As you plan your study abroad program, we want to remind you of the importance of having adequate medical coverage for your time abroad. Your health and safety are extremely important, therefore GVSU requires all students to have health insurance coverage for the duration of their study abroad program. We hope the following information proves to be useful in the planning process.
All GVSU study abroad students are required to show proof of sickness and injury health insurance that is valid in the host country for the duration of the study abroad program.
To show proof, you must provide the following
Complete the online Insurance Information Form available through your OASIS account.
Looking for an Insurance Provider?
The Padnos International Center does not endorse any specific insurance plan; however, we can suggest some insurance carriers that have comprehensive coverage.
1) It is strongly recommended that you have a thorough medical and dental examination prior to your departure for your study abroad program.
2) Keep in mind that all students have varying medical needs and that each program location will not provide the same health care services. We feel that you need to personally make an assessment of your needs while taking into consideration the location in which you will be studying, what care will be readily available, and any special medical needs you may have.
Note: You will be required to e-sign the Health Insurance Coverage form notifying us of your medical coverage, whether it is the GVSU student plan or a private carrier.
Please take time to review your current coverage and any supplemental plans available to you.
Questions to ask your insurance provider
3) We suggest that you make a list of insurance coverage you have, for example, the GVSU student plan or private carrier, the International Student I.D. card (ISIC), and any coverage that may be provided by your study abroad program.
ISIC provides basic travel insurance that fulfills GVSU's policy requirements. You can purchase the basic ISIC card for $28 through the Student Services building at the transaction windows on the Allendale campus or through the Devos Building C at the transaction windows on the Pew campus. The Premium and Explorer options are only available online. Please allow two business days for processing.
4) After reviewing your coverage, if you feel you do not have adequate protection, we can suggest a variety of supplemental plans specifically designed for international travel and study.