Studying abroad, vacations, sports team travel, and even spring break trips present wonderful opportunities for your students to learn and grow into adults that will make your institution proud. But what happens when illness or other safety issues strike while a student is away from campus? Perhaps a passport is lost, an injury is sustained, a student’s cash is stolen, or the student contracts a serious illness. Student Protection Plus Travel Assistance can help in all of these scenarios.
Whenever your students travel more than 100 miles from home, worldwide emergency travel assistance is just a phone call away. The Student Protection Plus Travel Assistance operations center is staffed twenty-four hours a day, 365 days a year, with multilingual, emergency certified personnel for medical consultation, evaluation, and, if the student is outside of the country, referral to English-speaking physicians.
With one phone call, Student Protection Plus Travel Assistance staff can help facilitate admittance to a foreign medical facility and/or validate the student’s medical insurance. When an adequate medical facility is not available, Travel Assistance can arrange evacuation under appropriate medical supervision to the nearest medical facility capable of providing appropriate care.
Travel Assistance through SPP will also help your students locate lost luggage or personal belongings, and assist with the replacement of lost or stolen travel documents including passports, permits, credit cards, travelers checks, tickets and other documents. The program can also help coordinate the transfer of emergency cash for students away from home, and ensure emergency messages reach the necessary parties.
Students can use Student Protection Plus Travel Assistance for:
In addition, Student Protection Plus member schools can meet federal insurance requirements for visiting students on J1 or J2 visas at a fraction of the typical cost.
1 Open Doors 2013: International Students in the United States and Study Abroad by American Students are at All-Time High. Open Doors 2013 Report. Institute of International Education, 11 Nov. 2013. Web. http://www.iie.org/Who-We-Are/News-and-Events/Press-Center/Press-releases/2013/2013-11-11-Open-Doors-Data
2 D.Phil., Robert. "The Dark Side of Studying Abroad -- and How to Address It." The Huffington Post. TheHuffingtonPost.com, 11 Mar. 2013. Web. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-quigley-md-dphil/mental-health-study-abroad_b_2852843.htmlv
3 Bryant, Slaine. "Medical Evacuation and Repatriation: How Much Coverage Do I Need?" Square Mouth. 21 June 2013. Web. https://www.squaremouth.com/travel-advice/medical-evacuation-and-repatriation-how-much-coverage-do-i-need