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Health Insurance at Home and Abroad

All students who study abroad on Vanderbilt-approved programs are automatically enrolled in the GeoBlue (formerly HTH Worldwide) health plan. This coverage is mandatory and cannot be waived, and the cost is included in the study abroad administrative fee. Some of Vanderbilt's partners, such as CIEE or IFSA-Butler, may provide additional insurance for the duration of their study abroad programs, and some institutions or countries may require that students independently purchase additional insurance. The Global Education Office further recommends that students also retain coverage under at least one domestic health care plan in addition to the international coverage for the same duration. This will insure that students are covered should they need to return home for care.


We recommend that all students get standard check-up exams prior to studying abroad. This includes physicals, dental and vision check ups. Be sure to schedule these appointments well ahead of your departure in case there is a need for follow-up (such as a cavity that needs to be filled).


Vanderbilt Student Health Center
Call to schedule a 30-minute appointment at least four weeks before your departure date.

Vanderbilt Travel Health Clinic
(615) 936-1174

Medications and health

  • Bring enough medication with you for the entire semester (medications cannot be sent through the mail)
  • Check whether or not they are controlled substances in your study abroad country
  • Bring all prescription medicines along with your original prescriptions
  • Long term health care needs such as physical therapy or counseling can often be met overseas with planning. Please notify our office your study abroad provider with questions.
  • Consider getting a physical or check up before you go – the Vanderbilt Travel Health Clinic is a great resource