Health Requirements

Incoming Health Requirements

Massachusetts state law requires that all Boston University students have proof of immunizations and medical insurance that meets benefit levels mandated by the state.

Please refer to BU Student Health Services’ CELOP health requirements page for the most up-to-date Immunization and Physical Form and information regarding medical insurance and immunizations.

For help uploading your Immunization and Physical Form to Patient Connect, please see below.

Waiving the BU Student Health Insurance Plan

Full-Time Programs

The Boston University Student BASIC Plan can be waived in very few cases. Please read the Comparable Coverage Checklist for details to determine if you have a comparable level of health insurance coverage. Your waiver will only be approved if it meets the criteria on the Comparable Coverage Checklist. To submit an insurance waiver, please see “Instructions for Waiving BU Student Health Insurance” below.

The fees for the BU Student Health Insurance Plan will stay on your account if you do not submit the online waiver by the waiver deadline or if your insurance plan is denied by the BU Student Accounting Office. Please contact CELOP at celop@bu.edu for the specific waiver deadline date of your program.

If you have questions about the BU Student Health Insurance Plan, please email insmed@bu.edu and include your full name and BU ID number in your email.

Part-Time Programs

Fall or Spring Semester: (Part-time Programs)

Accepted Part-Time students who are international and studying in the fall or spring are also automatically charged for BU Student Health Insurance Plan, SHIP.

F1, F2, J1, J2 Visa holders
Registered Part-Time 12-week Students on F1, F2, J1, J2 Visas can waive SHIP if they have comparable medical insurance. Please read the Comparable Coverage Checklist  for details to determine if you have a comparable level of health insurance coverage. Your waiver will only be approved if it meets the criteria on the Comparable Coverage Checklist. To submit an insurance waiver, please see “Instructions for Waiving BU Student Health Insurance” below.

The fees for the BU Student Health Insurance Plan will stay on your account if you do not submit the online waiver by the waiver deadline or if your insurance plan is denied by the BU Student Accounting Office. Please contact CELOP at celop@bu.edu for the specific waiver deadline date of your program.

Students on other visas (i.e. B1/B2, ESTA, or other)
Registered Part-Time 12-week students not on F1, F2, J1, J2 Visas (i.e. B1/B2, ESTA, or other) can decline SHIP without comparable insurance by sending an email to insmed@bu.edu. explaining your immigration status and requesting to decline SHIP by the first week of the program.

US Citizens and Permanent Residents
US Citizens and Permanent Residents who are registered only for the part-time CELOP program are NOT eligible to enroll in SHIP.  If your student account has been assessed for student insurance for that session, contact insmed@bu.edu to clarify your immigration status.

Summer Session (Part-time Programs)

Part-Time students registering for Summer session only are NOT automatically charged for BU Student Health Insurance Plan, SHIP.

New international part-time students enrolling during the summer who are not covered under a comparable health insurance plan may request health insurance by contacting insmed@bu.edu by the first week of the Summer session. 

US Citizens and Permanent Resident who are registered only for the part-time CELOP program are NOT eligible to enroll in SHIP.

Accepted Students enrolling in part-time programs other than our standard 12-week programs can email celop@bu.edu for program specific policies.

 If you have questions about the BU Student Health Insurance Plan, please email insmed@bu.edu and include your full name and BU ID number in your email.

Fall Semester ONLY Adjustment

Accepted Fall Semester 12-week students who are enrolled in BU medical insurance are charged for a full year of medical insurance, Fall Semester through Summer Semester, September to August. Students can adjust their medical insurance to cover Fall semester ONLY by completing and submitting a paper form available at the CELOP Front Desk.

New Spring and Summer 12-Week program students who are enrolled in BU medical insurance are covered for Spring and Summer Semester, January to August. There is no Spring ONLY or Summer ONLY adjustment available.

If you have questions about medical insurance adjustment, please email insmed@bu.edu and include your full name and BU ID number in your email.

BU Student Health Insurance Plan Card

If you are enrolled in the BU Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP), you can access and print out your insurance ID card on Aetna’s website.

Click “Get your ID card”, enter your BUID Number (UXXXXXXXX) and date of birth. Then, click submit. You will see the digital copy of your BU Student Health Insurance Plan Card.

If you want to print it out, click the “Print Card” Button.

 

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