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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.

Drop-In Advising Hours
Useful Websites
Smart Traveler Enrollment Program
Insurance - UHC


Drop-In Advising Hours

We encourage students to connect with our advisors and staff to discuss any questions related to their programming: 

  • Se​mester Drop-In Advising:
  • Summer/Winter Drop-In Advising:
  • Health & Safety Drop-In Advising: Tuesday, 1:00 to 4:00, in-person at OH 240 

Useful Websites

As conditions evolve globally, Binghamton University and the IEGI monitors and assesses program safety using information provided by the U.S. State Department Travel AdvisoriesCenters for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Warning level alerts, the World Health Organization (WHO), and the Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC). The IEGI also follows guidance from our campus Office of Risk Management and the International Travel Safety Committee, and considers procedures implemented by our fellow SUNY study abroad offices. At any time, Binghamton University’s assessment and decision making can be superseded by decisions made by the State University of New York and the State of New York.  

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 Traveler's Checklist
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



The State University of New York is committed to operating with integrity and in compliance with all applicable laws, regulations, and policies. 


Health Insurance

 Information regarding the SUNY International Health Insurance policy be found online at,
then enter "Binghamton University" where it indicates "Let's start with your school name."  

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.