Risk Management

International Travel

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Global Accident and Health Protection

American University students, faculty, and staff traveling abroad, not in their country of permanent residence, need protection that will help them in the event of sudden illness or serious injury. In some countries, U.S. health insurance is not accepted in lieu of payment prior to treatment. While a claim for reimbursement can be filed once the traveler returns home, paying cash before receiving medical attention can cause a hardship for the traveler. In extreme cases, medical evacuation might be necessary and those prepaid costs would more likely be significant.

To make sure that all American University international travelers have adequate insurance, with coverage that might not otherwise be available, all participants are required to enroll in the ACE Travel Assistance Program. Please contact your school or department’s contact person or call 202/885-1548. The following documents are attached for your reference:

Summary of Benefits – Faculty and Staff

Summary of Benefits – Students

Summary of Travel Assistance Program and ID Card

Full Description of Travel Assistance Services/Full Policy

Cost of Coverage

Cost of coverage $6.50 per week (any portion of a week (e.g., 4 day stay) will be charged as a whole week)

$23.00 per month 

$85.00 per semester



The university will pay premiums for faculty and staff. As of 09/01/01 departments are being charged for students' coverage.

Requests for Country-Specific Information

Country-specific information is also available by request. The information includes, travel warnings, weather conditions, country customs, documentation needed to enter the country, risk analysis, immunizations needed, etc. Please contact the Administrative Coordinator in the Office of Finance and Treasurer to obtain a country-specific report.

Contact Information

Kathleen McDermott
Administrative Coordinator
Phone: 202-885-1548
Email: kmcdermo@american.edu