MIT provides a range of services and resources to help travelers plan and prepare for their trip, and stay healthy while they are abroad.
Visit MIT Medical’s Travel Health Clinic to ensure a safe and healthy trip. The Clinic’s travel health professionals provide advice, immunizations, and a range of specialized medications. Services are available to all graduate and undergraduate students as well as faculty and staff who use MIT Medical for their primary care.
Visit the Travel Health Clinic’s website to:
- Make an appointment before you travel
- Learn about insurance coverage for immunizations
- Find out about travel information sessions available to groups of 10 or more
If you are an employee and receive your primary care outside of MIT, consult your primary care provider who can refer you to many of the travel clinics available in the area.
For more information about the Travel Health Clinic and travel-related health issues, please review this 10-minute video presentation.
For tips on what you should know to stay healthy while traveling abroad and what you should do before you go, please refer to this 11-minute podcast.
Healthcare coverage and insurance
MIT Health Plan
Travelers with MIT health plans (both MIT Traditional Health Plan and MIT Choice Plan) are eligible for the BlueCard Worldwide Program. This allows you to identify doctors and hospitals located abroad that have contracts with Blue Cross to provide care for MIT travelers.
Please note that the MIT health plans only cover emergency care while traveling overseas. Routine care needs should be addressed before your departure.
If you are an employee who is covered under an MIT health plan, and will be traveling for an extended period of time (greater than three months), it is recommended that you change your plan to the MIT PPO. You should consult with the Benefits Office concerning this option. They can be reached at 617-253-6151, or via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Student Abroad Health Insurance
MIT provides Study Abroad health insurance for registered students participating in an education or research activity sponsored or approved by MIT.
Outside of MIT Coverage
If your insurance coverage is outside of MIT, be sure to review your health benefits to determine if your insurance plan covers you while traveling abroad.
If needed, MIT's Office of Insurance provides alternative options for International Health/Travel insurance for those falling outside of MIT coverage (e.g. recently graduated MIT students, affiliates, etc.). Click here to learn more about the coverage and options.
International SOS (ISOS)
MIT has contracted with International SOS (ISOS), a worldwide travel assistance company, to provide medical and security support services to the MIT community. Please refer to the ISOS page for more information.