International Students

International students with full-time status are eligible to enroll in or waive the Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) with qualifying coverage. Since plans marketed abroad do not provide qualifying coverage, this plan offers eligible international students adequate and reliable access to health care services, including medical evacuation and repatriation coverage.

As a reminder, consistent with the Slutzker Center for International Services policy, international students must have medical evacuation and repatriation coverage in their health insurance policy while studying in the U.S.  Verification of this coverage must be submitted to the Slutzker Center by September 15, 2017, via email at lescis@syr.edu.  International students enrolled in the SHIP do not need to submit verification as the SHIP includes medical evacuation and repatriation coverage. Graduate international students with a University appointment as a graduate, teaching or research assistant who are enrolled in the University’s health benefits plan administered by POMCO do not need to submit verification as medical evacuation and repatriation coverage are provided in this year’s plan through Europ Assistance USA, Inc.  For more information, visit the Human Resources website.

For international students who are in their last semester of study and registered part-time, are non-matriculated, or are visiting scholars with J-1 professor, research, short-term, specialist or intern status, the Slutzker Center still encourages you to carry health insurance coverage. Plans are available through International Student Protection, HTH Worldwide, and ISO. Students fitting these categories should provide the Slutzker Center with a copy of their enrollment agreement and the receipt signifying the start and end dates of their coverage.