Health & Travel Insurance
Health and travel insurance are essential components of an overseas study experience. It is imperative that you obtain health and travel insurance for the duration of your participation in an overseas learning program.
HKUST travel insurance
HKUST’s Travel Insurance Policy covers students participating in the HKUST Exchange Program and Study Abroad programs. For more information, see the insurance webpage.
Period of travel
The university period of your travel is based on the actual required attendance period at the host institution. This means from the first day of orientation to the final day of assessment. These dates are either provided by the host institution or available from its academic calendar on its website.
Port of departure and return
The HKUST Travel Insurance policy requires that Hong Kong must be either your place of departure or return, or both. If your trip is not planned this way, the entire trip will not be covered. In this case, you must arrange your own travel insurance.
HKUST Travel Insurance does not cover travels outside of the university period and/or travels outside of your place of exchange. In these cases, you need to arrange for separate insurance.
As with most insurance policies, the HKUST Travel Insurance also has a list of exclusions. Please review them.
How to participate
HKUST students with confirmed nominations by HKUST will automatically be included in the University’s insurance cover.
Some host countries and/or universities require exchange students to submit proof of insurance. If you require proof of insurance for your exchange, you should complete the form and submit the request to the Scholarships & Financial Aid Office.
Please keep your boarding passes and air tickets until the exchange period has ended in case you need to file claims.
You can obtain the Claim Form from the Scholarships & Financial Aid Office, and submit it for endorsement. Claim materials must then be sent to the insurance company as soon as possible, and within 90 days of the event occurring. Note that this requirement may take place before your return to HKUST.
Host institution: Compulsory insurance
Some host institutions offer their own insurance, which will cover the period spent at their institution. In some cases, it is mandatory that you purchase this insurance to satisfy the host institution’s requirements or the host country’s legal requirements. You should follow the host institution’s advice on subscribing to these insurance policies as this may affect your eligibility for registration at the host institution or your legal status in the host country. This advice stands irrespective of any insurance coverage you may already have, including what is offered by HKUST.
If the host institution does not offer an insurance policy or does not make it mandatory to purchase its policy, but has specific insurance coverage requirements, you must ensure that you have coverage that meet those requirements.
It is the student’s responsibility to check and ensure that the host institution’s or host country’s insurance requirements are satisfied.
Additional insurance policies
You may purchase additional insurance that suits your needs. You may also already be covered by insurance taken out either by you or by your family. If you do have additional insurance, please carry the name of the insurance provider and the policy number when overseas.
Notes for insurance
Please note that the HKUST Travel Insurance plan, and many others, does not cover pre-existing conditions. These may include medical or physical conditions that you had before you enrolled in the plan. If you require additional coverage for a pre-existing condition, it is advisable that you check whether this is covered by your policy.