Health Records & Medical Insurance


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts requires all full- or part-time international students who study on campus to submit proof of immunization against the following communicable diseases: measles, mumps, rubella (MMR); tetanus (must be Tdap vaccine); hepatitis B; (bacterial) meningitis; varicella; and tuberculosis, depending on country of origin.

Your healthcare provider can supply proof of vaccination against these diseases with dates of your immunizations or they can complete the Immunization Record Form. This information must be received before you can complete your course registration. Note that immunization records are not required for visiting international students who choose the remote-only learning option and will not be traveling to the US. 

If you are not in compliance with all Boston University immunization requirements when you arrive on the BU campus, you will have seven days to obtain the necessary vaccination(s) or you will be considered noncompliant. 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, and are automatically enrolled in and charged for Boston University’s Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) as part of their registration. Students may waive enrollment in the 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.

Two levels of individual coverage are available, Basic and Plus. Students are charged at the Basic level with their registration and may request Plus coverage by emailing insmed@bu.edu at least two weeks prior to the start of their summer courses.

Boston University’s Student Health Insurance Plan rates are below. Students who register for the Summer 1 session or for both the Summer 1 and Summer 2 sessions will be charged for the full summer coverage period of May 23–August 14, at a rate of $642. Students who will only be attending the Summer 1 session should email insmed@bu.edu prior to the end of their Summer 1 course to request the Summer 1 only coverage period of May 23–July 3, at a rate of $321. Students who register for just the Summer 2 session will be charged for the Summer 2 coverage period listed below.

Coverage for both the Summer 1 and Summer 2 sessions: May 23–August 14, 2021
Basic level: $642 Plus level: $856
Coverage for the Summer 1 session only: May 23–July 3, 2021
Basic level: $321 Plus level: $428
Coverage for the Summer 2 session only: July 4–August 14, 2021
Basic level: $321 Plus level: $428

Student Health Services

BU Student Health Services, located at 881 Commonwealth Avenue, is available for urgent care issues by appointment, Monday through Friday, from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm (opens at 10 am on Thursdays). Visiting summer students who are not enrolled in BU’s Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) are charged a fee of $25 for each visit, charged to your student account. Students who receive blood work or immunizations will need to provide insurance information or have charges billed to their student account.

Student Health Services will provide a referral to visiting international students with a non-urgent issue.

In the case of an emergency, students should call 617-353-2121 on campus to reach the BU Police Department emergency line or 911 off campus. If you experience a medical emergency or crisis on weekdays after closing hours or on weekends, you may call 617-353-3575 and follow the prompts to be connected with the appropriate healthcare provider or you may go to the closest urgent care center or emergency department.

Any student who experiences a sexual assault or crisis should first call 617-353-7277 to speak with a counselor.

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