Health & Safety

The NYU Student Health Center and the Department of Public Safety work closely with program staff to plan for safe, healthy, and enriching opportunities long before you arrive. You will be introduced to many of these services in the months leading up to your program abroad while others will be explained in detail during the mandatory on-site orientation.

Get a head start on familiarizing yourself with global health and wellness resources by visiting the NYU Student Health Center website. Click here for information specifically about Shanghai Health & Wellness.

Health & Safety FAQs

  • Does NYU Provide International Health Insurance?

Yes, all students studying away on an NYU Global Program are enrolled in GeoBlue international health insurance. This will occur shortly before departure. All students should read the GeoBlue Student Member Guide.

  • Do I need to maintain my home insurance?

You MUST maintain your domestic health insurance when studying away with NYU. The International Health Insurance provided by NYU covers you ONLY outside your home country while participating in the program, so if for any reason you needed to go home for care you want to make sure there are no gaps in your coverage.

  • What kind of coverage does the NYU International Insurance provide?

For the details of the GeoBlue plan, including medical evacuation, please see here. For any questions about your coverage, please contact health.insurance@nyu.edu.

  • What if I need counseling while abroad?

NYU Shanghai has an onsite wellness counselors, Yirui Wang and Madeleine Dupre.

While studying abroad is an incredible experience, it often takes time to adjust to a new culture, living arrangements, food, language and submersion into the unfamiliar. Some students feel overwhelmed, others homesick. Some afraid, others depressed. You may periodically feel out of sorts.

Students must plan ahead before departure! Call the Wellness Exchange at 212.443.9999 or write to wellness.exchange@nyu.edu if help is needed in making connections to mental health professionals abroad, or check our web page at www.nyu.edu/shc/counseling. If you find you need a therapist, counselor or doctor while you are away, ask a member of the NYU site staff or visit one of the wellness counselors at NYU Shanghai. All inquiries will be kept confidential.

If a student is currently attending counseling or seeing a therapist regularly, they should consider the following:

  • If treatment is essential to functioning, a student must identify a therapist PRIOR TO their departure!
  • If a student is considering taking a hiatus from treatment, they should have a plan in the event they need to see someone while abroad.

If a student is presently taking prescribed psychotropic medication:

  • The student must meet with their prescribing physician to discuss
  • Receive enough medication to last until the student returns. (Note: for some conditions and some medications, this is not possible)
  • Prescriptions from doctors in the United States cannot be filled abroad. Obtain a referral to a psychiatrist or medical doctor abroad who can follow the student and write prescription refills.
  • Do I need personal property insurance?

While it’s not mandatory that you purchase personal property insurance for your semester abroad, we strongly recommend that you consider it before your semester begins, particularly if you are bringing electronics with you or if you plan on traveling.

Information on the CSI Insurance Agency, a company that provides personal property/effects insurance for you while abroad if you select to undertake coverage, is included here. This is the same company that offers a similar policy for students personal items on the NYU campus in New York.

Questions about this coverage should be directed to CSI Insurance Agency directly: http://www.collegestudentinsurance.com/

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