International Student Insurance Newsletter

February 2022 | Issue #33

A new year used to mean a new diet, a new workout routine, or any cliche new year’s resolution. However, the pandemic has shifted our mindset and really highlighted the importance of using our time and health well. Google’s most popular searches of 2021 included “how to be happy alone” and “TikTok pasta” which I can attest it’s very healthy and brought much happiness to my household. As we step into 2022, we hope to get a better handle on our health and truly be present in each moment. Whether you’re at home taking online classes near your loved ones or you ventured abroad to create once-in-a-lifetime experiences, we hope you have a wonderful and mindful year.

Yessica Pacheco, Customer Service Manager
for the ISI Team


Is Spring Break on your Mind?

Warmer weather, a break from classes, flowers blooming... You guessed it, Spring Break is around the corner. Wherever this upcoming spring break takes you, don’t forget to have proper insurance whenever you travel! A few important coverages to consider:

Atlas Travel Plan

  • COVID-19 covered like any other illness
  • Emergency Quarantine Indemnity - 10 days of quarantine covered for plans longer than 30 days
  • Coverage for trip interruption, travel delay, and lost luggage

ITravelInsured Plan

  • Trip Cancellation and Interruption for any reason add-on (including COVID-19!)
  • COVID-19 covered like any other illness
  • Coverage for missed connections, travel delay, and lost luggage

Culture Shock

Traveling to a different country is an exciting experience. However, being at an unfamiliar place overtime can make you feel alone and isolated. This is referred to as culture shock. In our latest video blog, Sally McLeod interviews Bryanna Davis on recognizing the signs of cultural shock and how to navigate these feelings so you can make the best out of your trip abroad.

Organized, Recreations, and Adventure Sports

Playing sports and staying active is one of the cheapest and easiest forms of self-care. Whether you choose to play on a school soccer team, play basketball with your friends at the local park, or parasailing in the beaches of Costa Rica, you should be prepared for the unexpected. We offer multiple plans that cover you for sports related injuries:

Prescription Medication

Need to fill your prescriptions while you’re studying in the US? Ran out of your medication from back home and don’t know where to start? Learn how to navigate the world of prescriptions and pharmacies in the US with the help of our blog:

Vaccinations for International Students in the US

If this pandemic has taught us anything, it’s the importance of being vaccinated. To study in the US, many schools and universities require certain vaccinations so you can begin classes. In our latest blog, we explore the most common vaccinations and the cost of each in the US.

Team Profile: Melissa Madrigal - Marketing Coordinator

I was born and raised in Mexico City but did my Bachelor’s at the University of New Mexico. During the 5 years I was in the United States, I met many wonderful people and got interested in hobbies such as hiking, bouldering, and craft beer. I was also insured by International Student Insurance and by serendipitous circumstances, I now find myself working here and paying it forward by assisting other international students with their insurance needs.

On the weekends you can find me exploring new coffee spots, listening to nerdy podcasts, and exploring the city on foot on a bike. I also love listening to music and learning new things about other cultures. If you ever get to talk to me over the phone, don’t be shy, I am always excited to help you as best as I can!

Need Help?

If you need help with your insurance plan, we are committed to helping you understand your insurance plan and how to navigate your healthcare. We offer customer service in English, Spanish, Chinese, and Arabic. Contact us at:

US Toll Free: 877.758.4391
Internationally: +1.904.758.4391
Skype: skype:international-student-insurance