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 Buenos Aires 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 Buenos Aires has an onsite Wellness Counselor on staff, Constanza Kiesel, should you ever wish to check in. You will meet her upon arrival, but it is never too early to reach out. Feel free to email her at any point: constanza.kiesel@nyu.edu. 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. The attitudes toward counseling, or therapy, vary from one country to another.

The NYU staff at your study abroad site can also refer you to a local counselor if you wish. Your GeoBlue Health Insurance should cover the cost for your mental health care needs so that you do not have to pay out of pocket for counseling services. Call the Wellness Exchange at (212) 443-9999 or write to wellness.exchange@nyu.edu if you need help making connections to mental health professionals abroad.

Special notes for students planning to continue taking psychiatric medication while studying away at NYUBA:

  • Please meet with your prescriber prior to departure (one month advance recommended) to discuss medication plans for time away, to ensure the medications you take are available in Argentina, and to secure and fill necessary prescriptions
  • It is recommended that you bring enough medication to last through your study abroad experience, or to ensure that the medication you are currently taking is available in Argentina
  • Prescriptions from physicians not licensed in Argentina cannot be filled here in Argentina.
  • If you know you will need medication, get it before you leave, or contact NYU’s the Wellness Exchange at (212) 443-9999. Counselors will be able to put you in contact with the appropriate NYU site staff NOW to get a referral to a psychiatrist or medical doctor.

If you have questions or concerns, contact the Wellness Exchange at (212) 443-9999; e-mail us at wellness.exchange@nyu.edu 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 (Reminder: NYU Buenos Aires has a full time Wellness Counselor, Constanza Kiesel). All inquiries will be kept confidential.