International Student Health Insurance

At Bowling Green State University, we require our students to have health insurance – and all International Students, regardless of credit hours, are required by the University to enroll into the BGSU Student Health Insurance Plan.

About the BGSU Student Health Insurance Plan
United Healthcare Student Resources' insurance plan is customized to offer the best coverage to our students at a competitive price. You can find the most recent rates, dates of coverage and more about the plan on the Health Plan Benefits and Cost web page. 

BGSU Student Health Plan Benefits and Cost


How to Enroll

Returning and new international students follow different enrollment processes. Please select the drop-down menu below to learn more about your specific enrollment process.

Deadline: 11:59 p.m. EST on Jan. 1

If you have attended BGSU in the past but you did not attend BGSU this past fall and not enrolled in the 2021-22 annual plan, you are required to enroll in the 2022 Spring/Summer Plan by the deadline. 

If you do not enroll by the deadline, you will be auto-enrolled; but we would prefer that you enroll yourself. This lets us know you understand you are enrolled in the insurance plan.

Deadline: As soon as possible*

If you will be a new international student next semester, you are required to complete the Digital Falcon Health Packet. The following documents are included in this packet:

  • Falcon Health Center Registration Packet
  • Health Screening Form
  • Insurance Enrollment Form

After completion, you are required to schedule a virtual appointment to answer your questions, review completed forms and determine if any follow-up actions are needed. A representative will reach out to you to book this appointment, but you can also contact them directly with any questions before your meeting at studentins@bgsu.edu

* If you are unable to complete your health packet prior to arriving to campus, we will assist you during orientation. 


International Student Insurance Eligibility Requirements

Dependents | Students who are enrolled in the plan may also insure their dependents (spouse, domestic partner and children until the age of 26.) Eligible Dependents will need to enroll into and pay for the health plan directly through United Healthcare Student Resources.

Optional Practical Training Program | International students that are enrolled into an Optional Practical Training Program are eligible for BGSU student insurance coverage. 

Please contact the Student Insurance Office for details at studentins@bgsu.edu for enrollment forms and for more information.


International Student Insurance Enrollment Exemptions

The majority of international health insurance plans are not accepted in the United States and/or Northwest Ohio, which is why you are not able to waive the plan on this web page.

You are required to enroll in the BGSU student health insurance plan by the semester deadline, unless you meet one of the following exemptions:

  • Students with approved coverage that is provided by their government /embassy
  • Students with approved coverage provided by a U.S. based employer
  • Students who have coverage through approved policies

If you believe you meet one of these exemptions, you will need to contact the Student Insurance Office between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday-Friday at studentins@bgsu.edu, with your health insurance card, BGSU student ID and health insurance policy information in order to complete a waiver.

IMPORTANT: No waivers will be accepted after the first week of classes. 


Applied health science students learn to take a temperature in a modern healthcare simulation lab.

Falcon Health Center

The Falcon Health Center accepts the BGSU student insurance plan and most insurance policies and is located next to campus. The center serves the entire surrounding community as well as the BGSU faculty, staff and students.

Falcon Health Center offers convenience care appointments with medical providers, immunizations, travel medicine, skin screenings, lab and radiology services, acupuncture, chiropractic care and physical therapy.

For your convenience the Falcon Health Center also offers a full-service pharmacy.