Health and Safety

The Office of International Programs makes every effort to stay on top of health and safety issues for all program sites.  A comprehensive pre-departure orientation provides students with information and resources to prepare them for responsible behavior and decision-making abroad as well as procedures to follow in the event of an emergency.  Please review the following information and feel free to contact us regarding any questions or concerns you may have.  


All students are required to have their own comprehensive medical insurance coverage for the duration of the study-abroad program.  Please check to see whether or not your family policy covers you while in another country.  If it does not, please contact the Office of International Programs for information on insurance policies designed especially for study abroad participants.

For a list of recommended international health insurance providers, please visit:  NAFSA: Insurance and Medical Assistance.


Students are requested to enroll in the Department of State's Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).  STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates, and makes it easier for the U.S. embassy or nearest U.S. consulate to contact you in an emergency. 

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Emergency Assistance Services

Students, faculty, staff, alumni and volunteers participating on a Valparaiso University sponsored trip outside the United States are automatically covered by the EIIA International Travel Program, in partnership with FrontierMEDEX, which provides emergency-based medical assistance, personal security, and medical evacuation and repatriation services.  

For more information on the EIIA International Travel Program, please visit:

Services include: 

  • Evacuation services in the event of a catastrophe or political unrest
  • Assistance in replacing a lost credit card, passport, wallet, or documentation
  • Contact information for the nearest embassy, consulate, government office, and vetted attorney firms
  • Translation services via telephone
  • Current weather conditions for your destination
  • Information on required immunizations and recommended preventative medicines
  • Assistance in obtaining special medical services or supplies (e.g. a wheelchair or oxygen tank)
  • Contact information and office hours for local medical providers
  • Assistance in filling a prescription
  • Forwarding of medical records to a local doctor or hospital
  • Aid in arranging a medical evacuation with an approved transporter and medical professional
  • and more.