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Health Insurance and Immunization Requirements

International Students are required by law to carry health insurance. There are no exceptions to this rule. Please plan to budget for health insurance when you come to UMBC.  Health Insurance costs are included in the amount required when you provide proof of funding to get your I-20. UMBC automatically enrolls all international students in our comprehensive Health Care plan.  Other US health care plans may be used but must meet certain standards. For more information on the coverage please visit the University Health Services (UHS) website at

Please note, health insurances from other countries may NOT be used!


Health Insurance Waivers

All UMBC F-1 visa students will be automatically enrolled in UMBC’s student health plan, and will be automatically billed accordingly.  If you have your own comparable insurance, you will need to work with UHS to get an exemption by completing a waiver form. Please visit their website for more information:


UMBC Immunization Requirements

UMBC requires all new students to prove they have had certain immunizations, to prevent the spread of dangerous diseases.  If you have not had the required immunizations or do not have a record of this in English, you can receive the immunizations again once you arrive at UMBC.  The UMBC Health Insurance plan covers most of the expense associated with the immunizations. For the complete list of requirements, and to access the form that all students must submit, please click here.  Please note, students that have not submitted the required form will be blocked from registering for their second semester of classes.


US Health Care System

The health care system in the United States is quite complex. The U.S. Government does not provide health care for everyone as health care in the United States is privatized. Please view the following video for a brief overview of health care in the United States.