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International Students

Welcome international students.

Health care services may look slightly or significantly different in a new country. At times, this may be challenging or uncomfortable. At SHS, we are intentional about our commitment to diversity and hope that your interaction with us will deepen your understanding of health care in the US.

Health Insurance

Navigating the US Health Care System can be complex.  To help ensure that international students have access to the highest quality of care on- and off-campus, Columbia University requires all international students to enroll in the Columbia Student Health Insurance Plan.

All international students, regardless of the number of enrolled credits, will be enrolled in the Gold level of the plan with the option to upgrade to the Platinum plan before the published enrollment deadline.

On a case-by-case basis, international students may be considered for an exemption to this requirement when covered by a US-based group health insurance plan.  Examples of what will be considered as an exemption for international students are:

New York State Medicaid

US-based, employer-sponsored, ACA-Compliant group plan

Any plan being considered for an exemption to the requirement must meet all of the Columbia Univeristy waiver requirements.  All exemption requests are considered though no approval is guaranteed.  All determinations regarding exemptions are made by the Student Health Service Insurance Office at CUMC shall be considered final.

You are encouraged to contact the Student Health Insurance Team with any questions.  They can be reached via, 212-305-3206, or by visiting the office on the 3rd Floor, Suites 3D and 3E, of 60 Haven Avenue.


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