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  • Saturday, January 19, 2019

  • Insurance Lessens Burden During Study Abroad

    Filed Under: Health Insurance

Europe is the most popular destination for U.S. students participating in study abroad programs, and study abroad insurance will go a long way in making the experience satisfying. Traveling and living in Europe combines the best of two worlds—a first-world experience and awesome travel opportunities.

When shopping for study abroad insurance, remember that some European countries require that you have travel insurance, with certain minimum coverage. Remember that the Schengen visa (which is not required for U.S. citizens) allows you to travel within 25 countries in Europe. However, this excludes the United Kingdom.

Also remember to look for the following coverage in your study abroad coverage: emergency medical care, including, but not limited to ambulance charges, hospitalization, prescription drugs, and repatriation to home country, if medically necessary. You might also want to look for plans that cover baggage loss and trip interruption if your destination calls for it.

Purchasing insurance does not protect you from theft and illness in any way, and it is important to be careful when visiting a foreign country. Make sure to stay up-to-date with your vaccinations and remember to plan for these, as some shots need to be taken up to two weeks in advance of the proposed trip.
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