Health insurance is mandatory for J-1 exchange students and scholars and for their J-2 dependents. Although it is currently optional for F-1 students and F-2 dependents, it is highly recommended that you and your dependents also purchase health insurance throughout your stay; especially since health care in the U.S. can be very expensive. Your international student advisor and health services office can help you find insurance plans suitable for yourself and your dependents.
To view various health insurance plans for international students, visit the following websites:
- Compass Benefits Group
- ISO Student Health Insurance
- International Student Insurance Plans
- Gateway Plans
- Study USA-Health Care
New Health Plans for Students on a J-1 Visa
CUNY does not endorse any particular health insurance provider for international students.
Medical Evacuation & Repatriation
Although not required, our office highly recommends all of our students to acquire a health insurance plan that includes Medical Evacuation and Repatriation of their remains. In case of an unfortunate injury, illness, or passing away of any student, these services will ensure that the student's remains can transported back to his or her place of origin.
The following is a home in New York City that makes accommodations for international students:
Greenwich Village Home