Please note, each student is responsible for having international coverage for health insurance for participation on the IFP. Travel property insurance is not required, but it is highly recommended.
International Travel Health Insurance
For New School students, the New School’s health insurance (United Healthcare) covers international travel to all 2020 IFP sites with the exception of Cuba. Individuals participating in the Cuba IFP will have to make the necessary health insurance accommodations with their FCC.
For those not under the New School health insurance, please check with your provider about international coverage. Many health insurance plans only cover you in the event of an emergency. The New School recommends that students whose personal health plans provide inadequate coverage while studying abroad strongly consider purchasing a travel insurance plan to ensure they are more adequately covered in the event of an accident or sickness related event while studying abroad.
Please see the Study Abroad office’s document on purchasing International Health Insurance for more details.
Personal property insurance plans often cover items such as laptops, cell phones, and clothing and even provide protection against identity theft and ATM robberies. For IFP participants looking to secure travel property insurance, we encourage you to do your own research to determine which insurance package best suits your needs.
Students should first check with their own insurance companies, and/or their parents’ insurance plans to find out if personal property insurance is offered through their current insurers. Often homeowners or renters insurance companies offer personal property protection policies that can be added to an existing policy. Also note, some of the travel insurance companies listed below also include travel health insurance in their packages.
Additionally, a few companies offer specially discounted rates for students. For a broad overview, it’s worth a look at InsureMyTrip.com, a “travel insurance aggregation site” that offers a side-by-side comparison of some—but not all—plans.