Health & Safety Abroad 

Health Insurance Abroad

Students participating in any of our education abroad programs are automatically enrolled in a comprehensive health insurance policy through GeoBlue (formerly known as HTH Worldwide). This insurance is mandatory. GeoBlue covers a wide range of conditions and events and specializes in providing health insurance to both international students studying in the United States and U.S. students studying abroad. GeoBlue's website, GeoBlue students, provides extensive information about the insurance program and its benefits. GeoBlue also has a website specifically designed for parents available here

The current cost for UNCW students is about $1.42 per day for the duration of the program. Students may elect to extend coverage or enroll for additional days beyond the length of their program. Students may also continue to carry their own health insurance policy. Additionally, some host countries (e.g. Australia, Germany) or universities require visiting students to obtain additional medical insurance through them. In such cases, students will not be exempt from the North Carolina study abroad medical insurance, but will simply carry additional coverage.

Additional resources:

Other Useful Resoruces:

Emergency Contact Information 

Police, medical, embassy and consulate contact information organized by country. 

Student Health Center

UNCW students can go to the Student Health Center for wellness examinations, T.B. testing, immunizations, and prescriptions needed during travel. 

Study Abroad Student Handbook 

Student Travel Abroad Website (sponsored by the U.S. Department of State) 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 

Safety Abroad First Education Travel Information (SAFETI) 

World Health Organization: International Travel and Health 

New Hanover Health Department

For medical advisement on which immunizations or vaccinations needed during travel, as well as a full-range of vaccinations. 

Disability Notification Card for Air Travel

A notification template for organizations and their constituents to use to discreetly provide information about their medical condition or disability to Transport Security Officers at airports. 

The Spire Project - Country Profiles 

Provides links to safety, health, economic, and general information for countries around the world. 

United States Department of State

  • Government site helping you with important documents, embassies, emergency guidelines, travel insurance and other great tips. 
  • iPhone App Smart Traveler: a tool designed to provide easy access to frequently updated official country information, travel alerts, travel warnings, maps, and U.S. embassy locations.