All University of Michigan students traveling abroad for educational reasons must be covered by GeoBlue health insurance. This insurance provides outstanding coverage for a wide range of conditions and events. Unless your department specifically indicates they are paying for your insurance, UM students must enroll and pay for the coverage themselves.
The insurance costs only $1.19 per day plus an additional one time $5 enrollment fee.
NOTE: All students, including GSIs, GSRAs, etc., must purchase this insurance. Regardless of employment status, graduate students are not covered under the University's faculty/staff insurance.
From the flu to a broken arm to an emergency evacuation, GeoBlue insurance will cover the costs or reimburse students' medical bills from their time abroad.
However, students should note that dental is NOT covered.
For the full terms of coverage of the University of Michigan’s GeoBlue Insurance plan, download the Schedule of Benefits.
Students should have coverage for the full length of their time abroad on University-Related Travel. If you plan to be abroad before or after your program/conference/etc., it is highly recommended to purchase additional coverage at the same cost of $1.19/day.
For detailed instructions on enrolling in a GeoBlue plan with the University of Michigan, check out our Enrollment Instructions.
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Students may need to purchase health coverage that is required by the host country or program provider. A student’s program supplement will provide this information. This may be included in the program costs, or students may be instructed to purchase this on their own. This does not replace the GeoBlue insurance required by UM. Rather, students will have to purchase both policies.
While the GeoBlue insurance plan will provide some continued coverage when students return home following a condition or injury abroad, this coverage is extremely limited and therefore students should maintain whatever current health insurance coverage they have in the US. If students need to seek continued treatment for an illness or injury that occurred while abroad, their US insurance plan will be needed.