Your Health

MIT provides a range of services and resources to help travelers plan and prepare for their trip, and stay healthy while they are abroad.

Travel Clinic

Visit MIT Medical’s Travel Health Services 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 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 Clinic and travel-related health issues, please review this 11-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

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. A list of participating doctors and hospitals is available on the BlueCard Worldwide website.

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 a 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:

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.

Other vendors may be able to provide coverage. For further information, please contact Sandra Mitchell in the Insurance Office at 617-324-7117.

ALWAYS carry your health insurance card with you while abroad.

International SOS (ISOS)

Phone: (US international code)-215-942-8478     MIT ID#: 11BSGC000066

*Call collect any time. International calling codes for the United States vary please check this website for the correct code.

MIT has contracted with International SOS (ISOS), a worldwide travel assistance company, to provide emergency medical, security, and natural disaster evacuation and other support services to faculty, staff, and students who are traveling abroad on MIT business. (ISOS services are also provided to faculty and staff on leisure travel.) Completing a few simple steps will help you get the most out of ISOS:

  • 24-hour assistance centers, international clinics and remote-site medical facilities covering five continents
  • Medical evacuation and medical referrals while abroad
  • Information on current medical alerts and required immunizations
  • Download the ISOS membership app prior to your trip. You can use it to get travel alerts from your current location, call for assistance with one click, and link to important medical and travel security information.
  • Request an MIT/ISOS travel card from Todd Holmes at 617-324-7696 or Sarah Brown at 617-324-5031. (A copy can also be downloaded by visiting the MIT/ISOS portal.)
  • We highly recommend registering your trip with ISOS so that your information can be accessed in case of emergency.