Boston College is committed to helping students meet their healthcare needs. Univeristy Health Services, University Counseling Services, and the Office of Health Promotion all provide a variety of on-campus services while you are enrolled at the university, and can provide referrals to off-campus services if necessary.
Incoming Student Health Forms
Massachusetts law requires all full-time students to provide proof of immunization against a variety of communicable diseases. All immunization forms should be submitted to Health Services PRIOR to the start of classes. Failure to submit your forms will result in a hold on student account, affect your ability to register for the next semester, and result in an administrative fee of $65. Forms are available through the University Health Services website.For more information about immunization requirements, please contact University Health Services.
Health Insurance for F-1 Students
The U.S. government and the State of Massachusetts require all international students to have health insurance from a U.S.-based company. Foreign health insurance policies are not considered to be comparable and therefore are not acceptable. Students will automatically be billed for the Boston College student health insurance plan. Information about the BC health insurance plan is available on the Office of Student Services website. In order to ensure 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 Boston College Student 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.
Note: 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 may be eligible to waive coverage. Please contact Student Services or visit the Student Services website for more information.
Health Insurance for J-1 Exchange Visitor Students
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 certain minimum criteria. 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 using forms available on the Student Services website. 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 or her immigration status and subject to termination as a J-1 exchange visitor.