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risk management

Boston College is enrolled with HTH Worldwide Insurance Services, a health and emergency services provider. The accident and health insurance blanket policy provides worldwide medical coverage for registered Boston College students/ faculty/ staff while traveling and living outside the United States.

Once you and/or your group has decided to go abroad for a Service or Immersion Trip or are studying abroad, you must register with HTH Worldwide Services through the Office of Risk Management if your trip is not arranged through OIP, Campus Ministry or the Volunteer and Service Learning Center to ensure you have medical coverage when traveling abroad.  For more specifics, please contact Jane Hall at 617.552.2040 or jane.hall@bc.edu.

Once you have signed up, you need to register online at hthstudents.com. The website will then give you access to a large number of medical care providers and facilities abroad that directly work with HTH. With this service and coverage plan, there is no need for a separate claim to your health insurance company in the United States. You simply need to show your HTH membership card and all billing will be done directly between the provider and HTH.  In case of an emergency, you should go to the nearest physician or hospital without delay and then contact HTH Worldwide at either 1 800 257 4823 or collect at + 1 610 254 8771.

This policy is in effect for both BC and approved external programs. Please note that HTH does not replace required medical insurance within the United States. Rather, it will provide you with medical services and assistance overseas. General policy exclusions apply. Program coverage dates vary by program.

Students traveling abroad before the start of their program, or those who wish to remain abroad after the program ends are not eligible for extended HTH coverage. In those cases, we advise students to enroll into a travel product for the remainder of their stay to ensure proper coverage.

GENERAL INFORMATION

Boston College Office of International Programs has a very informative website with regard to Student Health and Disability Information for Study Abroad.  To access that information sheet, please click here. Please be sure to review it carefully prior to your departure.

For general information on document requirements and visa application procedures, please visit the U.S. Bureau of Consular Affairs.

Special provisions may apply to international students and/or non-U.S. citizens going abroad. Please check with the respective Consulate General of Embassy of the country where your passport is issued.

SECURITY UPDATES

Further, to stay informed students and parents should regularly monitor State Department travel advisories and consular information sheets.  In addition to State Department warnings, students may also obtain information from respective U.S. Embassy/Consulates abroad.