All students are required to have insurance that covers accidents and sickness, medical evacuation, repatriation of remains, and emergency assistance during their education abroad program.
Coverage on UNL-Administered Programs
You are required to have health insurance while studying abroad on a University of Nebraska-Lincoln program. UNL offers accident and sickness insurance to students/participants through GeoBlue Student. The insurance policy cost of $12.75 per week (effective April 1, 2017) is automatically included in the budget sheet of most UNL programs. Please read the coverage details carefully.
If your program automatically includes insurance, you will be covered for the number of weeks captured in your official program dates. The Education Abroad Office will enroll you in the plan. You will then receive an email from GeoBlue Student instructing you to log in to their website to access your ID card and other useful information including a directory of hospitals and doctors, translations of medical vocabulary, and city safety guides. All expenses for doctors, hospitalization, medication, and so on, will likely be paid out-of-pocket. You will be reimbursed after you submit your claim information to GeoBlue online or via mail, along with all receipts for the costs that you incurred. GeoBlue Student's insurance programs has an emergency assistance benefit built in.
Coverage on Non-UNL Programs
If you are participating in a non-UNL program (primarily administered by an institution or organization other than UNL), please ask your program provider about insurance coverage. If coverage is not as inclusive as UNL's GeoBlue Student coverage (for example, if it does not include medical evacuation and/or repatriation of remains), you will be required to enroll in UNL's GeoBlue Student policy for the duration of the program.
If your program does not require you to enroll in any particular insurance plan, you will be required to enroll in UNL's GeoBlue Student policy for the duration of the program.
Coverage during Independent Travel
If you plan to travel independently outside of the official program dates, you will have the option to extend your GeoBlue Student coverage at an additional cost of $12.75 per week (effective April 1, 2016.) You are strongly encouraged to extend your coverage to include the entire duration of your international trip, from the day you depart the U.S. to the day you return to the U.S.
Continuous Insurance Coverage in the U.S.
Do not let your regular U.S. insurance coverage lapse while you are out of the country. This is important for a variety of reasons, including the fact that your GeoBlue Student coverage ends the day you return to the U.S. Even if you became ill while abroad, any follow-up treatments in the U.S. will not be covered by the GeoBlue Student policy.