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Note: OIP medical insurance partner HTH Worldwide has been renamed GeoBlue.

Boston College partners with GeoBlue to provide health and emergency services to Boston College students while traveling and living outside the United States.

Coverage details

Please note that GeoBlue 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.

How to Access GeoBlue

OIP will enroll you in the GeoBlue plan by your program's start date. Students participating in external programs with a waiver (see below) will not be enrolled in GeoBlue. Enrolled students will receive an email message from GeoBlue that includes a certificate number and details on completing the online registration process. After you receive that message, you need to register online at The GeoBlue website will give you access to a list of medical care providers and facilities abroad that work directly with GeoBlue. In case of illness, you need to call GeoBlue at either +1-800-257-4823 or collect at +1-610-254-8771 to make an appointment with a provider.  In case of an emergency, you should go directly to the nearest physician or hospital without delay and then contact GeoBlue.


The Boston College GeoBlue policy is in effect for all students studying abroad on BC semester and summer programs, as well as on most approved external programs. Please note that only students attending external programs who have their own GeoBlue policy comparable to BC will be able to waive the BC coverage. These programs are currently eligible for a waiver: Arcadia, Kent State in Geneva, and Sarah Lawrence College: British American Drama Academy. Check with your advisor for details.

Extended Coverage

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 GeoBlue coverage through BC. You have the option of extending your coverage with GeoBlue by making a credit card payment online.