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, unless they meet one of the few exemptions. 

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

For the Fall 2021 Semester, student health insurance enrollment is now available and must be completed by 11:59 EDT on Aug. 1. 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.

To enroll, please complete the enrollment form below:

Please note: All new international students will meet with a representative from the Student Insurance Office during their mandatory new student orientation. Our office will assist with health insurance enrollment and will review health insurance benefits during orientation.


International Student Insurance Eligibility Requirements

Dependants | Students who are enrolled in the plan may also insure their dependants (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 they 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 studentinsu@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 day of classes.