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International Students

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.

Annually, the Student Health Insurance Policy Committee reviews health insurance requirements for Northwestern students. Northwestern currently requires international students to be covered on the Northwestern Student Health Insurance Plan, and that requirement is in place for the 2021-22 academic year.

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.