Medical Insurance

All international students and scholars at FIU are required to have medical insurance. The FIU-approved international student health insurance policy is available for purchase.

If you are an International Student 

Visit the SHS website. The insurance estimate listed on the Declaration and Certification of Finances Form reflects prices for the current academic year. You must provide proof of payment to SHS in order to confirm that you are in compliance with the insurance requirement.

If you have your own policy, you will need to have your insurance company complete an International Student Health Insurance Compliance Form and send it directly to Student Health Services for evaluation at least 2 weeks before your registration. The policy must be approved as meeting the minimum requirements of the University before you can be cleared to register. The form MUST verify:

  • that the coverage meets or exceeds minimum requirements,
  • the name, address, & telephone number of a claims agent in the U.S.,
  • that you are covered under the policy, and
  • that your insurance has been paid through the current year.

SHS will review your policy and, if it complies with the requirements, will clear you to register for classes. If your policy does not comply with the requirements, you will NOT be cleared to register until you provide documentation of insurance coverage which meets University requirements. Alternate insurance policies cannot be evaluated without the completed International Student Health Insurance Compliance Form.

If you are an International Visiting Scholar

You are required to have health insurance that meets certain requirements of the United States Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the State of Florida, and Florida International University for you, your spouse, and all children who are listed on the DS-2019. The insurance policy must include medical evacuation and repatriation benefits in addition to major medical. FlU has an insurance plan that meets these requirements, which J-1 Students and dependents are required to purchase. 

Medical insurance for dependents must be purchased prior to issuance of the DS-2019.

If you have your own policy, you will need to complete an International Scholar Health Insurance Compliance Form and submit it with your  required documentation. The policy must be approved as meeting the minimum requirements of the University before you can be cleared to receive your DS-2019. The form MUST verify:

  • that the coverage meets or exceeds minimum requirements,
  • the name, address, & telephone number of a claims agent in the U.S.,
  • that you are covered under the policy, and
  • that your insurance has been paid through the current year.

ISSS will review your policy and, if it complies with the requirements, will clear you. If your policy does not comply with the requirements, you will NOT be cleared to receive your DS-2019.  Alternate insurance policies cannot be evaluated without the completed International Scholar Health Insurance Compliance Form.

Note: An insurance card is NOT valid proof of insurance. SHS staff cannot evaluate individual plans without the compliance forms. If the insurance company refuses to fill out the form, the alternate insurance policy will not be approved.
Note: A student in J-1 status is required to purchase the University-approved medical insurance policy for himself or herself and all accompanying J-2 dependents.
REGISTRATION HOLDS (also known as Service Indicators) WILL NOT BE CLEARED UNTIL YOU COMPLY WITH THE MEDICAL INSURANCE REQUIREMENT. WE CANNOT MAKE EXCEPTIONS TO THIS RULE.