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International F-1 Visa Students

All International F-1 Visa students are required to enroll in the University-sponsored health insurance plan each year in attendance, regardless of credit load.  This policy in place to protect you in the event of an unexpected serious illness or injury.  Students who are not covered by a domestic insurance plan may not be able to receive local, quality health care at a low cost.  Treatment, doctor visit, and prescription medication that have to be paid out of pocket, impose a severe financial hardship on students.  By enrolling in a high quality insurance plan, you will have access to local health care from legitimate providers with minimal financial stress.

USciences Student Health and Counseling (SHAC), in partnership with First Risk Advisors and United HealthCare, is pleased to be able to offer students an affordable, high-quality student health insurance plan.  Services and benefits include:

  • Prescription benefits
  • Low co-pays
  • Coverage for physicals
  • Global Emergency Assistance
  • Mental and Substance Abuse services
  • 24x7 Nurse Helpline

Students who enter the country with a pre-purchased student travel insurance plan or other insurance-related product will still be required to enroll mandatorily in the University-sponsored health insurance plan; please incorporate the cost into your financial planning for each semester of attendance.  The University-sponsored insurance premium ($1,559) will be billed to your student account, in full, at the close of the "Drop/Add" period in the Spring.  International students are automatically enrolled in the University-sponsored plan on September 5, 2014. 

Please note that all International students seeking F-1 visa status must submit a Certification of Finances.  The certification of finances, required for authorization of the I-20 form, gives University of the Sciences accurate information about the funds available to its International students.  Government regulations and economic conditions have made verifying the financial resources of incoming International students essential.

Any student who is sponsored by their government is eligible to request an exemption from the University-sponsored plan by submitting to the Insurance Coordinator the following materials: exemption request form, insurance member ID or letter from Embassy and summary of benefits.

Although United HealthCare offers comprehensive coverage, you are encouraged to make SHAC your first destination for high-quality, on-campus physical and behavioral healthcare, including consultation, treatment, and specialty referral. At SHAC:

  • Services are free
  • Staff are accustomed to working with International students
  • Staff are aware of cultural considerations
  • Staff can offer a referral for serious illness or injury
  • Student Health works hand in hand with Student Counseling services


Ms. Alicia C. Miller, BA
Health Information Data Analyst
(P) 215-596-8536
(F) 215-596-7576

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