Student travel insurance

If you’re heading overseas to study or for a work placement, it’s important to get student travel insurance for peace of mind and financial security.

Patrick Ikhena From the Travel team
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What type of cover do I need?

When deciding on a student travel insurance policy, you’ll need to consider the specifics of your itinerary, as well as your study or work placement requirements, to ensure you’re opting for a policy that meets your needs.

If you’re going to work abroad then you’ll need to disclose this when getting a quote, as it will affect your policy.

  • Single trip  covers you for one trip (for one or multiple destinations). Cover starts when you leave your home in the UK and ends when you return home. There’s a maximum amount of time that you can be away on one trip for – this is typically 31 days
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  • Annual cover  can also be known as a multi-trip policy. It’s normally purchased on an annual basis and will commence from your selected start date. During your multi-trip policy, you’re able to travel multiple times to your selected destination(s) over the course of a year, with the cover starting and finishing in the UK
  • Backpacker trip  offers cover for a single trip, usually spreading across many months to the destination(s) selected
  • Sports travel insurance  can cover more extreme or adventurous sports, such as horse-riding and scuba diving
  • Extreme sports travel insurance is perfect for adrenaline junkies who love to take part in high action sporting activities. Each insurance provider has their own terms and will have different classifications for which sports are classed as extreme. 

What does student travel insurance cover?

Travel insurance policies vary from provider to provider, but can cover a variety of circumstances, including:

  • emergency medical treatment costs  – policies usually cover the cost of getting you home after medical treatment abroad too (if you can’t use your original ticket). Plus, some policies cover the cost of a friend or relative flying out from home to support you and staying with you while you’re receiving treatment. A European Health Insurance Card (EHIC)** entitles you get medical treatment on the same basis (maybe free or at a low cost) as local people in countries within the EU
baggage cover
  • Lost, stolen or damaged baggage or other possessions - baggage cover covers you if your bag gets lost, stolen, or damaged. It’s usually included with standard travel insurance, but it’s always a good idea to check your policy
  • Delayed or cancelled flights - if you experience travel delays that cause you to miss something important on your itinerary that you have paid for in advance, your policy may cover the cost. 
  • Holiday cancellation - this will cover the cost of your holiday, should you need to cut your trip short or abandon it altogether due to an emergency or event such as bereavement.

**UK residents can use an EHIC card during the Brexit negotiations and until the UK leaves the EU. The UK Government has proposed a similar scheme to the EHIC in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal. However, this is subject to EU countries agreeing to that proposal. 

Where can I compare student travel insurance?

If you’re thinking about a student policy, it’s worth using our travel insurance comparison service to compare multiple student travel insurance policies all in one place. You can compare features and prices, to see which policy suits your needs. 

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