Student Health Requirements
Northwestern students who are enrolled full time or half time in on-campus programs must meet Univeristy and State of Illinois immunization requirements no later than 30 days after their first term begins. Requirements differ based on program and the student's country of origin.
- Identify your required immunizations and find your immunization form here.
- Gather proof of your immunizations. Make sure the documents include your name.
- Visit https://www-healthy.nuhs.northwestern.edu/login_directory.aspx.
- Enter your 7-digit student ID number
- Select "Immunization Upload" from the list on the left to upload your proof of immunization and your completed program form.
- Check your Northwestern email address for notification of any deficiencies and for confirmation that you’ve met the requirement.
Deadlines by term
Program Type and Term Start
|Fall – Quarter, Semester, and Medical programs (MD, PT and Genetic Counseling)||July 1|
|Winter - Quarter||December 1|
|Spring - Quarter or Semester||March 15|
|Summer - Quarter or Semester||May 1|
|Transfer students/ off-cycle admits||30 days after acceptance|
Penalties for non-compliance
If you have questions concerning the Student Immunization Form, immunization requirements, immunizations, or related issues, please review the Immunization Requirement Frequently Asked Questions. You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org or call at 847-491-2117.
COVID-19 Vaccine & Testing
Northwestern requires the COVID-19 vaccination for all students (including exchange and visiting students) in on-campus programs.
Northwestern University requires COVID-19 vaccination for all faculty, staff, and students who will work or participate in programs on-campus.
Limited exceptions are available. Students must submit proof of your vaccination or request an exception to register for classes or continue working at Northwestern. Read more on the COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement.
All students must complete the COVID-19 Vaccination Disclosure Form to register for classes. The COVID-19 Vaccination Disclosure Form will allow you either to report your vaccination status or to request an exception to the vaccination requirement due to a personal health condition, religious beliefs, access issues, or other personal reasons.
New international students having issues obtaining access to an FDA/WHO-approved vaccine in your home country, please submit an exception request in the “Access” category so you can register for classes upon arrival to campus. All students, regardless of vaccination status, are required to comply with Northwestern’s COVID-19 safety protocols.
To access the Student Vaccination Disclosure Form, you will need to login with your secure Northwestern NetID and username to access the form.
Students should familiarize themselves with Northwestern’s current COVID-19 testing requirements and protocols prior to arrival to Northwestern.
See COVID-19 FAQs for International Students & Scholars for the latest updates regarding COVID-19 and university requirements and protocols.
Student Health Insurance
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.
International students are 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. Login to CAESAR to confirm your NU-SHIP enrollment. Please review the screenshot guide for assistance on how to confirm your enrollment.
Penalties for not fulfilling health requirements include a hold on subsequent registration and a non-refundable $100 late fee.
The NU-SHIP premium will be billed to your student account following your tuition posting.
Student Health Insurance ID Card
Download/print your Student Health Insurance ID Card: It typically takes five business days from when you confirm online in CAESAR or submit a manual enrollment form to the Student Insurance Office, for Aetna to generate your ID card. Please visit www.aetnastudenthealth.com/northwestern, and click on the “Get Your ID Card” to download a copy of your ID card.
Student Health Insurance Documents and FAQs
- 2022-23 NU-SHIP Pamphlet
- 2022-23 NU-SHIP Plan Design & Benefits Summary
- 2022-23 NU-SHIP Summary of Benefits & Coverage
- Student Health Insurance FAQS
For more information, please visit the NU Student Health Insurance website or email questions to email@example.com.