Graduate Catalog
Policies, Procedures, Academic Programs
Graduate School Policies
Required Insurance for Students Traveling Internationally
Virginia Tech’s Global Travel Policy (Policy No. 1070) stipulates that all Virginia Tech faculty, staff, and documented representatives traveling internationally for business purposes enroll in an appropriate university-approved Global Travel Insurance program, regardless of any alternative coverage they might have.  This requirement extends to students participating in university-supported global education experiences (for credit or not for credit), who are required to carry international emergency medical and assistance services insurance.  

The approved Global Travel Insurance provider currently is Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI).  The CISI plan provides emergency medical coverage and evacuation, security evacuation, and repatriation services.  This coverage is provided on a per-person fee basis. The cost for CISI coverage is an allowable international travel expense for university travelers. 

On Call International – A benefit of the Aetna Student Health Insurance plan
Students on the Student Health Insurance Plan through Aetna, which is offered to full-time students attending the university, have access to On Call International.  For questions regarding On Call International, please contact the Student Medical Insurance Office at (540) 231-6226 or email to 

Students who are not enrolled in the VT student insurance plan may purchase the university-approved CISI plan through the Office of Risk Management, phone: (540) 231-7439.  Students should purchase optional coverage prior to leaving the U.S.A. For the link to the CISI application or if more information is needed, please visit the Risk Management website.