Student Health and Safety

Valparaiso Boats


GW partners with GeoBlue to provide university travelers with health and safety assistance as well as evacuation services. GeoBlue is also a resource for:

  • Country-specific travel information
  • Security and medical risk ratings and assessments
  • Vaccination requirements
  • Medical referrals
  • Repatriation services

After completing the appropriate online application for work, research, or study abroad, students must print out an emergency contact card, which provides GeoBlue’s emergency contact information. This card must be carried at all times while abroad.

Health Insurance

GW requires students to secure sufficient health insurance coverage for the duration of their travel abroad. Students can fulfill this requirement in one of the following ways:

  • Undergraduate students enrolled in a GW Office for Study Abroad program are automatically enrolled in health insurance coverage, either through their program provider or GeoBlue. If you are enrolled in an Office for Study Abroad program and have a question about your health insurance coverage, please reach out to the Office for Study Abroad at
  • Students who are not automatically enrolled in GeoBlue health insurance through the GW Office for Study Abroad are eligible to purchase personal short-term international health insurance coverage through GeoBlue. To purchase this coverage, please visit GeoBlue’s website.

HTH Worldwide Risk Ratings

To access destination-specific risk ratings, you will need to create a HTH Worldwide mPassport account. Please use these instructions for assistance in creating an account. 

U.S. State Department Travel Advisories

Before traveling abroad, you should consult the U.S. Department of State's website to determine the whether your destination has a Travel Warning or Alert.

To subscribe for email notifications and alerts while abroad, please enroll in the State Department's Smart Traveler Enrollment Program.