Insurance while Abroad

Health Insurance Greece students must maintain personal health insurance that is valid in their home country and abroad. Students may be covered under a domestic health insurance plan with international coverage, or a supplemental international health insurance carrier. students are strongly encouraged to check with their current insurance carrier to see what kind of coverage is offered abroad.

University-Provided Urgent and Emergency Coverage
Northeastern University maintains coverage to respond to costs associated with accidents and emergency/urgent illnesses.  This is not health insurance. For more details on this policy, please visit the international travel insurance website.

Travel Insurance students are encouraged to research whether they would like additional insurance that covers loss of money due to trip interruption or cancellation, as well as loss of baggage and personal effects either while traveling or living in the student residence.

Prescription Medication

Prior to your departure, discuss with your physician any prescription needs while studying abroad.

Packing Prescription Medication
Please note that not all medications may be available in Greece; if possible, make arrangements for bringing an entire semester’s worth of medication. Students should pack prescription medications in carry-on luggage in their original containers with doctor documentation.

Shipping Prescription Medication
Participants should check the requirements for shipping medications with both the courier service as well as with Greek customs. In some cases, the recipients may need to pay a fee to receive the package. It is not uncommon for packages to be held up in customs because more information is needed for delivery to be completed. WorldAware is a useful resource for questions about prescription medication.

Medical Facilities

American College of Thessaloniki Student Services offers appointments with an English-speaking physician on campus for routine and basic health screenings for minor ailments and health advice.

For more serious matters, St. Luke’s Hospital, located 5-10 minutes from ACT, and the Euromedica Hospital (Geniki Kliniki), located 5-10 minutes from the student housing, accepts all students on a 24-hour basis.

If admitted, students can choose to be hospitalized in private rooms. Both hospitals have staff who speak English and will accept direct payment for services rendered. Insurance is not accepted as a form of payment, but receipts are issued in English upon request and can be submitted to the insurer for reimbursement according to personal policy’s terms and limits. ACT staff is available to assist with arrangements that students/guardians may need to make.

Mental Health

The ACT Counseling Office is headed by a licensed professional, and students are provided with two free sessions during the semester. Students are referred to off-campus specialists if further assessment or treatment is needed.

Safety Resources while Abroad

WorldAware provides all students with local healthcare service provider referrals, travel warnings, and emergency assistance services 24 hours a day. Students can also use WorldAware services to locate a nearby, English-speaking doctor while abroad, either in their host countries or while traveling independently. 

The WorldAware 24/7 international assistance hotline can be reached at the following number specific to Northeastern University members: +1.312.470.3108. 

More information can be found on Northeastern University’s international travel website.

Northeastern Travel Registry
Northeastern University requires all students to enter their travel itinerary and housing accommodations into “My Travel Plans” on the myNortheastern student portal also called the traveler registry. Students should also enter any independent travel during the semester and make sure their contact information remains updated.

More information can be found on Northeastern University’s international travel website.

Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)
U.S. citizens can register their travel plans with the U.S. Embassy through the State Department’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program. We strongly encourage students to register, as this is a free service that will allow the U.S. State Department to better assist citizens abroad in the event of an emergency.

Additional Resources
For more resources, visit the U.S. State Department, which provides information on safety for travelers abroad, including tips on handling money, traveling on public transportation, and safety in a hotel.

Medical Disclosure

The Program does not require students to get a physical prior to departure, though it does require students to submit medical information in the General Enrollment Form to alert our staff of any medical conditions or allergies. This form will be included in your enrollment paperwork