Medical Insurance Abroad

All Athena program participants receive supplemental international health insurance as part of their Athena program package.  

It is also important that students maintain any US-based health insurance they have in order to avoid any break in coverage or issues regarding pre-existing conditions.


The U.S. Department of State provides the following advice regarding prescriptions and medicine overseas:

“A traveler going abroad with a pre-existing medical problem should carry a letter from the attending physician, describing the medical condition and any prescription medications, including the generic names of prescribed drugs. Any medications being carried overseas should be left in their original containers and be clearly labeled. Travelers should check with the foreign embassy of the country they are visiting to make sure any required medications are not considered to be illegal narcotics.”

“If you have allergies, reactions to certain medications, foods, or insect bites, or other unique medical problems, consider wearing a “medical alert” bracelet. You may also wish to carry a letter from your physician explaining required treatment should you become ill.”

A listing of foreign embassies and consulates in the U.S. is available on the Department of State’s website.


Students are advised to consult their personal physicians and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) for advice on appropriate vaccines and necessary health care prior to departing for their study abroad program.

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