Summer Term Student Health Insurance Requirement
(Applies to all Summer international students enrolled in campus-based programs. It does not apply to Distance Education (online only) programs. Distance Education student are not eligible for BU SHIP.)
All international students registered for Summer Term 2023 are required to have medical insurance, and are automatically charged for and enrolled in Boston University’s Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) as part of their registration*. Students may waive enrollment in SHIP if they are enrolled in a comparable US-based insurance plan. More information regarding the SHIP waiver requirement can be found on the Student Health Services website.
The Summer 2023 Student Insurance Waiver form can be downloaded here.
*NOTE: Summer High School Program participants are not assessed automatically for SHIP. Summer High School Program participants who wish to enroll in BU SHIP for the duration of their Summer High School program should contact us at email@example.com for rates and instructions, at least three weeks before the start of their program.
International students who register for the Summer 1 session or for both the Summer 1 and Summer 2 sessions are charged for enrollment in the Student Basic Plan for the full Summer coverage period of May 21–August 14, at a rate of $762 (Summer Twelve week rate). (New Summer CELOP students: Refer to CELOP’s website for the SHIP rates and dates for your CELOP program)
Summer only international students who attend the Summer 1 session only may contact Student Accounting Services at firstname.lastname@example.org prior to the end of their Summer 1 studies to request to change from the Summer twelve week coverage period to the Summer 1 only six week coverage period of May 21-July 2. See Summer 1 Six Week plan rates below.
Summer only international students who register for just the Summer 2 session are charged for enrollment in the Student Basic Plan for the Summer 2 coverage period of July 3-August 14, at rate of $381 (Summer 2 Six week rate). (New Summer CELOP students should refer to CELOP’s website for the rates and dates for their CELOP program
BU Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) Rates for Summer Term 2023**
Summer Twelve week plan:
Coverage for both the Summer 1 and Summer 2 sessions: May 21–August 14, 2023***
Basic level: $762 Plus level: $1,018
Summer 1 Six week plan:
Coverage for the Summer 1 session only: May 21–July 2, 2023
Basic level: $381 Plus level: $509
Summer 2 Six week plan:
Coverage for the Summer 2 session only: July 3–August 14, 2023***
Basic level: $381 Plus level: $509
***NOTE: August 14, 2023 is the final day of the 2022/2023 SHIP year. Students enrolled in standard Summer twelve week and standard Summer 2 six week courses that end after August 14, 2023, who will not be registering for the Fall 2023 semester, will have the opportunity to enroll in additional short term coverage under the 2023/2024 SHIP year, which begins on August 15, 2023. The exact coverage dates and rates for this optional short term plan will be available in April 2023.
Standard Summer 2023 twelve week courses have session dates between Tuesday, May 23, 2023, and Tuesday, August 15, 2023.
Standard Summer session 2, 2023, six week courses have session dates between Wednesday, July 5, 2023, and Tuesday, August 15, 2023. The optional short term coverage will be available to those Summer only students whose Summer classes end August 15, 2023, or later.
If you enrolled in an ACA compliant health insurance plan that meets all of the elements of the Comparable Coverage Checklist, you may apply for a waiver of the Summer Student Health Insurance Plan charge. Please download and follow the instructions to complete and submit the Summer 2023 SHIP waiver, and include a copy of the front and back of your health insurance card with the completed form.
International students assessed for SHIP with their Summer 1, 2023 registration: Deadline to submit insurance waiver: June 4
International students assessed for SHIP with their Summer 2, 2023 registration: Deadline to submit insurance waiver: July 17
New Summer CELOP students: Deadline to submit insurance waiver- First week of class.
Requesting Enrollment in SHIP:
The Boston University Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) is offered at two plan levels, Student Basic, an ACA Gold level plan, and Student Plus, an ACA Platinum level plan.
New Summer International students: If you wish to change from the Student Basic level to the Student Plus level, please send your request to email@example.com at least 1 week before your program start date. Plan levels cannot be changed after June 4 for students beginning in Summer 1, and July 17 for students beginning in Summer 2.
NOTE: Students must be enrolled at the Plus level to add eligible dependents. If you wish to include eligible dependents, you must elect the Student Plus plan and also include the Summer 2023 Dependent Enrollment Application (available March 2023) with your request to change your Summer coverage level from Student Basic to Student Plus. The insurance rates for dependent coverage are included on the form.
** New Summer CELOP students should refer to CELOP’s website for rates and dates for their program.
To compare the Student BASIC and Student PLUS plan features, please visit the Student Health Services website and select “Plan Documents and Other Resources.”
SHIP is administered by Aetna Student Health. For a detailed description of the plan benefits, provisions, and exclusions, visit the Aetna Student Health website.
Degree seeking domestic students whose first semester of registration is either Summer 1 2023 or Summer 2 2023 may request enrollment in SHIP for the summer period by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, at least 1 week before their program start date. For more information, please visit our Add Insurance page.