Northeastern University International Travel

To learn more about Northeastern COVID-19 policies, travel support, and frequently asked questions please visit Northeastern’s International Travel website.

Insurance while Abroad

Health Insurance Ireland students are covered by MediCover Student Private Medical Expenses Insurance. The cost of this coverage is included in the program fee. MediCover is not comprehensive medical insurance, and will not cover medical costs known or required prior to traveling. Before departing to Ireland, check with your current healthcare provider for coverage details and consider purchasing an international health insurance plan if necessary.

Students will receive a copy of their individualized MediCover Student Private Medical Expenses Insurance Application, Confirmation of Cover, and Policy Summary at their on-site orientation in Dublin. We also recommend that students become familiar with the following documents:

MediCover Student Personal Travel Medical Expenses Insurance Policy
MediCover Expenses Claim Form
MediCover FAQs

    A few important items:

  • Participants will need to reference their policy number, their certificate number, and their educational institution (UCD freshman program) when filing a claim.
  • More information about insurance coverage will be provided at the On-site Orientation in Dublin.

University-Provided Urgent and Emergency Coverage
Northeastern University maintains coverage to respond to costs associated with accidents and emergency/urgent illnesses.  This is not health insurance. For more details on this policy, please visit the international travel insurance website.

Travel Insurance students are encouraged to research whether they would like additional insurance that covers loss of money due to trip interruption or cancellation, as well as loss of baggage and personal effects either while traveling or living in the student residence.

Prescription Medication

Prior to your departure, discuss with your physician any prescription needs while studying abroad.

Packing Prescription Medication
Please note that not all medications may be available in Ireland; if possible, make arrangements for bringing an entire semester’s worth of medication. Students should pack prescription medications in carry-on luggage in their original containers with doctor documentation.

Shipping Prescription Medication
Participants should check the requirements for shipping medications with both the courier service as well as with Irish customs. In some cases, the recipients may need to pay a fee to receive the package. It is not uncommon for packages to be held up in customs because more information is needed for delivery to be completed. WorldAware is a useful resource for questions about prescription medication.

Medical Facilities

The UCD Student Health Service provides on-campus medical, psychological and psychiatric care to registered students of the University College Dublin, and is used for general practice services while participants are abroad. Most times, students can be seen for a same-day appointment.

There are also many local hospitals and clinics students can go to in case of urgent health care needs. One of the nearby options is St. Vincent’s University Hospital.

Safety Resources while Abroad

All Northeastern University students, faculty, and staff requiring medical, security, and travel assistance abroad can obtain assistance through the Northeastern Travel Support Network. Please contact the 24/7 international assistance hotline +1.857.214.5332 (international collect calls are accepted) to access support services provided by our partners, the Collinson Group and Crisis24, a GardaWorld company. They will also notify Northeastern’s International Safety Office of your call to provide an added layer of support. 

Please be sure to register your travel by visiting the GardaWorld Travel Security portal and log in with your Northeastern email and credentials. Once registered, download the mobile app by the same name to stay up to date on important travel safety related information. 

Northeastern Travel Registry
Northeastern University requires all students to enter their travel itinerary and housing accommodations into “My Travel Plans” on the myNortheastern student portal also called the traveler registry. Students should also enter any independent travel during the semester and make sure their contact information remains updated.

More information can be found on Northeastern University’s international travel website.

Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)
U.S. citizens can register their travel plans with the U.S. Embassy through the State Department’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program. We strongly encourage students to register, as this is a free service that will allow the U.S. State Department to better assist citizens abroad in the event of an emergency.

Additional Resources
Visit the U.S. State Department, which provides information on safety for travelers abroad, including tips on handling money, traveling on public transportation, and safety in a hotel.

Medical Disclosure

The Program does not require students to get a physical prior to departure, though it does require students to submit medical information in the General Enrollment Form to alert our staff of any medical conditions or allergies. This form will be included in your enrollment paperwork