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Health Care and Insurance

Health Insurance

Did You Know?

Students needing care can go to Boynton Health, the UMN's on-campus clinic.

Boynton's services include primary care, dental, eye, massage, mental health, nutrition, pharmacy, physical therapy, women's, immunization, and urgent care.

Medical expenses in the United States are extremely high­. In fact, one day in the hospital in the U.S. can cost well over $10,000, even for routine care. Because of this, it is very important to understand your health insurance and where to go for health care.

All international students (and their dependents) must purchase the University-sponsored Student Health Benefit Plan (SHBP) unless they are eligible for a waiver. International students will automatically be enrolled in the SHBP after your documents are validated during Immigration Check-In.

Students holding a qualifying graduate assistantship will be eligible to enroll in the Graduate Assistantship Plan as an alternative to the SHBP as an alternative to the SHBP.

Do not purchase alternative insurance from a private insurance company for yourself or your dependents.

Questions about the SHBP or the Graduate Assistant Health Plan can be emailed to umshbo@umn.edu and you can also find additional information on the website for the Office of Student Health Benefits.

Pre-Existing Conditions

The University's health insurance plans cover any pre-existing conditions. Bring copies of your medical records and a list of medications with you to the U.S. if you have a health condition that requires ongoing care (diabetes, heart problems, asthma, depression, etc.). This will help prevent interruptions in care.

Dependent Insurance

International students are required to enroll any dependents (spouse or children) who are in the United States in F-2 or J-2 status in the Student Health Benefit Plan. Dependents are not enrolled automatically in the plan. An enrollment form should be completed and returned to the Office of Student Health Benefits within 30 days of their arrival. For information about cost and coverage details, visit shb.umn.edu or contact umshbo@umn.edu.

See also:

GPS