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What Questions Should I Ask When Buying Study Abroad Insurance?

What Questions Should I Ask When Buying Study Abroad Insurance?

Posted by Emmet Pierce on July 15, 2016 in Study Abroad

If you plan to study outside your home country, you'll need to purchase an international student health insurance plan to make sure you have access to quality medical care while abroad. Your goal should be to find insurance coverage that gives you access to excellent healthcare at a price that matches your budget. Here are 10 questions to ask before you begin shopping:... Read More ...

How to Create a Realistic Study Abroad Budget

How to Create a Realistic Study Abroad Budget

Posted by Robert DiGiacomo on June 23, 2016 in Study Abroad

Study abroad is a popular way to broaden your education while gaining a first-hand perspective on the world. The experience also comes with a price that may be higher than the cost of your primary college or university. Here are seven tips for creating a realistic study abroad budget that will help you cover the basics, as well as travel:... Read More ...

Health Concerns for Study Abroad Students

Health Concerns for Study Abroad Students

Posted by Emmet Pierce on June 16, 2016 in Study Abroad

When you're planning to study abroad, it's very important to consider the potential health issues you could encounter as a visiting student. The Center for Global Education's Student Study Abroad Safety Handbook suggests that you take time to learn about precautions you can take to avoid illnesses, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) publishes travel advisories on its website for countries around the world. The U.S. Department of State also provides information on its Students Abroad website.... Read More ...

Study Abroad Checklist: Everything You Need to Do to Prepare

Study Abroad Checklist: Everything You Need to Do to Prepare

Posted by Eric Rosenberg on April 21, 2016 in Study Abroad

Studying abroad is an amazing experience, but getting ready for the big trip can be hectic and overwhelming. To ensure you don't forget anything and have a smooth transition to your new host country, it is best to make a checklist to keep yourself on track for your departure.... Read More ...

Everything You Need to Know About Getting an F1 Visa

Everything You Need to Know About Getting an F1 Visa

Posted by Robert DiGiacomo on April 14, 2016 in Study Abroad

International citizens who wish to enter the United States are generally required to obtain a visa. For citizens of foreign countries who wish to study in the U.S., a student visa is mandatory. If you are entering the United States to attend a college or university, high school, private elementary school, seminary, conservatory, or other academic institution (including a language training program), you’ll need to take the following steps to obtain your F1 visa:... Read More ...

The Ultimate Study Abroad Packing List

The Ultimate Study Abroad Packing List

Posted by Eric Rosenberg on April 7, 2016 in Study Abroad

If you are off to study abroad, you are about to embark on an amazing, educational adventure. Before you head to the airport, you'll need to do some serious planning and preparation. This is a big trip to a foreign country, and to avoid overspending while away, you should be sure to pack everything you need.... Read More ...

9 Countries Where Americans Can Study for Free (or at a Fraction of U.S. Costs!)

9 Countries Where Americans Can Study for Free (or at a Fraction of U.S. Costs!)

Posted by Eric Rosenberg on March 31, 2016 in Study Abroad

Tuition prices are skyrocketing in the United States. According to data from College Board, between 2005-06 and 2015-16, the cost to attend an American four-year university increased at an average rate of 3.4% per year beyond inflation. With costs on the rise, savvy students and parents are looking elsewhere for education. Europe, South America, and Asia all offer free (or very cheap) education options for Americans. Here are some top destinations where Americans can earn a college degree on a budget.... Read More ...

Passport to Study Abroad: CIEE Program

Passport to Study Abroad: CIEE Program

Posted by Robert DiGiacomo on March 3, 2016 in Study Abroad

CIEE: The Council on International Educational Exchange is providing funding through 2020 for the cost of processing 10,000 student passports. The program is part of CIEE's $20 million Generation Study Abroad Initiative, which seeks to address the biggest obstacles to participating in study abroad, identified by the group as cost, curriculum, and culture. Research shows that those who get to study abroad reap significant short-and long-term benefits from the experience, recording higher grade point averages and garnering more interest from prospective employers.... Read More ...

Travel Insurance vs. Travel Medical Insurance: Is There a Difference?

Travel Insurance vs. Travel Medical Insurance: Is There a Difference?

Posted by Brianna Weidman on March 1, 2016 in Insurance

Purchasing an insurance policy is one of the most important things travelers can do to protect themselves from the health, safety, and financial risks that accompany international travel. But when it comes to travel insurance, it’s often difficult to figure out exactly what you’re getting- or even what it is that you actually need. In this article, we break down the two types of insurance you may be considering: travel insurance and travel medical insurance. Is there a difference between the two? The answer is usually yes.... Read More ...

How to Prepare for Graduate Study Abroad- And Adjust to Life Back Home

How to Prepare for Graduate Study Abroad- And Adjust to Life Back Home

Posted by Brianna Weidman on February 18, 2016 in Study Abroad

So you’ve decided to earn your graduate degree abroad. Whether you’re still deciding on a program or you’ve already been accepted - congrats! - it’s imperative that you prepare for this journey well in advance. Not only will the extra time and prep work make the transition to your host country that much smoother, but it’ll result in an easier adjustment period when you return home. So check out the following considerations- and enjoy your study abroad experience!... Read More ...

How to Complete Your Medical Residency in the U.S.

How to Complete Your Medical Residency in the U.S.

Posted by Lauren McNitt on February 11, 2016 in Study Abroad

Practicing medicine in the United States can be appealing to many international medical students and doctors, but the U.S. requires these physicians to undergo an extensive process — including re-completing residency in the U.S. One way to avoid completing two residencies, which could take as long as 10 years, is to complete just one residency — in the United States. However, this can be challenging due to a shortage of slots in residency programs in many states and roadblocks for international students qualifying for financial aid.... Read More ...

The Disadvantages of Study Abroad

The Disadvantages of Study Abroad

Posted by Brianna Weidman on February 5, 2016 in Study Abroad

Planning for your study abroad experience can be equal parts exciting and overwhelming, and every decision you make should involve an assessment of both the positives and the negatives. While it’s only natural to imagine the glamorous aspects of your trip abroad, these expectations can cloud your judgment of the reality that awaits you. Studying abroad is a worthwhile and often life-changing experience, but be sure to check out these 5 disadvantages of study abroad- before you start planning.... Read More ...

Timeline for Study Abroad Planning

Timeline for Study Abroad Planning

Posted by Kelli Vorndran on January 21, 2016 in Study Abroad

Study abroad preparation is important for a smooth trasition and successful experience. This timeline breaks down the process into helpful steps to follow, beginning as early as 18 months prior to departure. Timelines for all students will vary based on country of origin, the procedures of the university they will attend, and more. For some students, the process can take as long as two years; for others as short as 6 months.... Read More ...

8 Ways Students Can Stay Safe Studying Abroad

8 Ways Students Can Stay Safe Studying Abroad

Posted by Robert DiGiacomo on January 14, 2016 in Study Abroad

Students interested in study abroad can take pro-active steps to fully reap the benefits of the experience, despite concerns about global security in the wake of recent terrorist attacks. Study abroad offers many personal and practical benefits, according to IES Abroad. Alumni of such programs report starting salaries that are $7,000 a year higher than other graduates; have much greater success in finding a job within one year of graduation, and have a 90 percent acceptance rate into the first or second graduate school on their list.... Read More ...

Best Study Abroad Scholarships and Grants for 2016

Best Study Abroad Scholarships and Grants for 2016

Posted by Eric Rosenberg on January 7, 2016 in Study Abroad

Studying abroad is a unique opportunity for college students to live and learn outside the United States. While these programs are available all over the world, they can be very expensive, and paying for them is often a challenge. If you are looking to study abroad, be sure to check out these scholarship opportunities that could cover part- or all- of your study abroad experience.... Read More ...

6 Tips for Meeting People While Studying Abroad

6 Tips for Meeting People While Studying Abroad

Posted by Brianna Weidman on September 1, 2015 in Study Abroad

The value of studying abroad is undeniable; these once-in-a-lifetime programs provide opportunities for educational and personal growth, intercultural development, and professional advancement- all while immersing you in a foreign culture!... Read More ...

J-1 Visas: Your 5-Step Checklist

J-1 Visas: Your 5-Step Checklist

Posted by Kelli Vorndran on May 27, 2015 in Travel

Figuring out the application process for a J-1 visa can be challenging, so HCC Medical Insurance Services (“HCCMIS”) created this easy, five-step checklist to help you as you explore opportunities abroad.... Read More ...

International Medical Insurance for Students Studying at American Universities

International Medical Insurance for Students Studying at American Universities

Posted by Kelli Vorndran on May 5, 2015 in Insurance

Traveling to the United States to study at an American university can be a once-in-a-lifetime experience that gives you more of a global outlook and helps you identify what you’re passionate about in life. From visiting Mt. Rushmore to standing in the middle of Times Square, international students studying in the U.S. have... Read More ...

Interview: Studying German in Germany

Interview: Studying German in Germany

Posted by Kristen Kaweck on May 5, 2015 in Study Abroad

We interviewed a Michigan State University Alumni, Elizabeth Kelley, who had recently studied abroad to study German in Germany. She graciously allowed us to share her thoughts on studying another language in another country for those who are curious about doing the same.... Read More ...

How to Study Abroad in High School

How to Study Abroad in High School

Posted by Kristen Kaweck on May 4, 2015 in Study Abroad

Studying abroad in high school is a fantastic idea for those wishing and wanting to experience new cultures and learn what it is like away from home. You will undoubtedly gain some great worldly experience that will impress colleges and future employers. More than a great resume builder, studying abroad in high will allow you ... Read More ...

How to Study Abroad in Japan

How to Study Abroad in Japan

Posted by Jonathan Daniel on May 4, 2015 in Study Abroad

The decision to study abroad can be a life-altering one. Spending an extended period of time on your own in a foreign country changes your outlook on life and exposes you to things you would never see had you stayed home. If you have made that decision and are looking for a destination, consider Japan.... Read More ...

How to File a Student Visa Application

How to File a Student Visa Application

Posted by Jonathan Daniel on April 28, 2015 in Study Abroad

The student visa application process can be confusing and time consuming. There are certain steps and procedures than must be done in a certain order; otherwise, you could end up having to start the process over again. Not only is it recommended, but it is also encouraged that you start to file your student visa application as soon as possible. Because of wait times and application review processes,... Read More ...

H1N1 Is Still Hitting College Campuses - Are You Covered?

H1N1 Is Still Hitting College Campuses - Are You Covered?

Posted by Muhammad Yasin on April 23, 2015 in Study Abroad

With an increasing number of H1N1 cases on college campuses around the world, health insurance for international students is becoming even more beneficial. Many colleges and universities require medical coverage in order for international students to enroll and study in programs abroad. Even though many schools sponsor and distribute their own H1NI medical plans, students still have the option to purchase a third-party plan as long as that plan meets the school’s minimum benefit requirements.... Read More ...

Finding the Best Study Abroad Program For You

Finding the Best Study Abroad Program For You

Posted by Ryan Love on April 22, 2015 in Study Abroad

After first deciding to study abroad, the next step might be one of the most exciting: choosing a destination. You may be lured by where your friends want to travel, but it’s important to choose a country that fits your academic needs and has a history and culture that interests you.... Read More ...

Getting Prepared for College in a Foreign Country

Getting Prepared for College in a Foreign Country

Posted by Jarred Juett on April 22, 2015 in Study Abroad

Whether you are entering college right after graduating high school or you are enrolling after some time off, getting prepared for college can be tricky. It can be even trickier to prepare when your new school is in another country!... Read More ...

Featured Customer: Touring Olympic Park

Featured Customer: Touring Olympic Park

Posted by Kristen Kaweck on March 20, 2015 in Study Abroad

As the final days of De-Neita People’s study abroad trip are drawing closer, there are a couple things that she has planned to complete her “to-do” list. Although she has been working hard in her law classes, she has made time to see just about all of the amazing attractions London has to offer.  She ... Read More ...

F1 Visa Guidelines and Rules

F1 Visa Guidelines and Rules

Posted by Kristen Kaweck on March 2, 2015 in Study Abroad

Are you a student looking to travel to the US for studies? If so, then the F1 visa is the visa that you need to think about. The F1 Visa is for foreign students attending a university, college, high school, private elementary school, seminary, conservatory, or a language-training program in the United States. However, there ... Read More ...

Coming to the U.S. for a Masters Program

Coming to the U.S. for a Masters Program

Posted by Kelli Vorndran on February 23, 2015 in Study Abroad

Many decisions accompany the choice to get a graduate degree. One decision is picking the university to complete your master’s program. There are many graduate programs throughout the world, but many people decide to go to the United States. Wherever you decide to go, you’ll want to receive a quality education from a respected university.... Read More ...

Timeline for Study Abroad Planning Infographic

Timeline for Study Abroad Planning Infographic

Posted by Kelli Vorndran on September 18, 2014 in Study Abroad

Students preparing to study abroad must complete several steps in the months leading up to their departure. The following infographic illustrates a timeline with the general breakdown of the steps you should follow to ensure the process moves smoothly. Keep in mind... Read More ...

5 Tips For Preparing to Stay with a Host Family

5 Tips For Preparing to Stay with a Host Family

Posted by Courtney Guggenberger on July 30, 2014 in Study Abroad

When you picked a location to study abroad, most likely you were intrigued by your host country’s culture. Deeper research into the family structure and style of your host country will help tremendously in understanding your new family. Each culture has its own way and standard of living, and by gaining insight before even entering... Read More ...

HCC Medical Insurance Services Gives Back to Its Agents

HCC Medical Insurance Services Gives Back to Its Agents

Posted by Muhammad Yasin on March 28, 2014 in Insurance

We’ve all been there. It’s a quarter after five on Friday, and your son’s baseball game starts in 20 minutes. You’re trying to finish up one last comparison for a client who leaves on a business trip to China next week. You’re trying to ensure that you choose the best plan for your client, but the company websites you depend on for plan information and quoting seem like labyrinths hiding the information you’re searching for... Read More ...

Meet Latoiya, Customer Service Specialist

Meet Latoiya, Customer Service Specialist

Posted by Muhammad Yasin on March 28, 2014 in Insurance

Meet Latoiya, one of our dedicated Customer Service Specialists. HCC Medical Insurance Services offers personal service via phone 24/7 in addition to email, live chat and Twitter during normal business hours. For a full listing of the travel assistance services provided by our service center, visit the customer care page.... Read More ...

MultiNational Underwriters to be Named HCC Medical Insurance Services

MultiNational Underwriters to be Named HCC Medical Insurance Services

Posted by Muhammad Yasin on March 28, 2014 in Insurance

Effective July 1, 2009, MultiNational Underwriters will be operating under the name of HCC Medical Insurance Services (HCCMIS for short). This new name further assimilates the company with its parent company, HCC Insurance Holdings, Inc, which is rated A+ by A.M. Best and has assets of over $8 billion.... Read More ...

How to Study Abroad in England

How to Study Abroad in England

Posted by Kristen Kaweck on March 27, 2014 in Study Abroad

England is consistently one of the top places for study abroad students to extend their travels and studies for many reasons. One of the top reasons to study abroad in England is that it is an English speaking area, and saves students the hassle of a language barrier. Once you have made you last final... Read More ...

10 Tips for Experiencing the Culture While Studying Abroad

10 Tips for Experiencing the Culture While Studying Abroad

Posted by Muhammad Yasin on March 27, 2014 in Study Abroad

Studying abroad is not always easy. Language barriers can leave foreign students feeling isolated on occasions, and home sickness is common among young travelers. Studying abroad can be made easier and more enjoyable if students do not think of themselves as visitors, but instead immerse themselves in a region’s culture. Provided below are 10 tips for experiencing the culture while studying abroad.... Read More ...

U.S. Study Abroad Programs

U.S. Study Abroad Programs

Posted by Muhammad Yasin on August 15, 2012 in Study Abroad

Learn about U.S. study abroad programs from coast to coast and everything in between. See which universities offer the most robust learning abroad programs including specific information about study abroad programs and contact information to get you started. You’ll find everything you need from international student health insurance recommendations to international university demographics.... Read More ...