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International Student Medical Insurance

Gallaudet University International Student Insurance

General Information

Gallaudet University, located in Washington, D.C., is a federally chartered private university for the deaf and hard of hearing. It opened in 1857 as a grammar school for deaf and blind children, but in 1864, President Abraham Lincoln signed a bill to authorize the institution to confer college degrees. It was founded by Edward Miner Gallaudet, son of Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet, the founder of the first school for the deaf in the nation. It was the first higher education institution for the deaf and hard of hearing, and even today, it’s the only one in the world to tailor all of its programs and services to accommodate this group. The university is officially bilingual, conducting classes in American Sign Language (ASL) and written English.

The first class of three students graduated in 1869, and their diplomas were signed by then-President Ulysses S. Grant. This began the school’s tradition of all graduates’ diplomas being signed by the sitting U.S. President. Today, the school enrolls almost 2,000 students and counting each year. The school colors are buff and blue, and its athletic nickname is the bison.

Campus History

Gallaudet was the site of the Deaf President Now university protest in 1988. The school had never been led by a deaf president, and when the Board of Trustees announced its appointment of a hearing person as the university’s seventh president over qualified deaf candidates, students, alumni, staff, and faculty led a weeklong protest. They barricaded gates, burned effigies of the chair of the Board of Trustees and the appointed president, and gave interviews to the press. Other supporters of the cause included then-Vice President George H.W. Bush and several U.S. Senators. The protest ended a week later when the appointed president resigned and I. King Jordan, the deaf Dean of the Colleges of Arts and Sciences, was appointed as the university president.

On Campus

The campus is also home to Kendall Demonstration Elementary School, which serves deaf and hard of hearing students from birth through eighth grade, and the Model Secondary School for the Deaf, which serves students in grades 9–12.

Notable Alumni

Notable Gallaudet University alumni include actresses Linda Gove and Marlee Matlin; actors Bernard Bragg and Nyle DiMarco; Gallaudet University presidents I. King Jordan and Robert R. Davila; and poet Ella Mae Lentz.

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Gallaudet University International Student Insurance Requirements

Exchange Visitors

J-1 exchange visitors and their J-2 dependents are required to have health insurance for the duration of the J-1 program. At minimum, the coverage must include medical benefits of at least $50,000, repatriation of remains in the amount of $7,500, and medical evacuation in the amount of $10,000.

International Students

Gallaudet University requires all full-time students to carry medical insurance. Part-time students can choose to purchase coverage, but it is not required. Students can purchase insurance from the university plan, a family policy, Medicare, Medicaid, or individual coverage provided online or through a local insurance broker. If students have insurance other than the Gallaudet plan, the must waive the plan to avoid being charged the annual health insurance fee.

Please contact our office if you would like more information. This information may be subject to change based on a health insurance waiver or compliance form. 

J Visa Insurance Plans

Patriot Exchange Program

Student Health Advantage Standard

Student Health Advantage Platinum

Study USA - Healthcare Standard

Study USA - Healthcare Preferred

Study USA - Healthcare Platinum

Patriot America Platinum

F Visa Insurance Plans

This school does not allow to purchase outside insurance or no insurance plans available that meet the school requirements.

DISCLAIMER: The school requirements are accurate as of the time of analysis. It is possible that the school requirements have changed since they were reviewed and matched with insurance plans meeting the requirements. It is your responsibility to ensure that the latest requirements are still met by the insurance product you purchase. We are not affiliated with the schools listed here and these insurance plans are not endorsed by your school.

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