Health Insurance and Immunization

All international students must purchase the medical insurance offered through the University of Miami at the time of registration unless they provide proof of agency or government sponsor coverage that has been reviewed and approved by the University Student Health Center prior to registration. Please note that this coverage must be of equal or greater value than the medical insurance provided by the University and must include those areas that are part of the University's medical insurance policy, such as maternity benefits, mental health, HIV/AIDS, and substance abuse. You must present a copy of the policy information in English. Only policies approved by the Student Health Service will be accepted. Students in J-1 status are required to purchase insurance for their dependents. Failure to do so is a violation of your nonimmigrant status.

All international students are required to enroll in the University-sponsored health insurance program. The annual premium for this coverage is added to each student's fees. Optional coverage for dependents can be requested at the time the student is first able to enroll in the plan (within 14 days of the start of the semester) or within 30 days of termination of other similar coverage, or because of any of the following events; birth, legal adoption, placement for adoption, marriage, legal guardianship, or court or administrative order. Renewal of dependent coverage is the responsibility of the student / dependent and must be requested prior to the termination of the current policy in order to prevent a lapse in coverage. Late requests for renewal must be received within 14 days of the start of the semester. Charges are paid directly to the Student Health Service, payment by credit card is preferred.

For more information, contact the Student Health Service at or 305-284-9100.

Immunization Information

For information regarding immunization, please visit this link:

Student Health Center Immunization Information

Other Health Suggestions

It is recommended that you have any necessary dental work completed prior to coming to the U.S., as this tends to be expensive in the United States. It is also recommended that you bring with you an extra pair of eyeglasses or contact lenses and your prescription. If you take regular medications, it is advised that you bring a large enough supply, if possible, to cover your intended stay in the United States. Sometimes these medications are not available and therefore this may affect your health status.