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Insurance for Studying Abroad in Russia

Russia MapStudents studying abroad in Russia get to experience one of the most exotic, vast countries in the world. While the size of Russia alone is outstanding, the cultural diversity and educational advantages of this special country are many. But venturing into the unknown comes with increased risks. The change in climate and exposure to new things can cause illnesses and home-sickness. Injuries can happen unexpectedly whenever you’re in a new place, traveling and living the Russian life. With so many uncertainties, insurance is vital to your study abroad success!

“Oh no! Is Russia dangerous?”

Despite the cold, Russia might not be any more of a risk to your health than any other country you would travel to. However, there are additionally considerations to be mindful of. International students should consider purchasing medical insurance that covers both medical care and emergency medical evacuation for their study abroad in Russia. Because Russia is so huge, the quality of Russian medical care varies throughout the country. Emergency Medical Evacuation is sometimes the only option to receive proper care for your medical situation, since it covers the cost of transportation to the nearest capable medical facility.

“Am I required to have insurance when I go to Russia?”

Insurance is not only an advisable precaution to take, it is also required for some nationalities. Using the principle of reciprocity, medical insurance is required for citizens of a country that requires medical insurance from Russian citizens entering their own country. You should visit your particular Russian Consulate or Embassy to determine what insurance requirements apply to you.

“Which insurance plans will meet my needs in Russia?”

Although your insurance requirements may differ depending on where you’re from, there are a couple plans that meet the needs of most people – the Europe Travel plan and the Atlas Travel plan. Both of these plans will cover you in case of injuries or illnesses while in Russia, as well as Emergency Medical Evacuation. For more information about health insurance in Russia and appropriate insurance plans, check out our Russia Student Insurance page.


Posted by Victoria Troupe

Victoria is currently a marketing specialist with Envisage International. She has had the opportunity to live and study around the world, including Germany, Poland, and China. A native of Wyoming, Victoria received her Bachelor's degree from the University of Wyoming, her MBA from the University of North Florida and her Master's of Intercultural Communication from Fachhochschule Köln, in Cologne, Germany.

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