Health and Safety Abroad

Whereas you may not think twice about your health and safety abroad, we strongly advise that you plan ahead to ensure that you take every precaution necessary to stay healthy, safe, and happy.  Before you leave the United States, make use of the following resources to prevent illness or crime.

International Health Insurance

It is mandatory for all study abroad students to have international health insurance. The study abroad office will order insurance for you through Frontier MEDEX, unless you are studying on a program which includes other (sufficient) health insurance coverage (this includes most program provider options).

To view the summary of benefits, click here.  The cost of coverage is $7.95 per week (any 7 day period).

Faculty-Led Programs

If you are participating on a Faculty-Led program, insurance will automatically be ordered for you for the official dates of the program. If you are planning on traveling before or after your program and wish to purchase insurance for those additional days, please contact the office at abroad@ksu.edu.

The fee for Frontier MEDEX insurance will be included in your program fees due to the Study Abroad Office.

Independent Programs

Once accepted to a program, a "K-State Study Abroad Health Insurance Registration Form" questionnaire will appear* in your StudioAbroad online application.  This questionnaire will ask you to state your dates of departure and return to the U.S. The insurance policy will cover the dates you submit in the questionnaire.

The fee for Frontier MEDEX insurance will appear as a "Program Fees" charge on your ISIS account shortly before the term you will be abroad.

*If studying through a program for which insurance is included, you will not see this questionnaire appear. If you are planning on traveling before or after your program and wish to purchase insurance for those days, please contact the Study Abroad Office at abroad@ksu.edu.

International Research, Conferences, Non-Credit Travel, or Other University Related Travel

It is highly recommended that students traveling abroad obtain international health insurance, since many health insurance plans do not cover important costs that could be incurred while traveling abroad.  These include Emergency Medical Evacuation, Repatriation of Remains, a Family Assistance Benefit, a Bereavement Reunion Benefit, a Security Evacuation Benefit and Worldwide Travel Assistance.

The Study Abroad Office is able to offer international health insurance coverage to students traveling abroad for reasons related to their K-State educational experience. To purchase this insurance, please contact the appropriate Study Abroad Advisor for your field of student.

Health Resources

The Lafene Health Center

A travel consultation is available at the K-State Lafene Health Center to assist students, faculty, or staff who are traveling abroad.

Your initial, thirty-minute consultation will include:

  • An individual review of vaccination requirements for the region that you are visiting
  • Travel recommendations for the region based on current health and safety precautions
  • A worksheet that lists health requirements and recommendations
  • An optional referral to a physician for any medications, health assessment, or needed instruction
  • Access to necessary vaccinations (allow for a one-hour appointment)

Appointments should be scheduled well in advance (at least two to three months) of the desired travel date.  Some vaccination requirements may take several months to be completed.  Bring a record of prior immunizations and a completed Travel Clinic Form to your initial consultation.

There is no charge for travel clinic visits.  Charges assessed include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Medication(s) purchased through the Lafene Pharmacy
  • Vaccinations given
  • Physical examinations

Current prices for services, appointments or additional information may be obtained by calling 785-532-6544

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

The CDC is one of the best sources for information health abroad.  Searching by country will be bring up listings of recommended and required vaccines as well as potential health risks associated with that region of the world.

Safety Resources

How Foreign Laws Apply to You

When you travel abroad, you are no longer under the legal jurisdiction of the United States and must abide by all the laws of the countries in which you travel.  Consider reading about your host country before you depart the U.S.

Supplemental Travel Insurance (PDF)

Some students choose to purchase supplemental travel insurance to provide coverage for loss or delay of personal belongings, program delays or cancellations, or other unexpected occurrences during their international experiences.  All supplemental insurance policies are the sole responsibility of the student and must be purchased on an individual basis.

The Study Abroad Office encourages students to review supplemental insurance options and decide whether it is right for them to purchase a policy.

Theft Insurance

Theft insurance usually provides coverage for the replacement costs of items stolen while abroad, such as a laptop or camera.

Baggage Insurance

Baggage insurance usually provides reimbursement for loss, theft, or damage to baggage. Some policies also provide reimbursement of expenses incurred as a result of lost baggage, such as the purchase of clothing or personal hygiene items.

Trip Cancellation and Interruption Insurance

Trip cancellation and interruption insurance usually provides reimbursement of unused, non-refundable pre-aid travel expenses in the event of trip cancellation or interruption.

Trip Delay Insurance

Trip delay insurance usually helps cover costs incurred if a trip is substantially delayed, generally by 12 hours or longer.

U.S. Department of State

The U.S. Department of State protects American citizens while they are abroad.  Consider enrollment in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP), a free service that allows the Department of State to better assist you if you have an emergency abroad.  Also consider some Department of State safety tips and information for students abroad, and download the Smart Traveler App.