Health & Safety
Information regarding the pandemic and education abroad programs may be found on the IEGI COVID-19 FAQ page.
Binghamton University considers the safety of its students a top priority. We require participants in all Binghamton University-administered programs to attend a pre-departure orientation during which health, safety, legal and cultural issues and differences, as well as program specifics are discussed. In addition, we offer general pre-departure orientations for students participating in other SUNY and non-SUNY programs and provide all students with our Pre-departure Guide, which has a wealth of detailed health and safety information. Also, all Binghamton students participating in any education abroad program, whether through the SUNY system or not, are provided with pre-departure information in their online application, which includes basic safety and health information, including any current health advisories for international travel.
We encourage students to connect with our advisors and staff to discuss any questions related to their programming:
- Semester Drop-In Advising:
- In-Person: Monday - Thursday, 1:00 to 4:00, at Old Champlain, room 240 (OH 240)
- Virtual: Friday only, 1:00 to 4:00, via Zoom (https://binghamton.zoom.us/j/91419963980)
- Summer/Winter Drop-In Advising:
- In-Person: Monday - Thursday, 1:00 to 3:30, at Old Champlain, room 240 (OH 240)
- Virtual: Monday - Friday, 1:00 to 3:30, via Zoom (https://binghamton.zoom.us/j/91419963980)
- Health & Safety Drop-In Advising: Tuesday, 1:00 to 4:00, in-person at OH 240
The following government websites provide valuable tips and information to help ensure that the education abroad experience is a safe one. We encourage all students and parents to carefully review their information:
U.S. State Department Travel Warnings & Consular Information
U.S. State Department Country Information
CDC Travelers' Health Information
Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) with the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs
The Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) is a free service provided by the U.S. Government to U.S. citizens who are traveling to, or living in, a foreign country. STEP allows you to enter information about your upcoming trip abroad so that the Department of State can better assist you in an emergency. STEP also allows Americans residing abroad to get routine information from the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate. Full details, FAQs, and enrollment can be completed online at https://step.state.gov/step/
- Binghamton University Office of Risk Management and Administrative Compliance: https://www.binghamton.edu/rmac/risk-management/index.html
- Title IX: https://www.binghamton.edu/services/title-ix/
- The Cleary Act: https://www.binghamton.edu/offices/human-resources/employees/policies/clery.html
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For 24/7 assistance from the Global Health and Safety team:
1.888.714.6544- for claims status, visa letters, or coverage/benefits questions
1.844.249.0748- for emergencies; or to locate a provider/pharmacy outside of the US
The SUNY Board of Trustees requires that all students participating on any SUNY program purchase the SUNY-sponsored international student health insurance, provided through United Health Care, for the length of the program. Students accepted to Binghamton University's education abroad programs receive instructions to enroll and create an online account. If you will be spending additional time abroad, we also recommend that you include those dates in your coverage.