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Health and Safety

The health, safety and security of ASU students participating in university sponsored study abroad and exchange programs is of paramount importance to the Center for International Studies.

The Center for International Studies follows best practices to assure the health and safety of ASU students abroad.

ASU study abroad program directors participate in the mandatory Risk Management Work Shop, which is moderated by the study abroad coordinator.  A representative from ASU’s Health Clinic/Counseling Center provides pertinent information regarding health issues and concerns that might arise when traveling with students abroad.

Prior to departure, all ASU students are required to attend an orientation session in which many heath, safety and security issues are addressed.  

All students traveling abroad are encouraged to register with the State Department. This allows American officials to know the location of any particular ASU student in the event of an emergency. If family members need to reach the student in case of an emergency, they can relate a message to the student through the Office of Overseas Citizens Services at 202-647-5225. The message will then be forwarded to the US embassy or consulate in the country the student is visiting.

All students traveling abroad receive an Emergency Contact Card with the Center for International Studies’ phone number. Through this phone number emergency assistance is available 24/7. The Emergency Contact Card also has the phone numbers of the US embassies in the countries the student is visiting.

To keep students safe abroad and to assure uniform coverage, Angelo State University has contracted with HTH Worldwide for insurance that provides health and accident coverage, emergency medical evacuation and repatriation of remains as well as political and security risk coverage. HTH Worldwide is a leader in providing comprehensive coverage to students around the world. The insurance company has an excellent network of medical providers and an established process for emergency evacuations which makes HTH Worldwide a great partner in providing the safest study abroad environment possible to ASU students.

Emergency Contact Phone Numbers

  • Center for International Studies—325-942-2083 (a CIS staff member is on call after hours)
  • HTH Worldwide Insurance Services—(within the U.S.) 888-350-2002 or (outside the U.S.) 610-254-8771
  • U.S. State Department’s Overseas Citizens Service—202-501-4444
  • U.S. State Department’s Overseas Citizen Service—202-647-5225 for relatives and friends who need to relate messages and/or wire money to student abroad. (This service can be accessed during the hours of 8:15 a.m.–10 p.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m.–2 p.m. on Saturdays.)