International Benefits

Benefits for Faculty and Staff at International Locations

Faculty and staff serving in foreign locations can learn more about their benefits by viewing the 2017 International Benefits Guide  

School of Foreign Service in Qatar

Georgetown University is pleased to offer its employees at the Georgetown University in Qatar a comprehensive benefits package. 

Benefits At-a-Glance (2017)

Staff Retirement Plans:

Defined Contribution Retirement Plan

Voluntary Retirement Plan

Georgetown University Retirement Plan B (GURP B)

Faculty & AAP Retirement Plans:

 Georgetown University Defined Contribution Retirement Plan

 Voluntary Retirement Plan

Medical & Prescription Drug Coverage

Georgetown University provides you with international medical and prescription coverage while you are employed through the GU-Q campus in Doha. Coverage is provided by Cigna Global Health Benefits. GU-Q faculty and staff experience greater ease of processing claims and increased access to hospitals and clinics in the region through CIGNALinks...Middle East.  For more information on what's covered and how to access care, click on the links below:

The Qatar Foundation covers the full monthly premium cost of Medical and Prescription Drug coverage. No employee premium contribution is required.


CIGNA Claim Form
CIGNA EFT Enrollment Form
Request for Continuation of Coverage for Handicapped Child 

Submitting a Claim for Reimbursement

You are encouraged to submit any claims for reimbursement through the CignaEnvoy website. This is the most secure method. You may also download a claim form (above) and submit through fax or mail.


 Dental Coverage

Georgetown University provides you access to dental coverage through Cigna Global Health Benefits while you are employed through the GU-Q campus in Doha. Employee pre-tax premium contributions are required. Dental coverage can only be changed during open enrollment, or as a result of a qualifying family status change.

Cigna Dental network discounts are available for our members in the U.S. with Cigna Dental coverage.  For more information, click here.

Rates for 2016



You Pay



Employee Only




Employee + Spouse/LDA




 Employee + Child/ren









Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA)

FSAs allow employees to set aside money (pre-tax) to pay for eligible health care and dependent care expenses.   You must enroll, or re-enroll, in FSAs each year. The enrollment period coincides with Open Enrollment typically held mid-October through mid-November.

FSAs for Georgetown University faculty and staff are administered by ConnectYourCare.  For more information on FSAs, click here.


 International Employee Assistance Program (IEAP)

Georgetown University has contracted with Cignal Global Health Benefits and Work Place Options to provides GU-Q faculty and staff with access to services designed to assist  with a variety of professional and personal concerns. No employee premium contributions are required and you need not be covred by the medical plan to access assistance.

This program provides:
• Telephonic counseling (unlimited)
• Five face-to-face visits with professional counselor
• Additional work/life support benefits, as needed

You may contact Work Place Options for information and/or 24/7 telephonic counseling services by calling:

+44-2089-876550 (Reverse charges accepted)
1-800-870-5068 (When calling from U.S.)

You may also access this benefit through or reach out to

Salary Continuance

Salary continuance begins after an eligible employee is unable to work due to illness or injury. The Plan pays 100% of monthly earnings.  Staff and AAPs must satisfy a 15-day waiting period before becoming eligible to receive benefits.  Benefits continue until:

– You are no longer disabled;
– You reach the “recovery limit” for your type of disability; or
– You reach the Maximum Allowable benefit period of 90 days.

No employee contributions are required for this benefit.


Long Term Disability Insurance

Cigna long term disability insurance provides income protection if you are disabled due to injury or sickness. Employees pay the full cost of this coverage on an after-tax basis.

Plan Feature

Plan Pays

Monthly Benefit

60% of base monthly salary, up to $15,000

Elimination Period

90 days

Mental Illness Limit

24 months

Maternity Benefit

Full coverage

Pre-existing Exclusion


Any condition diagnosed or treated in the 12 months prior to your effective date will not be covered unless you have been without treatment for six consecutive months after that date.  In this case, the remainder of the pre-existing condition period, defined as 24 months, will be waived.

How Your LTD Cost is Calculated

Employees pay the full cost of this coverage on an after-tax basis.  Your cost is equal to $0.69 per $100 of covered monthly salary.  The example below assumes an annual salary of $55,000 or monthly salary of $4,583.33.

A.      Covered Monthly  Salary



B.      Per $100 of Covered Monthly Salary

 Line A divided by 100 =


C.      Premium Rate



D.     Your Monthly Cost

Line B x
Line C =



Cigna Global Health Benefits LTD Claim Form


 Basic Life and AD&D Insurance 

Life insurance can provide security for your beneficiaries in the event of your death or terminal illness.  Enrollment for Basic Life and AD&D is automatic. No employee contributions are required for this benefit.

Basic Life Insurance coverage is equal to a benefit of $20,000 through MetLife Insurance Company.

Basic AD&D Insurance coverage also provides a $20,000 benefit.  This benefit is payable in the event of death or significant loss due to an accident.  Examples of significant loss include loss of sight and dismemberment. 


Additional Life Insurance Options

You may elect or increase your supplemental life, voluntary AD&D and dependent life coverage during Open Enrollment through Georgetown Management System (GMS).  Your elections will take effect the following January. 

Supplemental Life

MetLife is the life insurance carrier for Georgetown University. Life and accident insurance can provide financial security for your beneficiaries in the event of your terminal illness or death. The Supplemental Life Insurance Plan is a voluntary, employee-paid group term life insurance plan in which you can choose to participate to supplement your Georgetown-provided life insurance. Enhanced features offered by MetLife include free will preparation service. 

Voluntary AD&D

Georgetown University provides a Basic Accidental Death & Dismemberment (AD&D) benefit of $20,000 for eligible faculty and staff. You may choose to purchase additional AD&D coverage for yourself and your family through MetLife. Voluntary AD&D pays benefits in the event of death due to accident, but also pays in the event of a covered disabling injury. The proceeds from the AD&D coverage can help replace lost income and lessen the impact of costs associated with serious injuries, including medical bills, physical therapy, psychological counseling, safety upgrades to a home or car, and more. 

Dependent Life

MetLife is the life insurance carrier for Georgetown University. Life and accidental death and dismemberment insurance can provide financial security for your beneficiaries in the event of your terminal illness or death. The Dependent Life Insurance Plan is a voluntary, employee-paid group term life insurance plan in which you can elect coverage for your eligible dependents.  


Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)

Georgetown University offers tuition benefits to employees and their children through the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP).  Please click here to learn more.