Heatlh Insurance for International Students
International students on F-1 visas are required to maintain a sufficient health insurance policy throughout their time at Ohio Dominican University. The Office of International Education automatically enrolls all F-1 visa holders, as well as any F-2 dependents, in a university-approved health insurance plan at the start of each term. Students are responsible for the cost of this coverage, which will be added to their student bills.
Healthcare in the United States
Healthcare in the United States is very expensive without health insurance. Routine doctor visits and medications carry a high price tag, and visits to the emergency room or a hospital stay can cost thousands or tens of thousands of dollars. To avoid running into prohibitively expensive bills, it is important to carry a decent health insurance policy while studying in the United States.
Insurance plans are not universally accepted by all healthcare providers. Before seeking care, check with your insurance company to find a preferred provider.
ODU Health Insurance
The policy selected by ODU is designed specifically for F-1 visa holders. Students are enrolled at the start of each semester for the following coverage periods:
- Fall: August – December (5 months)
- Spring: January – July (7 months)
The cost of coverage is determined by the insurance provider based on the student’s age. Students will see a larger charge on their Spring bill due to the longer coverage period.
Health Insurance Waiver
Students may request to opt out of the university’s selected health insurance program if they already have sufficient coverage. If you wish to opt out, you must submit the Health Insurance Waiver Form before the deadline each semester.