Mandatory International Student Insurance Policy

  • Health
  • Student - Undergraduate
Responsible Unit Center for Global Education and Engagement
Responsible Cabinet Member Provost and VP for Academic Affairs
Adoption Date 2008-07-21
Last Revision Date
Last Review Date

Policy Statement

All international students on visas are mandated to be covered under the SUNY international insurance program.

In order to be waived from this policy you will need to show proof of comparable coverage. Very few policies fulfill these requirements. If you have health insurance coverage, you may request that the insurance charge be waived by completing an electronic waiver by the deadline.


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Policy Procedures

Mandatory International Student Insurance 

In accordance with the State University of New York Board of Trustees Resolution passed in June 1985, health insurance is mandatory for all international students and scholars enrolled at SUNY campuses. Health insurance is also mandatory for all American students and scholars traveling abroad on approved SUNY academic programs and exchanges.

International students who have F-1, J-1 student, J-1 exchange/visitor, researcher and professor visas and other non-immigrant visa categories are required to enroll in the SUNY-mandated policy. Graduate assistants have their own insurance coverage as employees.

All international students are enrolled and charged for the insurance plan via their student bill. The insurance plan provides coverage from August to August. Students entering university during the spring or summer terms will be assessed premiums reflective of their entry in the insurance policy. Those entering during the spring semester will have coverage from January to August. Students entering university during the summer will have coverage from May to August.

Certain students may be exempt and/or may be able to waive out of the international student insurance policy if proof of comparable major medical coverage is provided to the student insurance coordinator’s office located in the Student Health Center.

Links to Related Procedures and Information

International Student Insurance Information

Contact Information

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History (in descending order)

Item Date Explanation
Next Review Date 2013-07-21 Five-year review
Adoption Date 2008-07-21 Policy Adopted
Draft Review Date   Draft Policy under 30-day Campus Review


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