Health & Safety
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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:
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.
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
What is the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)?
• 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.
Enrollment in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program makes your presence and whereabouts known, in case it is necessary for a consular officer to contact you in an emergency. During a disaster overseas, American consular officers can assist in evacuation were that to become necessary. But they cannot assist you if they do not know where you are.
Enrollment is particularly important for those who plan to stay in a country longer than one month, or who will travel to:
*A country where there are no U.S. officials. In such cases, you should register at the U.S. embassy or consulate in an adjacent country, leave an itinerary with the Consular Section, ask about conditions in the country that you will visit and ask about the third country that may represent U.S. interests there.
If you are traveling with an escorted tour to areas experiencing political uncertainty or other problems, find out if your tour operator is enrolling your trip through the State Department's STEP website. If it is not, or if you are traveling on your own, you can enroll yourself at: https://step.state.gov/step/
In accordance with the Privacy Act, information on your welfare or whereabouts may not be released to inquirers without your expressed written authorizations. Remember to leave a detailed itinerary and the numbers or copies of your passport or other citizenship documents with a friend or relative in the United States.
Why should I enroll?
How can the embassy or consulate assist me while I am abroad?
Enrollment through this website is NOT considered proof of U.S. citizenship. If you apply for any American citizen services from the embassy or consulate while abroad, you will be asked by the consular staff to provide proof of U.S. citizenship, such as a U.S. passport or American birth certificate.
How do I enroll?
For more valuable travel information go to:
- Binghamton University Office of Risk Management and Administrative Compliance (https://www.binghamton.edu/rmac/title-ix/index.html)
- Title IX (https://www.binghamton.edu/rmac/title-ix/index.html)
- Clery Act Reporting: Annual Security Report (http://www.binghamton.edu/student-handbook/asr.pdf)
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. If you will be spending additional time abroad, we also recommend that you include those dates in your coverage. The health insurance program is administered by the sponsoring SUNY campus.