International Student Health Care

Health Insurance

Medical care in the United States is very expensive. Unlike the governments of many other countries, the U.S. government does not provide free, universal medical coverage to its citizens. Individuals without insurance may find it difficult to find reasonable treatment. To ensure you have adequate medical coverage while in the U.S., you may consider purchasing insurance from your own country’s insurance company which is often able to cover the bulk of your medical expenses while you are studying in the United States.

You may also research insurance companies on your own. The following sources can be helpful.

Pharmacies in the U.S.

Medications for common illnesses such as colds, stomach aches, mild allergies, etc. can be purchased at a pharmacy. If you are unsure about which products to purchase, you may ask the pharmacist on duty to recommend a medication for your condition. You can purchase the needed medicine at a drugstore in Wal-Mart, Target, CVS, Walgreens, or local independent pharmacies.