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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—one day in the hospital can cost well over $10,000 even for routine care.

The University requires that all international students (and their dependents) enroll in the University-sponsored health insurance program—the Student Health Benefit Plan (SHBP). International students will automatically be enrolled each semester.

Students holding a qualifying graduate assistantship appointment 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 and you can also find additional information on the website for the Office of Student Health Benefits.

Pre-Existing Conditions

The University’s insurance plans cover any pre-existing conditions. If you have a health condition (diabetes, heart problems, asthma, depression, etc.) that requires ongoing care, please bring copies of your medical records and a list of medications. This will help prevent interruptions in your 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 into the UMN's insurance plan. Dependents are not enrolled automatically in the plan. smile

They are covered from the date of their arrival as long as the F-1 or J-1 student completes the enrollment paperwork with the Office of Student Health Benefits within 30 days of their arrival. For information about cost and coverage details, visit or contact

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