The health and safety of its students, faculty and staff are primary concerns at Wake Forest University. For this reason, all individuals traveling internationally on Wake Forest funds must submit a set of forms to the Center for Global Programs and Studies (GPS). This includes individuals traveling to international conferences, international research trips, international trips funded through grants, etc. All required forms must be submitted at least one month before individual travel begins. Wake Forest will not disburse funds for international travel until the required forms have been submitted.
WFU prohibits travel to countries where the U.S. Department of State has Travel Advisories of Level 3 (Reconsider Travel) and Level 4 (Do Not Travel) unless prior approval has been obtained from GPS. A current list of travel advisories is available at www.travel.state.gov. Faculty, staff and students may submit a request to travel to a country with a designated Level 3 (Reconsider Travel) or Level 4 (Do Not Travel), but should be aware that such requests require additional time for review and that approval of such requests is never automatic.
If you are a faculty or staff member and are leading a group of faculty or staff members abroad, please click here for more information.
If you are a spouse, partner, or child (or any other person accompanying a WFU faculty member, staff, or student), please click here for the required Assumption of Risk and Release agreement.
All students, faculty, and staff traveling internationally for Wake Forest University are required to have international insurance.
The mandatory international insurance available to Wake Forest students (required for students on Reynolda Campus, available to students on the Bowman Gray Campus) is provided by GeoBlue. Visit the GeoBlue Member Guide to view the policy. The policy will not cover expenses in the U.S.A. or your home country (for non-U.S. citizens). The GeoBlue Price Grid contains information about costs. Students participating in a WFU-administered undergraduate study abroad program will have the cost of GeoBlue included in their study abroad program fee. This requirement will be waived for WFU students participating in an Affiliate study abroad program that has insurance coverage equivalent to the GeoBlue policy.
Wake Forest faculty and staff may choose either GeoBlue or iNext. The former is more comprehensive while the latter is more supplemental. Neither policy will cover expenses in the U.S.A. or your home country (for non-U.S. citizens). You may compare the policies by reviewing the GeoBlue Member Guide and the iNext Basic Supplemental Plan. Applications for each policy can be accessed via the following links:
Dependents of faculty and staff who opt for the GeoBlue international health insurance should complete the GeoBlue Application Form for Dependents.
All faculty, staff, and students traveling abroad are required to receive a security briefing from the Center for Global Programs and Studies (GPS). For more information, contact GPS at 336.758.5938 or firstname.lastname@example.org (NOTE: Study abroad students will receive the security briefing at the mandatory pre-departure orientation.)