Expectations of International Trips
In addition to service trip expectations outlined in the planning guide and required forms, international service trip participants and leaders should be aware of the following expectations:
- Adhere to the WashU International Travel Policy (required)
- Enroll in HTH Worldwide Accident & Sickness Insurance (strongly encouraged) – a link to the WashU enrollment page will be provided when you enter the Studio Abroad system to complete your required forms.
- Register with local embassy (strongly encouraged)
- Download membership card or app with International SOS
(strongly encouraged. Cards are available during participant training upon advanced request.)
- Review safety, security, and health information with:
Proposal Requirement (All Trips)
Proposals are required of all service trips – both international and domestic. Although the guidelines specify international trips, the Gephardt Institute is requiring the same information from domestic trips. Proposals must be submitted a minimum of 45 days prior to proposed travel dates, but ideally between 6-12 months earlier. Please allow a minimum of 30 days for review of your proposal.
International service trip Proposals are reviewed by the International Travel Oversight Committee for university approval.
Our office can support you through the proposal process – and if necessary, the petition process – to help you develop a solid plan for your trip and then articulate it effectively in writing. You might also consider seeking assistance from the Writing Center. Proposals should be submitted via email to Dedric Carter, Vice Chancellor for Operations and Technology.
(Trips to High Risk Locations)
Petitions are required of all international service trips travelling to or through any country or region for which a “Travel Suspension Condition” applies (typically, this is indicated by Travel Warnings or Travel Alerts issues by the U.S. Department of State). Requests for exemption from a travel suspension are evaluated on a program by program basis.
All Petitions are reviewed by the International Travel Oversight Committee for university approval. Please note: The International Travel Oversight Committee recommends that students strongly consider the risks of their service trips and explore alternate travel options to locations not categorized as high-risk by the US Department of State or International SOS.
Our office is committed to supporting you through the petition process to help you develop a solid plan for your trip and then articulate it effectively in writing. You might also consider seeking assistance from the Writing Center. Petitions should be submitted via email to Dedric Carter, Vice Chancellor for Operations and Technology.
Providing Patient Care While Abroad
Premedical and medical students are strongly urged to review and adhere to guidelines defined by the Association of American Medical Colleges regarding patient care during clinical experiences abroad.