Health InsuranceShort-Term Abroad participants are automatically enrolled in two mandatory insurance plans, International SOS & Summit America Insurance Services (Summit). This insurance covers students only during the time they are abroad with the program. International SOS covers ONLY medical evacuation and repatriation. Summit provides coverage for accidents and sickness.
International SOS Travel Insurance
The George Washington University has contracted with a company called International SOS to provide worldwide assistance and evacuation services for all GW faculty, staff, and students traveling abroad for university-related business. The services provided by International SOS range from telephone advice and referrals to full-scale evacuation by private air ambulance.
The International SOS website contains an online Personal Locator form for inputting travel and destination information. All travelers must complete the form so that this information is available to International SOS and GW on-call staff should you need to be located in the event of a crisis or emergency.
You will be provided with an International SOS membership card. You should carry this with you at all times. It includes the telephone numbers of the three major worldwide International SOS Alarm Centers to contact in the event of an emergency. You will be provided instructions for enrolling in International SOS upon applying to your program.
Summit America Insurance Services (Summit)
Summit is insurance specifically designed for students studying abroad. Summit provides health coverage for accidents, sickness, medical conditions that may arise, and emergency medical reunion. It covers students in any country overseas, except their country of citizenship. Students will be provided with a Summit membership card at a pre-departure orientation session. You should carry this with you at all times. It includes emergency phone numbers and instructions for submission of claims.