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Medical Care, Immunization, and Health Insurance

Student Health Services
Boston University offers exceptional medical and wellness care to all full-time students at their on-campus facility.  From coughs and colds to asthma and acne, they have a staff of expert clinicians to meet your medical needs in a caring and confidential environment. Medical services include gynecological care, men's health care, sports medicine, minor office procedures, referrals to specialists and massage therapy. Wellness & Prevention Services support your well-being with resources and up-to-date information on topics such as stress relief, nutrition, smoking cessation, and much more. All students pay a mandatory fees (which are separate from any medical insurance fees) so they can take full advantage of medical care and support services throughout their academic program.

Visit Student Health Services for detailed information and to make an appointment.

Student Immunization and Health Forms

Massachusetts state law requires that all students be immunized (vaccinated) against certain communicable diseases.  There are several policies and procedures that you must follow to comply with immunization requirements at Boston University, which includes submitting the completed Incoming Student Health Forms before you arrive on campus.  If students do not receive the required immunizations and submit the necessary forms before they arrive on campus, there may be serious consequences, such as not being allowed to attend classes. 

For more information on the immunization requirements, please visit Student Health Services.

Medical Insurance Coverage
Massachusetts state and federal law requires all international students to enroll in a health insurance plan that meets strict minimum requirements. There is no socialized or national system of health care in the United States and medical treatment is extremely expensive, so it is important that you have appropriate medical insurance coverage. Fortunately, all Boston University students are automatically enrolled each year in the Boston University Student Medical Insurance Plan administered by Aetna Student Health. The BU Student Medical Insurance Plan was designed for your safety and well-being. You will be charged for the basic medical insurance plan on your tuition bill.

If you already have comprehensive medical insurance coverage from another source (for example, through a company that sponsors your study in the United States), you may request a "waiver" of this fee and un-enroll in the Boston University Student Medical Insurance Plan by completing a form and providing proof of comparable insurance to the Student Accounting Services Office. Please note, however, that your insurance plan must meet strict requirements in order for you to qualify for the waiver. With very few exceptions, state law prohibits Boston University from accepting coverage by an insurance company outside the United States. Before enrolling for coverage or renewing coverage in an insurance plan other than Boston University's student health plan, check with Student Accounting Services to determine if it meets the waiver requirements.

Please visit Student Accounting Services Medical Insurance for more information regarding:

  • Waiver forms and deadlines
  • Comparable Medical Insurance requirements
  • Student Plus plan
  • Purchasing medical insurance coverage for dependent family members 

Please visit Aetna Student Health to:

  • Read detailed information about the Boston University Student Medical Insurance Plan
  • Print a copy of your medical insurance card

Boston University
March 19, 2013

Boston University International Students & Scholars Office