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Safety Abroad

International Safety and Security team monitors world events and responds to student, faculty, and staff incidents abroad on a 24/7 basis.

Safety Abroad Website

The Safety Abroad website ( is your primary resources for health, safety, and wellness abroad. Review the key pages below and familiarize yourself with the emergency contact resources, international insurance, safety and wellness tips before you depart.

Quick Links

International Insurance

All students should review the International Insurance Coverage information on the Safety Abroad website prior to departure. Below are key numbers, contact information, and quick tips for students when using the International Insurance.

Quick Tips

  • Before you leave, communicate with International Insurance to verify the legality of medications in your host country, arrange to have prescriptions issued or refilled while in country, and/or to request an allergy card translated into the local language.
  • While abroad, contact the International Insurance for assistance locating and scheduling medical appointments.
  • File claims with the International Insurance, which must be submitted within 90 days of receiving care. Learn more about filing a claim for reimbursement.

24/7 Emergency Contact Number


The Emergency Contact Number is a 24-hour response line for student, faculty, and staff members abroad. The number first directs callers to the University of Illinois Police Department (UIPD), who then forwards the call to International Safety and Security.

The U.S. Department of State provides a list of 911 equivalent phone numbers for countries around the world.

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