Health Insurance and Evacuation Coverage

It is very important that all students participating in a BU Study Abroad program have comprehensive health insurance coverage, as well as emergency travel assistance to cover medical and security evacuation.

Such coverage is provided automatically for students participating in most programs. For coverage details, please click one of the following dropdowns:

Students Participating in a Summer 2015 Program

1. Domestic Programs

Students participating in the Los Angeles and Washington, DC programs are covered by their personal health insurance plan, as in Boston or the student’s home university. Students are provided through Boston University with an emergency travel assistance program provided by CISI that takes effect whenever they are 100 miles or more from their permanent residence.

Please download an overview of the coverage and procedures to contact CISI for emergency travel assistance.

2. New Zealand and Switzerland

Students participating in programs in Auckland, New Zealand and Geneva, Switzerland are covered by host country insurance plans in those two countries, as required by national law. These plans are included in the program fee and have been determined to provide coverage comparable to plans sponsored by BU Study Abroad. Students are also provided with an emergency travel assistance program provided by CISI that takes effect whenever they are 100 miles or more from their permanent residence.

Please download an overview of the coverage and procedures to contact CISI for emergency travel assistance and click on the following links for details on in-country coverage.

3. All Other Countries

Comprehensive health and emergency travel assistance coverage is provided through Cultural Insurance Services International. The policy provides primary coverage to a limit of $250,000 for most medical costs, with no deductible. Coverage normally begins one day before the program’s official start date and ends one day after the program’s end date. Students may also purchase a 30-day extension of the coverage.

Please pay particular attention to clauses relating to pre-existing conditions to determine whether this coverage meets your needs.

If you require assistance, your ID number is your CISI policy number: GLM N0498321A. You will need to reference that policy number, along with the name of the group (Boston University), your name, and birth date when contacting them.

Team Assist Contact:

(312) 935-1703 (calling from outside of the U.S.; collect calls accepted)

(855) 327-1411 (calling toll-free from within the U.S.; NOTE – This number can’t be dialed from outside the U.S.)

medassist-usa@axa-assistance.us

Students Participating in a Fall 2015 Program and Beyond

1. Domestic Programs

Students participating in the Los Angeles and Washington, DC programs are covered by their personal health insurance plan, as in Boston, or at the students’ home universities.

2. New Zealand and Switzerland

Students participating in programs in Auckland, New Zealand and Geneva, Switzerland have host country insurance plans, as required by law in these two countries. The plans are included in the program fee and have been determined to provide coverage comparable to plans sponsored by BU Study Abroad. Students in Auckland and Geneva are also provided with an additional plan through HTH Worldwide which provides medical and security evacuation coverage, as well as limited medical coverage when they are traveling outside of their host country.

Click on the following links for details on in-country coverage.

New Zealand StudentSafe

Geneva Plan

3. All Other Countries

Comprehensive health and evacuation coverage is provided through HTH Worldwide. The policy provides primary coverage to a limit of $100,000 for most medical costs, with no deductibles or copayments. Coverage normally begins one day before the program’s official start date and ends one day after the program’s end date. Students may also purchase an extension of the coverage prior to or at the end of their trip.

The coverage for students in Australia provides a medical coverage limit of $1,000,000, in accordance with Australian law.

HTH Worldwide

Call collect worldwide:  +1-610-254-8769

Toll free from U.S.: 1-888-243-2358

customerservice@hthworldwide.com

Important: Students Must Retain their Existing Health Insurance

Students may not use study abroad insurance to replace comprehensive, U.S.-based health insurance as required by Massachusetts and U.S. law.

Students may not participate in BU Study Abroad programs without certifying that they have U.S.-based coverage, or are purchasing the BU Student Health Plan

Register with the U.S. State Department

We strongly recommend all students register in the U.S. State Department’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) . When registered, students will automatically receive information and updates from the State Department. In addition, enrollment will make it easier for U.S. officials to contact students or their families in the event of an emergency.

STEP App

An app for the STEP program, which provides immediate access to your STEP account and itineraries, as well as State Department country information and travel alerts.

Download for iOS

Download for Android