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Health and travel insurance

In order to comply with the University of Missouri Collected Rules and Regulations regarding health and safety standards for university-sponsored study abroad programs, the University of Missouri provides all participants in MU programs administered by the International Center with the the following insurance coverage:

Insurance enrollment

The International Center enrolls participants in center-administered programs in the GeoBlue and UnitedHealthcare Global insurance, and the cost of insurance coverage is billed directly to students' MU accounts.

MU faculty-led and divisional programs

Students participating in faculty-led programs administered by the International Center and participants in study abroad programs administered by other divisions will be enrolled in GeoBlue and UnitedHealthcare Global insurance by their program coordinators. The cost of insurance coverage is included in the program fee for faculty-led and divisional programs.

MU affiliated programs

Only some affiliated program providers have comprehensive health insurance coverage that fulfills the MU insurance requirements, as evaluated by the UM System Office of Risk Management. Students participating on programs that do meet the MU requirements are not required to enroll in GeoBlue insurance, but will be enrolled in the UnitedHealthcare Global insurance. Students participating on programs that do not meet the MU requirements will be enrolled by the International Center in both GeoBlue and UnitedHealthcare Global insurance policies. All insurance charges are billed directly to students' MU accounts.

Providers that offer sufficient insurance Providers that do not offer sufficient insurance
Alliance for Global Education CIMBA
Arcadia University DIS
CIEE University of Kansas
IFSA-Butler University of Tennessee-Knoxville
IES Abroad  
Missouri State University  
SAI Programs  
University of Wisconsin-Platteville  

Non-MU programs

The International Center cannot independently verify sickness and accident insurance coverage provided by non-MU programs, as these programs are neither sponsored by nor affiliated with the University of Missouri. Students participating in non-MU programs will be asked to verify their enrollment in a comprehensive health insurance policy that will provide them with comprehensive coverage while they are abroad. The coverage amounts for any international health insurance policy must meet or exceed the coverage provided by GeoBlue. Any student who has questions about the insurance coverage provided by a non-MU program should contact the program provider directly. Students who find that the insurance provided by their non-MU programs is not equivalent to the GeoBlue insurance should purchase coverage through GeoBlue.

The fee for GeoBlue and UnitedHealthcare Global is $34.60 per month. MU participants in non-MU programs can enroll online for both policies at GeoBlue (credit card only). Enter the access code CBK-2348 in the box on the left-hand side for the University of Missouri study abroad plan. Participants must enter the start and end dates for their study abroad program. Study abroad participants are required to maintain enrollment throughout the entire duration of the study abroad program. Note: If you do not have a credit card, come to the International Center (N52 Memorial Union) to obtain a hard copy of the enrollment form.

Comprehensive health insurance

In addition to providing comprehensive sickness and accident insurance, the GeoBlue policy provides emergency travel medical insurance, including coverage for medical evacuation and repatriation of remains, which generally is not provided by domestic insurance policies. GeoBlue also has identified a network of doctors worldwide who will provide treatment and file claims on your behalf without requiring payment at the time of treatment. Prior to departure for study abroad, GeoBlue assists students in establishing treatment for ongoing medical conditions while abroad (including doctor visits and continuing medications). For a brief summary of the features and benefits of this plan, please see the policy brochure.

After enrollment

After you have been enrolled in GeoBlue insurance and have received your medical insurance ID card from GeoBlue, you should go to the GeoBlue student website. Using the certificate number of the front of the card, sign in to the site to obtain comprehensive information relating to this plan, including a doctor locator, city health profiles and translations of medical terms and phrases. Your family can access this same information by logging in to the GeoBlue parent website. Your family will need your insurance ID card number or your email address to sign in.

Emergency evacuation insurance

The study abroad offices on all four UM campuses and the UM Office of Risk and Insurance Management have identified and partnered with UnitedHealthcare Global to enhance the insurance provided to study abroad participants. UnitedHealthcare Global is a leading provider of international travel assistance services, including 24-hour security-related assistance services for MU students traveling 100 miles or more away from home or outside their home country. The UnitedHealthcare Global coverage for study abroad students includes political evacuation services, security evacuation services, transportation after security or political evacuation, and real-time security intelligence.

Print your student UnitedHealthcare Global ID card, and always carry it with you when traveling.