Student exploring his surroundings while studying abroad.

While Abroad

International Travel Insurance

Pace mandates that students going abroad for a semester (or academic year program) purchase a Pace-arranged international travel insurance plan to cover them for the duration of their study abroad program. The cost of coverage is added to their Pace student account in accordance with the duration of coverage. Here is a full description of the International Travel Insurance policy (PDF), which outlines your coverage and provides instructions on how to access the AXA 24/7 Travel Assistance portal and download the mobile app.

Under the Pace-provided international emergency insurance, COVID testing is only covered if ordered by a doctor as part of a course of treatment experiencing COVID symptoms. No insurance will cover the threat of COVID to trigger evacuation, cancellation, or trip interruption benefits. As such, we recommend the students purchase Cancel for Any Reason (CFAR) insurance for any prepaid, non-refundable trip costs (e.g. study abroad program fees, airfare, quarantine expenses for forced quarantine due to positive COVID test).

Here is a quick snapshot of the benefits (PDF). Once abroad, students should call the AXA 24/7 Travel Assistance Services number (+1-855-327-1425) before seeking medical assistance. Read more about the international travel insurance coverage.

We strongly recommend that all students register for the U.S Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). When you register, you will automatically receive the most current information about the country where you'll be traveling or living. You will also receive updates, including Travel Advisories (where/when applicable).

Money Matters

It’s important to manage your money while abroad to ensure your safety as well as budget accordingly. The following links provide tips and tricks on how to manage money overseas.

Culture Shock

Are you having a hard time adjusting to your new host country and culture? This is totally normal. It’s a system of emotions and reactions that can be coined “culture shock”. There are many resources to help you understand what you are going through and provide you with advice on how to cope, such as this one:

  • Adjustments and Culture Shock