Insurance was something I didn’t even think out. But ESSCA required the we had health insurance for the duration of our stay.
I went to my medical insurance office to become aware of my benefits, which is little to none when you’re overseas. I purchased the GeoBlue Travel Medical & International Health Insurance. It was the Voyager Choice (Single Trip) Plan for around $60 USD.
My Global Exchange coordinator highly recommended getting the International Student Identification Card. This not only serves as an ID but can get you discounts at list of places. It was $20, they mail you a physical card but you have access to a digital version on an app. I also added the basic travel insurance for an additional $5.
Before getting the ISIC card, I booked my flight and added the Deluxe International Trip Protection II from Allianz Global Assistance via Delta. This was around $140 USD.
The Gilman Scholarship provides all their recipients with International SOS.
Luckily, I didn’t have to use any of these, but if I did I would have been well covered.