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University Year Abroad Travel Insurance

MMLL and AMES students travelling abroad now have the option to take out free University travel insurance. Please refer to the University's Travel Insurance for Undergraduate Year Abroad webpage and documents at the end of this section for further information and guidance. Students should apply for University Year Abroad Travel Insurance once risk assessment is approved.

Few points to highlight:

1) The University Insurance team is responsible for the working of this scheme. Any enquiries should therefore be addressed to them at

2) A reminder that the Insurers adopt the FCO’s own definition of ‘essential travel’ as any travel that individuals deem essential for professional or personal reasons. Therefore an ‘amber’ warning to the effect that FCO is advising against all ’non-essential’ travel to a destination should not necessarily prevent you from travelling. You will still be covered by insurance even where an amber warning is in place. 

3) In common with the vast majority of affordable policies, the University scheme does not cover Covid-related disruption (e.g. repatriation of belongings, etc.). It does cover in-country medical costs for Covid treatment, however.  4) Anyone who has travelled out after 1 August 2020 are eligible for the scheme.

Remember to upload your Risk Assessment before you leave Cambridge. You will be emailed full instructions in Easter Term before your Year Abroad.

UK Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC)

All students in Europe should carry a UK Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC). A UK Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) gives you the right to access state-provided healthcare during a temporary stay in the European Union (EU). You must provide placement details of your YA placements and the YA Office can supply the proof required on request only when your placement has been approved.

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