Insurance Requirements for International Students

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Northwestern University requires all degree-seeking international students – students holding a J-1 or F-1 U.S. visa – to confirm their annual Northwestern University Student Health Insurance Plan (NU-SHIP) enrollment, and maintain coverage in the NU-SHIP, for the entire time they are studying at Northwestern.

All degree-seeking students are defaulted each year into the NU-SHIP.

International students are strongly encouraged to confirm their NU-SHIP enrollment as soon as possible in the open enrollment period – July 1 through Oct. 1 (for most students) – to ensure they have access to plan benefits and services as soon as the plan year begins on Sept. 1.