International Health Insurance

Photo taken in Japan by Jinling Li.

All students and faculty or staff traveling abroad for University purposes or on University business are required to carry University-approved international health insurance.

GeoBlue International Health Insurance

One requirement for all students going abroad is that the student must have comprehensive health (emergency and non-emergency coverage, for medical and mental health) insurance that will directly pay international providers, as well as medical evacuation and repatriation coverage.  As a result of this requirement, students will be enrolled into and billed for the health insurance that is offered through SUNY called GeoBlue. Students will be enrolled for the duration of their program abroad and once enrolled, will receive an email from GeoBlue.

The email you receive from GeoBlue will have your login instructions to your online account, where you access your insurance ID card.  You will want to create the account and print out a few copies of your ID card.  It is also HIGHLY recommended that you peruse the website and enter your travel information into the ‘Destination Dashboard.’  This will allow you to see who the in-network doctors are in the location you will be travelling to.  You can also use the website to get a guarantee of payment for covered visits prior to being seen by the doctor/provider overseas.

One important thing to remember is that pre-existing conditions are covered by the GeoBlue study abroad plan.  If you currently have a chronic condition that may require medical attention abroad, you will want to contact GeoBlue to assist with pre-departure planning.  GeoBlue can assist with helping you find doctors and provide some insight into how healthcare works in the respective area(s) you will be travelling to.

If you are an international student already covered by the GeoBlue insurance plan, then you will have no additional requirements for your study abroad trip.

For More Information

Visit the Student Medical Insurance office in 315 Student Union or contact the office at asksmi@buffalo.edu with questions.