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Traveling abroad can be an engaging and rewarding experience for Washington University in St. Louis students, faculty and staff. International travel also requires careful planning, even for seasoned travelers. Each destination requires a different strategy for staying safe.  If you're planning a Washington University-related international trip, such as a service-learning project, research, short-term study abroad program or academic conference, here are a few things you should do before you go:

1.  Register Your Trip

Register your itinerary in the International Travel Registry so Washington University can locate you in an emergency and connect you with International SOS for assistance.  Remember to update your registration throughout your trip if necessary (e.g., local cell phone number, changed travel plans).  Registration is required for undergraduate students and strongly recommended for all Washington University travelers.  Register here:

2.  Register with Your Local EmbassySTEP Program Logo

Embassies can provide assistance to their nationals in an emergency.  U.S. Citizens or green card holders can register with local U.S. Embassies through the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) .

3.  Visit the International SOS Website Intl SOS

International SOS is Washington University's primary provider for international assistance in times of medical, political or natural disaster.  (Please note:  International SOS is NOT health insurance).  Download the International SOS app or print an International SOS card, and review the country-specific medical and security information for the country you will be visiting.  The Washington University membership number is 11BSGC000032.

4.  Review Your Health Insurance Coverage

International SOS is NOT health insurance.  Make sure your health insurance covers you in your destination country/countries. Review the information on the Global Engagement website, and contact your insurance provider or visit the Student Health Services website at for more details specific to your situation.

5.  Review the CDC's Travel Website

CDC logoThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has extensive resources for you to review before you travel.  Review destination-specific information.  You may need a vaccination before you travel.  Find out more at

Have additional questions?  Visit or call 314-935-8286 for more information about the International Travel Registry.
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