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Health, Safety & Security Off-Campus

A Commonsense Approach Can Help Ensure a Safe and Enjoyable Experience

A safe and successful off-campus experience does not just occur—it requires careful planning and preparation. WPI is committed to the health, safety, and security of all students who participate in our programs. While off-campus study can present unique challenges, careful risk management and diligent planning can result in a rewarding project experience.


In an ongoing commitment to the safety of our students, faculty and staff worldwide, WPI is proud to announce a new partnership with UnitedHealthcare Global, a leading provider of international travel assistance services. Effective immediately, UnitedHealthcare Global will provide 24-hour travel, medical and security assistance services to WPI students, faculty and staff while traveling outside of the United States. A full summary of benefits and plan information will be provided to students prior to departure. 
UnitedHealthcare Global provides assistance services in the following categories:
  • Travel Assistance Services
  • Medical Assistance Services
  • Medical Evacuation and Repatriation Services
  • Security Evacuation Services
  • Worldwide Destination Intelligence
All Students traveling off campus to participate in a WPI program in the US are required to carry medical insurance that is valid at the program site for the entire length of the program. Please verify your coverage outside of Massachusetts with your insurance company.  You will be asked to provide your insurance information before departure. In the event that your primary US insurance does not cover you at your Project Center, you can look into purchasing a short-term health insurance plan. The following are a list of options you may consider (No WPI endorsement or recommendation is implied):
Good Neighbor Insurance’s HCC Life Short Term Medical Insurance Plan
IHC Health Solutions Short Term Medical Plan

Other Helpful Resources

Students Abroad (State Department) 
Sara’s Wish Foundation Travel Safety for Students

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