Medical Review Process
SIT Study Abroad is committed to the health and safety of all our program participants. Through our years of experience, we have found that preparation, prevention, and communication are key to keeping students healthy and safe.
Prior to departure, students must submit an SIT Study Abroad health form to be reviewed by the SIT Health Review Committee. All questions must be answered, and materials must be submitted on time (November 30 for spring semester, June 15 for fall semester, or April 10 for summer programs).
We strongly encourage students to fully disclose their health history so we can prepare them properly for their study abroad experience, make any necessary special arrangements, and in some cases assess whether there may be any health reasons that a student should consider another program.
This information will be kept confidential and will be provided to our in-country academic directors to assist them with planning for any serious medical conditions and to facilitate emergency healthcare needs that may arise during the program. A member of SIT’s staff may contact students to discuss program realities and to clarify expectations for our program staff and for the student.
Please note that failure to disclose complete and accurate information on the health form may result in dismissal from the program.
SIT Study Abroad wants to help ensure the health and safety of all participants. As such, we partner with International SOS, providing membership to all of our students in their medical and security assistance services. International SOS has been providing high quality global medical and security services for more than 25 years. In the unlikely event of a medical emergency, the highest quality medical care will be arranged for you. If necessary, the coverage facilitates medical and security evacuation of students from the country.
The services of International SOS are meant to compliment the risk management and health recommendations of the SIT Study Abroad Student Affairs team. All participants are automatically enrolled in this coverage.
Students are strongly encouraged to maintain their ongoing coverage in the US.
Students are insured through Nationwide, which has a direct billing agreement in place with International SOS to ensure a seamless claims process alleviating the need for our students to file claims. For further details about the Nationwide policy coverage, read the Summary of Benefits.
SIT’s membership with International SOS includes access to a 24-hour emergency assistance network. This multilingual service can help locate appropriate medical treatment; coordinate with doctors and hospitals; arrange direct payment, emergency medical evacuation, replacement of stolen passports or tickets; and provide other general assistance.
All students should print the membership card and carry a copy with them at all times.
If you are in need of emergency medical support services:
- Contact your academic director or other local staff member
- Contact International SOS immediately by calling +1 215 942-8478
- Identify yourself with the membership number 11BYCA639556 or mention SIT Study Abroad
If students do not contact International SOS before receiving treatment, they should expect to pay upfront medical costs and file for reimbursement. If, for any reason, you have paid out-of-pocket expenses to cover medical costs, please use the following claim form to submit for reimbursement.
International SOS Contact Information
Call direct or collect: +1 215 942-8478. There is 24-hour, seven-days-a-week coverage.
Member number: 11BYCA639556
In addition to the health and safety resources provided by SIT Study Abroad on the website and in student pre-departure documents, we encourage students and their families to consult other resources for further information about health and safety while abroad.
These websites are particularly useful: