International SOS

Syracuse University is an institutional member of International SOS , a membership that gives students studying abroad access to a full range of medical information and emergency services.

Here is a brief overview of the most important program features:

As a member, you have access to ISOS information services at no charge.

These information services offer country risk ratings, State Department postings, medical travel recommendations and immunization requirements, access to medical doctors via phone consultation, referrals to English-speaking doctors, care assessment and translation services in case of hospitalization.

However, use of actual medical services (beyond information services) are not free. While members have access to ISOS clinics and doctors around the world, delivery of such services must be covered by the member and/or the member’s health insurance policy. This program and membership is not an insurance plan. Students are still required to have health insurance that covers them abroad.

SU Abroad strongly recommends that you use another feature of ISOS membership: the personal information record. Students can input medical history, blood type, recent surgeries, allergies, etc., and this confidential information is only accessed by ISOS medical staff in an emergency situation where the student is not able to communicate. Travel plans and contact information (destination, dates, flights, hotels) can also be logged on the website, and will not be accessed unless the information is needed in an emergency. For more information and FAQs, please see the International ISOS website .