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Student travel and the Australian government
What is student travel insurance?
How could students studying abroad benefit from travel insurance?
Factors to consider as a travelling student
What’s does travel insurance not cover for students?

The number of Australian students deciding to study abroad as part of their Australian university degree has grown fourfold over the past decade1https://www.universitiesaustralia.edu.au/Media-and-Events/media-releases/More-Australian-students-see-the-value-of-study-abroad#.XI7viyIzaUl, with students viewing it as an opportunity to challenge themselves, improve future job prospects, and gain independence.

Student travel and the Australian government

The Australian Government is also actively encouraging students to study overseas. For example, there’s an Australian Government initiative called the New Colombo Plan2https://dfat.gov.au/about-australia/visiting-australia/Pages/study-in-australia.aspx, which provides opportunities for Australian undergraduates to study and perform internships in 38 locations within the Indo-Pacific region.

Whether you’re going on a short school trip, or an extended exchange program, it’s important to be prepared, which includes considering having appropriate travel insurance.

What is student travel insurance?

Student travel insurance is a policy designed for students travelling overseas for activities like a school trip or a longer-term exchange program. It can cover things like healthcare while you’re overseas, replacing lost or stolen luggage, and repatriation costs in the event of an illness or injury that cuts your trip short and more.

Depending on your study plans, you may need to organise specific cover to satisfy the requirements of your host institution3https://smartraveller.gov.au/guide/pages/studying-overseas.aspx#check-your-travel-insurance. Your local school or university may be able to help you to navigate these requirements.

How could students studying benefit from travel insurance?

There are many reasons why it’s worth considering travel insurance if you’re studying abroad. Let’s dive into some of the specific reasons!

Factors to consider as a traveling student

When organising your student travel insurance policy, there’s some important details you need to check. For example:

  • Pre-Existing conditions: Will you be covered for pre-existing medical conditions?
  • What activities will be covered: All study and no play makes for a dull trip, so if you are planning on enjoying things like skiing or adventure sports, make sure you’re covered
  • Your policies’ excess: Could you be better off paying a higher premium and having a lower excess? This is often a good choice for longer study trips where you’re more likely to need medical treatment
  • Policy limits: Does your policy still provide cover if you travel to other countries on holiday during your exchange? Is the number of personal travel days limited during the exchange period?
  • Additional leave: Are you planning on doing additional travel at the end of your exchange? Make sure that your policy doesn’t end while you’re still overseas

What does travel insurance not cover for students?

If you’re considering working while abroad, some restrictions may apply. For example, you may not be covered for humanitarian or missionary related work/travel/labour, as well as manual labour including (but not limited to) construction, installation, and assembly. It’s important you read your policy documents to ensure you have an appropriate level of cover.

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It’s easy to feel overwhelmed once you start looking for a travel insurance policy for your trip. There are so many policies, all with different inclusions, fee and excess structures, and don’t forget that they can even change depending on which countries you are going to.

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