considers the health and safety of its students studying abroad to be one of its top priorities, as the ability to remain healthy and safe while overseas is paramount to a successful study abroad experience. While no organization or institution can guarantee the safety of participants, the risks can be significantly reduced if program staff, students, parents, and advisers at the host and home institutions all work together. We encourage students to take responsibility in their personal planning for study abroad to ensure a healthy and safe term overseas.
Students accepted to study abroad are provided with a Program Manual, which provides detailed guidelines on how to prepare for study abroad with regard to health and safety. We encourage students to review this information thoroughly and share it with their parents and family.
Student health overseas
Student physical and mental well-being is a fundamental component of a successful and happy stay abroad. Participants should plan ahead and schedule a check-up with physician, dentist, counselor, and eye-care specialist prior to departure. Even mild physical or psychological disorders can become serious under the stresses of life while studying abroad and away from regular support systems. If a student has a pre-existing physical or mental health condition, we urge them to discuss this with an Associate Director at Education Abroad, as well as the program director or someone on the program staff immediately. If a health related issue arises while abroad, staff on-site are knowledgeable of local resources and are usually in the best position to resolve issues quickly.
Effective July 1, 2017 (for faculty and staff) and effective the August 15, 2017 and/or fall term (for students), students, faculty and staff traveling abroad will be covered by Temple's new international travel medical insurance plan, administered by International SOS. Like the existing security and advisory services provided by International SOS described below, the cost of this coverage will be paid by the Office of Risk Management and Treasury. Travelers will no longer be required to purchase international health insurance coverage individually. Coverage applies to registered Temple sanctioned travel.
International travel is considered Temple sanctioned when at least one of the following criteria applies:
- Education Abroad that is pre-approved for Temple credit. This includes semester and year-long study abroad, summer study abroad, short-term and immersion programs of any duration, and research that is tied to academic credit.
- Travel that is directly related to, or in support of, academic research or fieldwork.
- Travel that is funded, in full or in part, by Temple or Temple-managed funds (grants, stipends, scholarships, fellowships, financial aid).
- Travel that is accompanied by Temple faculty or a staff member acting in his/her role as a Temple employee.
- Travel that is undertaken by one or more members of a student organization officially recognized and sponsored by the appropriate university entity and the purpose of travel is within the scope and mission of the University.
- Travel that is completed within the course and scope of employment at Temple, regardless of funding source.
Spouses and dependents:
- Temple travel benefits extend to legal spouses and dependent children traveling with current faculty and staff on Temple sanctioned travel, provided that the travel itineraries for legal spouses and/or dependents are registered in the with International SOS at mytrips.travelsecurity.com.
Please note, Temple sanctioned travel does not include:
- Personal travel such as vacation
- Personal travel of 3 days or more before or after Temple sanctioned travel
- Group travel organized by students, without administrative oversight and unrelated to a recognized student organization or the purpose of travel does not meet scope and mission of the University
- Instances when Temple faculty or staff has discussed a travel opportunity, forwarded information about travel that might be of interest, or posted information about travel opportunities offered by third parties but otherwise does not meet funding, credit, or organizational criteria above
Travel advisory and emergency services
Temple University also subscribes to International SOS travel advisory and emergency evacuation services. Coverage is provided to all members of the Temple community on a blanket basis and the service does not require students to sign up individually. Students are encouraged to visit Temple University’s membership page on the International SOS website to familiarize themselves with the services provided and how to activate coverage in the event of an emergency. The University, its trustees, employees, agents, subsidiaries or affiliates, are not responsible for the quality of any services provided by International SOS.
Temple University’s International SOS membership number is #11BSGC000017.
The U.S. Department of State Travel website provides information on crime and security, health and medical conditions and the location of the U.S. embassy and any consular offices through Country-Specific Information sheets on every country in the world. We encourage all students and their families to review this information for any countries they may be traveling to.
If students encounter a problem while studying abroad, they should first contact the on-site staff or an emergency responder. If unable to do so, please contact us as follows:
- During regular business hours (Monday through Friday, 8:30 am - 5 pm EST): Call Education Abroad at (215) 204-0720 during regular business hours.
- Outside of business hours: Call Temple University Campus Safety Services office at (215) 204-1234. Please leave your name, the name of the student and study abroad program, and a number where you can be reached. Campus Safety will contact an Education Abroad staff member, who will return the call as soon as possible.