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Health Insurance

The US government and the state of Massachusetts requires all international students to have health insurance from a U.S. company. Foreign health insurance policies are not considered to be comparable and therefore are not acceptable. You will automatically be billed for the health insurance policy which is offered to students through Boston College (see University Health Services website for information about the BC health insurance). Do not enroll in a foreign health insurance plan, as you will then have duplicate coverage and will not be able to receive a refund.

Attention International Students: In order to insure international students are covered by a plan that provides coverage which meets or exceeds the Student Health Insurance Plan, international students are not eligible to waive BC’s Student Health Insurance Plan. If you are insured through a parent/guardian’s health insurance plan offered through a U.S. employer, or a government sponsored program, (for example Government of Kuwait/UAE or Government of Saudi Arabia) with coverage that meets or exceeds BC’s student health insurance plan you might be eligible to waive coverage. Please contact Student Services at for more information or visit the Student Services website for more information.

Boston College Health Insurance Student Plan

For information about the BC health plan, refer to the 2015-2016 Blue Cross Blue Shield Student Blue Plan Summary of Benefits  

J-1 exchange visitor students only:

The Department of State requires that all J-1 exchange visitor students and their dependents obtain health insurance for the duration of their program which meets the minimum criteria as is described in the enclosed handout. The Boston College student health insurance plan, administered through Blue Cross Blue Shield, meets these minimum requirements. Students will automatically be enrolled and billed for the Boston College medical insurance at their time of registration. Insured students have the option of enrolling their eligible dependents. You may download the form from You may also enroll dependents online at the Gallagher and Koster website.  

Any J-1 exchange visitor who fails to maintain the insurance coverage, or makes a material misrepresentation to Boston College concerning such coverage, will be in violation of his/her immigration status and subject to termination as a J-1.

Incoming Student Health Forms

Massachusetts law requires all full-time students to have proof of immunizations against measles, mumps, rubella, tetanus and diphtheria. Undergraduate students will also have to show proof of Hepatitis B immunization. In order to show proof of vaccinations, incoming students must submit health history and immunization forms.

Failure to submit your forms will result in a hold on your register for the next semester and an administrative fee of $65 will be charged to your student account. Forms can be downloaded from the Health Services website.

Download forms for Medical Pre-entrance, Immunizations, Health History and Medical Record Releases.