International Student Insurance Purchase Tips

Every fall, around 100,000 international students come to the United States in pursuit of higher education. 

Do international students need health insurance? You bet they do. As the cost of healthcare is extremely high in the U.S., most schools require that their students carry sufficient health insurance for international students in the USA. 

While shopping for international student insurance, it is important to consider the following tips:

  • Healthcare in foreign countries may be difficult to understand. If English is not your primary language, it may be even more difficult to decipher the complicated terms.
  • With that in mind, please view our guide section for many helpful articles. You may also view our glossary if you are uncertain of any specific terms.
  • Because each school determines its own minimum requirements for student medical insurance coverage, it is critical to first find out what those requirements are. Those requirements are often listed on the waiver form. You should not buy any insurance that fails to meet those requirements.
  • If you plan on participating in any sports or adventure activities, make certain that the student health insurance you purchase will cover those activities. Some international student insurance plans exclude intercollegiate, intramural, extreme, and club sports.
  • We understand that, as an international student, money may be tight. Look for insurance plans that provide the flexibility of monthly payments, as opposed to those where you must come up with large upfront payments.
  • Although some international student insurance plans offer highly attractive overall policy maximums and a low price, be very careful. They probably have severe sub-limits that are significantly lower than the actual cost of healthcare in the U.S., meaning you could have very high out-of-pocket costs for treatment.

    E.g., if you are covered for $1,000 per day for hospitalization and the actual cost is $2,000 per day (not uncommon), you will have to pay $1,000 per day out of your own pocket! Oftentimes, hospital stays are significantly more expensive than that.

    If you are covered for $3,000 for a surgery that costs $40,000, you will have to come up with $37,000.

    In addition, there may be other limitations to those plans, such as the number of days for which treatment or prescriptions may be covered. It is very important to educate yourself and select a plan that fits your specific needs AND your school's minimum requirements.

  • Coinsurance.

    Normally, coinsurance is designed to limit your out-of-pocket expenses.

    E.g., A good insurance plan may have a coinsurance similar to the following: After the deductible is met, the plan pays 80% up to $5,000, and then 100% to the policy maximum of $250,000.

    In this example, even if the expenses are $100,000, you will only pay the deductible plus $1,000 (20% of the $5000).

    However, if the coinsurance is like the following, your expenses could potentially be much higher:

    After the deductible is met, the plan pays 100% up to $30,000, and then 80% to the policy maximum of $250,000.

    In this example, with the expenses still at $100,000, after the deductible you would be responsible for 20% of $70,000 or $14,000.

    Therefore, it is extremely important to review the coinsurance very carefully and know what you're getting.

  • Compare

    How much is the insurance for international students? That depends upon the plan you choose. There are many international student insurance plans available in the U.S. market and not all are created the same.

    Be sure to compare international student insurance plans to ensure that the one you purchase is the plan most suitable to your needs and your school's requirements.

    Remember, you likely put a lot of thought and research into choosing the right college or university for you to study abroad. You should apply that same due diligence to selecting international student insurance coverage. 

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Visiting USA?

Healthcare costs are very high in the U.S.

Buy U.S. based visitors insurance and enjoy your trip.

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Traveling abroad?

Did you know that your insurance may not cover you abroad or that it may only provide limited coverage?

Purchase travel medical insurance that includes emergency medical evacuation.

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New immigrant to USA?

You are not eligible to enroll in Medicare for the first 5 years.

Purchase new immigrant medical insurance to bridge the gap.

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Going on a vacation?

You could lose your non-refundable trip costs if you had to cancel your trip.

Buy a trip cancellation insurance package plan and be worry-free.

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Are you an exchange visitor to USA?

The U.S. Department of State requires all J visa holders to purchase compliant insurance.

Buy J visa medical insurance to meet your requirements.

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Traveling to Europe?

Schengen countries require most non-US citizens to purchase Schengen visa insurance.

Make an instant purchase online and get instant visa letter.

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Traveling frequently throughout the year?

You don't need to purchase travel insurance for every trip.

Purchase annual multi trip travel insurance for your travels.

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International student in the U.S.?

Most schools require international students to purchase health insurance.

Purchase international student health insurance that meets most school requirements.

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