In keeping with best practices in the field of international education, Education Abroad and Penn State Student Health Insurance have collaborated to provide a comprehensive student health insurance plan that will provide consistent health insurance coverage and emergency assistance for Penn State students studying or traveling abroad. The insurance plan is underwritten by HTH Worldwide and must be processed for all international excursions for all students, regardless of duration or other insurance coverage.
With this coverage, students will have access to reliable global medical and assistance services when they are overseas, which will minimize the risk of problems while traveling. This plan has been tailored specifically to the needs of students participating in Penn State education abroad programs (semester, short-term or internships).
Medical coverage for this plan is described briefly below:
HTH Global Health and Safety Services: Well Prepared, personal web pages, physician appointment scheduling in 185 countries, and assistance in sourcing prescription drugs. The HTH International Provider Community brings together nearly 4,000 carefully selected physicians, dentists and other health providers in 185 countries outside the U.S. All contracted providers speak English, as well as other languages. The HTH Provider Community also includes hospitals and other healthcare facilities. Access to profiles of the International Provider Community is available for students online and via handheld devices. Students can search the Provider Community for physicians in their destination, find appropriate local clinics and hospitals, review detailed profiles of physicians and medical facilities, schedule appointments, and store this information in their personal Well Prepared profile.
Who to Contact with Questions
Short Term Education Abroad Group Trips
- Non-Embedded Group Trips - Judy Bechman in Student Health Insurance at 814.865.7467 or uhs-insurance AT psu.edu
- Embedded Group Trips (trips taken as a part of a course) - Connie Bauer in Education Abroad at 814.863.3667 or csbATpsu.edu
International Individual Program Enrollment
Students participating in an individual international internship program or faculty/staff who are traveling on a University sanctioned work trip through Penn State University can enroll directly with HTH Worldwide.
Community Members and Dependents
Enrollment options for community members and dependents (non-students) traveling with Penn State-sponsored programs abroad.