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 Columbia University Student Health Insurance Plan. All students must log on to Confirm their enrollment before September 30

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


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

Any plan being considered for an exception to the requirement must meet all of the Columbia University waiver requirements.  All exemption requests are considered though no approval is guaranteed.  All determinations regarding exceptions are made by the Student Health Service Insurance Office at CUIMC 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 2nd Floor of Tower 2, 100 Haven Avenue. 


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