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Cancel/Interrupt for Any Reason Insurance

Education Abroad recommends you carefully consider purchasing Cancel/Interrupt for Any Reason insurance after you have been accepted into an Education Abroad Program. Cancel/Interrupt for Any Reason (CFAR/IFAR) insurance can help safeguard an investment in an education abroad experience in the event the program is suspended or you unexpectedly need to withdraw – either before departing or while abroad. This is not a health insurance plan; you are automatically enrolled in a mandatory international health insurance plan as a part of your program fee.

Education Abroad will enroll all students participating in a Global Seminar in CFAR insurance required for the program. Further information related to this specific CFAR insurance policy will be provided through these students' MyCUAbroad accounts and via email. 

There are several CFAR/IFAR insurance policies to choose from. Education Abroad recommends a CFAR/IFAR insurance policy that provides at least 75% coverage; one such option is Travel Insured International Cancellation & Interruption For Any Reason Insurance (domestic coverage available). The following information is specific to the CFAR/IFAR insurance recommended by Education Abroad. Contact CFAR/IFAR insurance policy providers to learn more about different policies.

CFAR/IFAR insurance will cover a percentage of your program fees, housing abroad, and flights if your program is canceled or you withdraw from the program for any reason if these fees are not refunded by other parties.

CFAR/IFAR insurance will not cover any program fees, housing abroad, or flights refunded through your program or airline as a result of a trip interruption or cancellation. CFAR/IFAR insurance will not cover visa application fees, pre-departure vaccines/other medical exams required by your program. 
As you consider purchasing CFAR/IFAR insurance, make sure you know the following:
  • What is and is not covered – specifically in relation to COVID-19 and pandemics since not all CFAR/IFAR insurance policies cover COVID-19 or pandemics
  • Your airline’s flight cancellation refund policy
  • Your program’s cancellation and refund policies
  • The terms of your housing contract, the cost of housing, and when deposits and expenses are owed on your housing while abroad
Ready to enroll in CFAR/IFAR insurance?  
Those who want to enroll in CFAR/IFAR insurance need to do so within 21 days of receiving a bill for a coverable expense. Typically, the earliest Ed Abroad coverable expense will be the program deposit, which is charged by CU Education Abroad after you commit to your program by signing your Participant Contract. However, you may occasionally have an earlier expense such as a deposit paid directly to your program or a housing application fee/deposit. To allow you the opportunity to enroll in CFAR/IFAR insurance and have the CU Boulder program deposit covered, Education Abroad will remind you of our recommendation to enroll in CFAR/IFAR insurance as soon as you are charged.

Still have questions? Click here to view CFAR/IFAR FAQs and contact with any additional questions.