Medical Care

In order to take full advantage of your stay in the United States, this program has a number of activities that require frequent travel and it is recommended that you are prepared to be outside in cold weather. If you are a person with a disability and/or are unable to participate in program activities, please let us know as soon as possible so we can work with you to develop an adjusted program plan.

Please note that physical or other challenges will not disqualify you from the program.

If you are using any medication on a daily basis, we advise you to check with your doctor prior to your departure. Please bring an adequate supply of any prescription medicines you may need, and take them along with you on your aircraft in case your checked luggage is delayed. You should have a current written prescription in English for any unusual or controlled drugs you may require. If you use contact lenses or glasses, please make sure to bring an extra pair.

You will be provided essential health coverage. Upon your arrival, you will be issued an ASPE health benefits card that will be valid during your stay with the Institute. ASPE stands for Accident and Sickness Program for Exchanges and it is a limited health care benefit plan funded by the U.S. Department of State and administered by Seven Corners. It is designed to cover your medical expenses in the event of an emergency. The ASPE health benefit plan covers accidents, illnesses, and emergencies; it does NOT cover routine medical visits. To learn more about services covered by ASPE, please visit the following website.

Should you need to see a doctor, however, there will be a $25 co-pay that you will need to provide at the time of service. If you need to visit a hospital emergency room, there will be a $75 co-pay that you will need to provide at the time of service.

For more information on ASPE health benefits, please visit:

UD program staff will assist you in locating health care providers should you need care during your participation in the Institute.


This is a program of the U.S. Department of State, administered by the University of Delaware.

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