Global Education - Travel and Health Insurance

Global Education - Travel and Health Insurance


All BU students who study abroad must acquire international health insurance

  • Coverage for a whole semester can be as low as between $200 and $240, depending on the length of the semester. For a short-term trip insurance is only around $15 per week.
  • Students must make certain to obtain international health insurance. Regular health insurance policies do not extend to other countries in most cases.
  • In some countries, such as Germany, France and Spain, health insurance must be purchased in the host country. Other countries, such as Denmark and the United Kingdom, will accept international health insurance purchased in the USA. It is always strongly advised to consult with the BU Office of Global Education or the international office of the host university before departure.
  • All students who study abroad on BU programs are required to purchase the International Student ID card (ISIC). The ISIC covers emergency evacuation and repatriation of remains, which most international health insurance policies do not cover. The ISIC costs $25 and can be purchased on line. Details are included in the BU application.

  • Other supplemental travel insurance may be desirable depending on the destinations and circumstances. Some situations are excluded in many health plans, such as loss arising from participation in any professional sport, contest or competition.