UC International is pleased to announce an important new support service for our students abroad. The University of Cincinnati is now an institutional member of International SOS, a membership that gives students studying abroad access to a full range of medical information and emergency services.
Remember students abroad should always carry their International SOS membership card with them. It contains the University’s membership number 11BCAS000010 and phone numbers to International SOS alarm centers.
Here is a brief overview of the most important program features:
As a member, you have access to International SOS information services at no charge.
These information services range from the website information provided (including country risk ratings, State Department postings, medical travel recommendations and immunization requirements) to access to medical doctors via phone consultation, referrals to English-speaking doctors, to care assessment and translation services in case of hospitalization.
However, use of actual medical services (beyond information services) is not free.
While members have access to International SOS 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 and evacuation insurance that covers them abroad.
We are very pleased to join over 100 other educational institutions now using International SOS services, which for many years have provided the best-available emergency medical services for military personnel, US government officials and staff, and other worldwide organizations and corporations.
One parent of a study abroad student wrote the following to us:
"I reviewed the International SOS website last night and was very impressed with the wealth of info they provide. It would be difficult for any of us to keep up with all of the changes on our own websites, and certainly the extra services (including the fee-based ones) give a measure of confidence to us parents."