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Student Health Requirements

Immunization Requirements

All international students at Northwestern are required to meet Northwestern University immunization requirements. This includes submitting the Student Immunization Form and proof of immunizations as required by the State of Illinois. 

Your Requirements

To ensure that you complete the appropriate form and supply the correct immunizations, select the category below that best describes your program: 

Students arriving from other countries in need of a TB test and/or a chest X-Ray as determined by the TB self-screening in the Student Immunization Form have 30 days after the start of classes to complete the process without incurring a penalty. Please call the Health Service/Evanston at 847-491-2204 to schedule an appointment after arriving on campus. 

Penalties

Penalties for not fulfilling the immunization requirements include a hold on subsequent registration and a non-refundable $100 late fee. PENALTIES ARE NEVER ASSESSED PRIOR TO THE START OF CLASSES. See the Requirement Deadlines page for more information. 

Questions?

If you have questions concerning the Student Immunization Form, immunization requirements, immunizations, or related issues, please review the Immunization Requirement Frequently Asked Questions, or call Health Information Management Services of the Evanston Campus Health Service at 847-491-2203, or send an email message to hims@northwestern.edu.

COVID-19 Vaccine & Testing

Northwestern requires the COVID-19 vaccination for all students (including exchange and visiting students) in on-campus programs.  All students—regardless of their vaccination status—are required to complete entry testing when they arrive in Evanston or Chicago.

 

Vaccination Requirement

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. 

 

COVID Testing

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.

 

Masking

As the health landscape on campus and in surrounding communities continues to improve, Northwestern will lift its masking requirement in classrooms, lab-based classes and other instructional spaces, effective with the start of Spring Quarter on Tuesday, March 29, 2022.

While masking will no longer be required in most spaces, the University strongly recommends masking in areas where distancing is not possible.

Read the full March 15, 2022 university announcement: Revised classroom masking guidance to begin Spring Quarter

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. 

Enrollment Details

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. 

Questions?