International Travel

Bowling Green State University International Travel Services and Insurance Program

BGSU recognizes the importance of having resources available while traveling abroad on a BGSU-Business.  As a traveler, you may ask yourself: What would happen if I became ill, or were involved in an accident, or a encountered security related incident in a foreign country?  How would I deal with an emergency where language is a problem and adequate standards of medical care cannot be guaranteed?  What if I were in a foreign country where the political situation was unstable or quickly deteriorating? To meet some of these challenges when abroad, BGSU provides an integrated International Services and Insurance Program.

Student Travel Policy

International Travel Assistance Services   

BGSU has contracted with the premier international services provider, International SOS (ISOS), who will be there when emergency medical, personal, travel, legal, and security assistance services are needed when traveling overseas on a BGSU-sanctioned program.

Services available:

  • One phone call to the ISOS Network of multi-lingual staff
  • Telephone advice and referrals to full-scale medical evacuations by private air ambulance
  • ISOS Network of critical care and aero medical specialists operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year from ISOS Alarm Centers around the world
  • Assist in managing the complex issues of people, information, communications, and transportation during a threatening emergency situation

Visit the ISOS’s website for more information and enter the BGSU ISOS membership number 11BCAS000010:

International Travel Medical Insurance

BGSU provides a unique insurance program for travelers abroad on BGSU-sanctioned programs, which works in concert with ISOS. This insurance program is primary in all cases, and because of the special relationship between ISOS and the Plan Administrators, emergency management and health care decision-making is simplified for the traveler. Please see the Explanation of Benefits (EOB) for additional information about the program.

Summary of Coverage   

COVID-19 Coverage FAQ

Before You Travel

  1. Register with the BGSU International Travel Registry
  2. Register with the State Department Smart Traveler Enrollment Program
  3. Download the International SOS Assistant app on your smart phone for full risk information about your destination
  4. Review BGSU's Information Technology Service's International Travel Guidelines

Restricted Travel

Travel to the following locations is restricted by BGSU Insurance carriers. Please contact Risk Management before planning travel to the following locations (list current as of August 2019):

Cote D'Ivoire (Ivory Coast)
Cuba (Signed Affidavit Required)
Democratic Republic of Congo
North Korea



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Payment for Companion Travel

Personal Travel

Personal travel is not covered under BGSU's International Travel Services and Insurance Program. Insurance for personal travel can be purchased by the traveler if desired through an outside company, such as GeoBlue.

Employees are eligible for some personal travel assistance services through the group life insurance program. For details, please see the HR Website.




Updated: 06/30/2023 11:43AM