International Students

International Students in F-1 or J-1 Status

To avoid being obligated to pay for two health insurance plans, please do not purchase another health insurance plan before your waiver request is approved. Your waiver will not be processed until Student Health Insurance Department confirms that your insurance plan meets the University’s requirements.

Supplemental Information

Health insurance is a requirement of the University and is a necessity in the United States because of the very high cost of healthcare. When you are registered for classes, you will be automatically charged for the NYU sponsored Comprehensive Insurance Plan.You will remain enrolled in that plan unless you complete the waiver process before the semester deadline.

Students have an option to:

  • Waive the NYU sponsored plan if you maintain other insurance coverage that meets the University’s minimum health insurance criteria, or
  • Downgrade your coverage to the Basic Plan. Students may only opt to downgrade coverage when first registering for the academic year.

International Students Waiver Process

Students with an F-1/J-1 visa who maintain other insurance coverage and wish to waive the NYU sponsored plan need to complete and sign the entire Student Acknowledgment and Insurance Carrier Certification Form before submitting it to the NYU Student Health Insurance Department. This must be completed for each new academic year before the deadline.

  1. Go to
  2. Click on the box for Washington Square Students
  3. Select the International Students tab
  4. Click on the International Student Waiving link
  5. Read the general information and
  6. Follow the instructions for completing the Student Acknowledgement and Insurance Carrier Certification Form.
  7. Your insurance company representative must complete and sign and date the form.

The following types of insurance plans will not be acceptable for waiving the NYU plans:
Travel policies with limited benefits and exclusions of coverage important for a college population.
Insurance plans that always require students to pay for treatment out-of-pocket and then be reimbursed.
Based on the information provided, NYU reserves the right to deny your waiver request.
If your waiver is approved, the Bursar will be notified to remove the insurance charge from your account.