Health Services

Information for International Students

Health care in the United States is probably very different from health care in your own country. The United States has no national health program, and health care is very expensive. Students are required to enroll in the Student Health Insurance Program unless they can show proof of comparable coverage. The state of Massachusetts does not allow international students who have insurance coverage from their home country to waive participation in student health insurance plan.

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You are required to have health insurance to cover health care, such as preventative care, emergency treatment, hospital stays or visits to a specialist, x-rays, prescription medicine or laboratory tests. This health insurance will protect you from economic hardship if you have sudden expenses for medical care. Health care is extremely expensive in the United States.

International students will need a new prescription from a U.S. doctor or nurse practitioner in order to purchase medication in the U.S. Some medications available in your home country may not be available in the U.S. You will be required to make an appointment to see a provider at the Health Service to have prescriptions refilled. Please bring a one month supply of any prescription medicines with you.

All students must be immunized in accordance with Massachusetts state law. If you cannot get certain immunizations in your country, please explain this situation when you return your immunization forms. You will not be allowed to register for classes until you are properly immunized according to state law. See the where to get vaccinations for the current schedule of immunization clinics. Please note there will be a charge.