Office of Global Affairs

UW Student Abroad Insurance

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The University of Washington requires students engaged in educational activities abroad – including study, research, internships or community engagement – to purchase UW Student Abroad Insurance. If you are a current UW student, you are required to purchase coverage UW Student Abroad Insurance.


The UW Student Abroad Insurance plan provides comprehensive medical coverage abroad; medical, security and natural disaster evacuation services; and travel assistance services. The plan is tailored to the needs of UW students abroad. Its broad coverage and reasonable price makes it the best choice for most students. You are advised to maintain your U.S. health insurance while you are abroad.


  • Low premium, calculated by days of coverage ($2.00 per day)
  • Major medical insurance benefits while overseas
  • Evacuation services for medical emergencies plus repatriation benefits anywhere in the world
  • Natural and political disaster evacuation coverage
  • 24/7 travel assistance and support
  • Enroll and pay online

Plan coverage

The UW Student Abroad Insurance Plan covers:

  • Treatment outside the United States for injuries or illnesses that occur abroad.

The UW Student Abroad Insurance Plan does not cover:

  • Medication for pre-existing conditions. Please plan to bring enough medication with you for your entire time abroad.
  • Medical treatment for pre-existing conditions
  • Loss arising from participation in professional sports, scuba diving, hang gliding, parachuting, or bungee jumping. If you plan to engage in these activities abroad, please contact your UW Study Abroad adviser.
  • Elective medical care to include dental care, routine physical examinations, and routine eye exams.

Important notes

  • You cannot pay for this insurance plan through MyUW. The premium cannot be charged to your UW student account, and it will not be automatically paid by financial aid.
  • If you would like to complete a revision request so that the cost of insurance can be reflected in your financial aid package, contact UW Study Abroad.
  • Students enrolled through UW Study Abroad enter their insurance policy information into their online study abroad account.
  • The UW Student Abroad Insurance plan is distinct from the UW International Student Health Insurance Plan (ISHIP). Enrolling in the UW Seattle, Bothell or Tacoma international student insurance plan for the same time period will not automatically enroll you in the UW Student Abroad Insurance plan.
  • All students (including international students) should list a U.S. address as their address of record on the application.

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Alternative options

UW International Student Health Insurance Plan (ISHIP)

  • For students on F-1 and J-1 visas, this plan provides limited coverage for care worldwide and limited medical evacuation services.
  • ISHIP is more expensive than the UW Student Abroad Insurance plan and provides coverage outside the US on a reimbursement basis only. With ISHIP, you must pay up-front for care, then file a claim with the insurer when you return to the U.S.
    If you will be returning to the U.S. in the middle of the quarter or have dependents staying in the U.S. while you are studying abroad, consider purchasing both plans to prevent gaps in coverage.
  • If you have other special considerations and need to discuss coverage coordination, please email the International Health Insurance Counselor to discuss your options.

Requesting a waiver 

  • If you have personal insurance that provides at least the same type and level of coverage as the UW Student Abroad Insurance plan (i.e. emergency evacuation, repatriation of remains, injury, illness or death) while participating in study or research abroad, you can petition for a Travel Insurance Waiver.
  • If the petition is granted, you will be exempt from the requirement to purchase the UW Student Abroad Insurance Plan. Your personal insurance must remain unchanged and in effect for the duration of your educational activities abroad.
  • The following programs are not eligible for a UW Student Abroad Insurance Waiver: CIEE, SIT and any exchange program to Australia. Participants in these programs must purchase the UW Student Abroad Insurance plan to meet the UW Study Abroad insurance requirements.
  • If you are participating in an IES program, you must provide IES with the UW Student Abroad Insurance Plan policy details.
  • Students not enrolled through UW Study Abroad must submit waiver petitions at least three weeks before scheduled travel abroad.  
  • Students traveling through UW Study Abroad (Seattle, Tacoma or Bothell), must submit insurance waivers by dates below. No late waiver petitions will be accepted from students traveling through UW Study Abroad.

Departure quarter

Due date

Early Fall

May 1

Autumn Quarter

July 1

Winter Quarter

October 15

Spring Quarter

January 15

Summer Quarter

April 1

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