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How can we work together to promote better cultural understanding worldwide?

Qais Akbar Omar (GRS’16), a graduate student in the Creative Writing Program, has published a much-praised memoir, A Fort of Nine Towers: An Afghan Family Story. He recalls how the violence and tumult of civil war jolted his family, who, despite losing relatives, their home, and possessions, continued to nurture his wish to attend a university.

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Medical Insurance

A full fellowship provides coverage for your participation in the BU Basic Student Health Insurance Plan.   If you choose to enroll in the PLUS plan, you will be responsible for the cost of that plan that is above the cost of the Basic insurance.  For information on the Boston University Student Medical Insurance plans, please visit Student Accounting Services.

Medical insurance credits are awarded on a semester basis; if you have a full fellowship for the year, you will receive a credit in the Fall and a credit in the Spring.  The full cost of the annual plan will appear on your Fall account.  Therefore, this will leave a balance on your Fall account for half of the plan’s cost.  As long as you are receiving a Spring insurance credit, and you have no other outstanding charges on your account, you may carry the balance for your medical insurance plan until the Spring semester credit is awarded.

Weekly salaried graduate students, earning at least $5,000 in a semester, are eligible for a medical insurance credit in that semester. To qualify for full coverage of the annual Basic plan, or both insurance credits, you must earn at least $5,000 per semester for the academic year.

You may contact Student Accounting Services.  Ellen Millman ( is the main contact at SAS for questions related to medical insurance.

You’ll need to waive the plan through Student Accounting Services; please be aware of the deadlines to do so.   Please visit the Student Accounting Services page  for more information.