Health Records & Insurance

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts requires all full-time or part-time international students to submit proof of immunization against the following communicable diseases: measles, mumps, rubella (MMR); tetanus (must be Tdap vaccine); hepatitis-B; (bacterial) meningitis; and varicella (read more about these requirements). Your health care provider can provide proof of vaccination against these diseases with dates of your immunizations or they can complete the Immunization Record Form, which will be available on December 15. This information must be received before you can complete your course registration.

If you are not in compliance with all Boston University Health Immunization requirements when you arrive on the Boston University campus, you have 7 days to obtain the necessary vaccination(s) or you will be considered out of status. You may obtain vaccinations (by scheduling an appointment in advance) at:

Student Health Services
881 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215
Phone: 617-353-3575

Medical Insurance

All international students enrolled during the summer are required to have medical insurance. Since many U.S. doctors and hospitals do not recognize out-of-country coverage, it is strongly recommended that international students participate in a qualifying medical insurance plan offered by Boston University. Students are not automatically enrolled in a medical insurance plan upon registration. International students should contact Student Accounting Services at 617-353-2870 or email insmed@bu.edu for information on how to obtain medical insurance. Two plan levels are available. Students who wish to also add their dependent spouse and/or children should contact insmed@bu.edu for instructions.

Summer 2018 Visiting International Student Medical Insurance Rates

(Summer 2019 rates will be available on December 15)

Dates of Enrollment Student Basic Student Plus
Summer 1 Plan
May 21 - June 30, 2018
$234.93 $323.08
Summer 2 Plan
July 1 - August 14, 2018
$257.85 $354.60
12-Week Session Plan
May 21 - August 14, 2018
$492.78 $677.68

Please note that the rates above apply only to visiting summer students. Boston University students continuing in the fall should contact Student Accounting Services for more information.

Student Health Services

Boston University Student Health Services, located at 881 Commonwealth Avenue is available for urgent care issues by appointment Monday through Friday from 8:30 am - 4:30 pm (opens 10 am on Thursdays). Visiting summer students are charged a fee of $25 for each visit, payable by cash, check, credit card, or charged to your student account. If you receive blood work or immunizations you will need to provide your insurance information or have charges billed to your student account.

If you have a non-urgent issue that requires routine care, Student Health will work with you to provide a referral based on your insurance.

In the case of an emergency, call 617-353-2121 on-campus to reach the Boston University Police or 911 off-campus. If you need medical advice on weekdays after closing hours or weekends, you can call 617-353-3575 to reach a nurse for advice or you may go to the closest urgent care center or emergency department.