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Important Message on Study Abroad Safety 

February 24, 2020

Please review the Frequently Asked Questions regarding Study Abroad Safety. (pdf)



Study Abroad Insurance and Safety

Saint Mary’s College makes it a top priority to ensure the safety and well-being of students studying abroad. Once you are admitted to a Saint Mary’s Study Abroad program, we will provide in-depth information on your program location and onsite orientations to help you remain safe and healthy throughout your experiences abroad.

GEO Blue Health Insurance

Saint Mary’s College offers mandatory health insurance to all students studying abroad through GeoBlue insurance company. Students on any of Saint Mary’s study abroad programs are automatically covered by this policy. The cost of this insurance is included in the study abroad fee for semester programs or program fee for short-term programs.

Saint Mary’s study abroad students will receive a copy of the GeoBlue pamphlet during pre-departure orientation. You will be enrolled in the insurance plan by CWIL once you are admitted by Saint Mary’s study abroad programs and have confirmed the participation. The GeoBlue card will be sent to students in two days by the company and students need to register at its website for benefits and forms.

The insurance coverage begins on the day when you leave the U.S. and ends two days after the program ending date. If you come back home earlier because of illness or accident, you will not be covered by the insurance anymore. We recommend that you maintain or purchase a separate plan for coverage in the U.S. If you have personal travel plan overseas before or after the program dates, you are responsible for your own coverage.

You may download the following documents for your reference.


GEO Blue Insurance Policy

• Lifetime Maximum Benefit: $1,000,000
• Policy Year Maximum Benefits: $100,000
• Maximum Benefit per Injury or Sicknesses: $100,000
• Basic Medical Expense Benefit per Injury or Sickness: Up to $100,000 Maximum: 100% of Reasonable Expenses
• Deductible: $0 per Injury or Sickness
• Accidental death and dismemberment: Maximum Benefit: Principal Sum up to $10,000 for Participants; up to $5000 for Spouse; up to $1000 per Child(ren)
• Repatriation of Remains: Maximum Benefit up t $25,000
• Medical Evacuation: Maximum Lifetime Benefit for all Evacuations up to $250,000
• Bedside Visit: Up to a maximum benefit of $1,500 for the cost of one economy round-trip air fare ticket to, and the hotel accommodations in, the place of the Hospital Confinement for one (1) person

What to do in the Event of an Emergency?

All Eligible Participants are entitled to Global Assistance Services while traveling outside the United States. In the event of an emergency, they should go immediately to the nearest physician or hospital without delay and then contact GEO Blue at the number listed on the back of your insurance card. GEO Blue will then take the appropriate action to assist and monitor the medical care until the situation is resolved.

Claims Submission

Claims are to be submitted to GeoBlue. See page 7 of the GEO Blue Guide for instructions on how to file. See https://www.geobluestudents.com/ website for claims forms.

Emergency Response Plan

The Center for Women’s Intercultural Leadership has formulated an emergency plan for students studying abroad, which helps Saint Mary’s College, CWIL, program faculty coordinators, resident directors, and study abroad students get prepared in the event of an emergency. Please check the Study Abroad Emergency Response Plan (pdf) for more details.

If you have futher questions contact:
Alice Yang
Associate Director, International Education

Center for Women’s Intercultural Leadership
123 Spes Unica Hall


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