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Health Insurance

You must not study abroad without Health Insurance. You are eligible to use your Columbia Insurance while abroad, or you may waive out of Columbia insurance if your family plan meets the criteria set by Health Services. 

Please remember:

  • Verify that your health insurance will cover you throughout the duration of your stay, and how coverage will work abroad.
  • Inform yourself of health and safety issues in the country abroad and discuss them with your family.
  • If you regularly take medication, find out if you can bring an entire semester or year of the prescription with you or if it is readily available in country. Make sure to know the generic name for the drug. Many countries have restrictions on how much of a particular drug can be brought into the country at a time.
  • Consider purchasing additional insurance for personal liability, property loss, trip cancellation, etc.
  • If you are a Columbia student who waived out of the student health insurance plan in the fall but you would like to enroll in the plan because you are studying abroad in the spring, please contact Columbia Health Insurance Office at  or by phone at 212 854-3286 before you leave campus. You will need to complete a petition that has to be completed in person at the Columbia Health Insurance Office. You will need to bring proof that you plan to study abroad—ask your OGP advisor for a letter.
For questions about Columbia Health Insurance please click here.

In additional, all students will be covered by International SOS Insurance for emergency services. Please click here to learn more about ISOS.
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