Visiting Scholar Health Insurance

All visiting scholars at Northwestern University are required to maintain adequate health insurance coverage as a condition of their approved stay. To facilitate University compliance, the Office of Risk Management has established minimum health insurance requirements for international scholars and their dependents, and for visiting personnel.

Coverage that meets these requirements is offered through the Visiting Scholar Health Insurance Plan. The University self-insures the Plan and the Office of Risk Management provides program and claims administration.

Participation in the Visiting Scholar Health Insurance Plan is mandatory for international and visiting scholars unless evidence of comparable coverage is presented, and a waiver is filed and approved by the Office of Risk Management. It is the responsibility of the host department to make sure all incoming visitors are adequately insured.

  • Plan Information: Overview of policy including benefits, rates, preferred providers, prescription drugs and claims procedure.
  • Eligibility: Eligibility information for visitors, international scholars, dependents and research staff.
  • Enrollment Process: Enrollment process for individuals and dependents, and what to do in the event of visa-processing delays.
  • Billing, Cancellations & Refunds: Information regarding billing procedure, cancellations and refunds.
  • Waiver Process: Requirements and procedures to opt out of plan, and information on visa extension requests for benefits-eligible employees
  • FAQ & Health Insurance Glossary: Answers to commonly asked questions and definitions of insurance terms.
  • Forms: Visiting Scholar forms.