Graduate Catalog
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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. 

Among the covered expenses, subject to exclusions and limitations as described in the CISI Schedule of Benefits, are:
  • Charges made by a Hospital for room and board, floor nursing and other services inclusive of charges for professional service and with the exception of personal services of a non-medical nature; provided, however, that expenses do not exceed the Hospital’s average charge for semiprivate room and board accommodation.
  • Charges made for diagnosis, treatment and surgery by a Doctor.
  • Charges made for outpatient treatment, same as any other treatment covered on an inpatient basis. This includes ambulatory surgical centers, Doctors’ outpatient visits/examinations, clinic care, and surgical opinion consultations.
  • Charges for medication, x-ray services, laboratory tests and services, the use of radium and radioactive isotopes, oxygen, blood, transfusions, iron lungs, and medical treatment.
  • Local transportation to or from the nearest Hospital or to and from the nearest Hospital with facilities for required treatment. Such transportation shall be by licensed ground ambulance only.
  • Nervous or Mental Disorders are payable a) up to $10,000 for outpatient treatment; or b) up to $50,000 on an inpatient basis. We shall not be liable for more than one such inpatient or outpatient occurrence under the Policy with respect to any one Insured Person.
  • Accidental dental charges for emergency dental repair or replacement to natural teeth damaged as a result of a covered Injury including expenses incurred for services or medications prescribed, performed or ordered by dentist.

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; e-mail:  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.