Health and Safety

Living and studying in another country and culture presents special challenges. The Office of Global Education is committed to providing students with the tools and information necessary to have a safe and enriching study abroad experience. Two examples of this commitment are OGE's partnership with International SOS and the U.S. State Department's STEP program.

International SOS and Travel Registration

International SOS provides emergency medical, natural disaster, and political evacuation and repatriation services. ISOS is also a resource for country-specific travel information, security and medical risk assessments, visa requirements, vaccination requirements, and medical referrals.

Georgetown students, faculty, and staff traveling abroad for university purposes are required to register with the International SOS Personal Travel Locator prior to departure.

Smart Traveler Enrollment Program

All Georgetown students, faculty, and staff who are U.S. citizens should enroll in the U.S. State Department Smart Traveler Enrollment Program. STEP registration allows the State Department to better assist U.S. citizens in the event of an emergency. Non-U.S. citizens should contact their home country government to inquire about available registration and support.

Health Insurance

All students on a GU-approved overseas studies program are automatically enrolled in the GU Education Abroad Health Insurance Plan (view plan description). This comprehensive coverage provides exceptional benefits at a reasonable rate. These benefits are available twenty-four hours a day and include travel assistance support services and coverage for medical evacuation. The policy has up to $500,000 of coverage with no deductible.

Insurance cards and a copy of the current policy are distributed at site-specific orientations. It is essential for students to read the information as well as the description of coverage and the procedures required to use it overseas. By learning more about this insurance coverage prior to travel, students will be better prepared to get routine or emergency medical care abroad. To view and print a claim form or to see the instructions for submitting a claim, please visit

On-Site Medical Facilities and Support

Alanya has several major hospitals where medical care meets a Western standard. We have long-standing relationships with English-speaking doctors and dentists in town who can be called upon should the need arise. We also have a long-standing relationship with a private hospital, Can Hastanesi which offers state-of-the-art care and services for foreign patients. Istanbul has major American and German private hospitals (including a new, state-of-the-art branch of Johns Hopkins) that offer both walk-in service and specialized care.

The McGhee Center employs a full-time staff including an Administrative Director who is on call 24 hours a day in cases of an emergency.  The Administrative Director and Georgetown OGE staff are in regular contact to discuss program and student issues, and also monitor the political situation in Turkey and around the world on a daily basis.  Additionally, the McGhee Center staff maintains relationships with local authorities and the U.S. Embassy in Ankara.