Health Insurance Information

Health Insurance Information Health care is very expensive in the United states. That is why all GVSU international students are recommended to have health insurance to cover major medical expenses during their stay in the United States. 

Beginning in Fall 2019, Health Insurance will no longer be required for F-1 International students.  It is still mandatory for J-1 international students.  Please email for more information.

Insurance rates: 

The rate is: $1580.76 per year and will be effective from August 15, 2018 to August 14, 2019.  Students are expected to pay the entire amount with their Fall Semester Bill.  Students who will not be at GVSU for the entire year should email: to find out if an alternate arrangement is possible.  

You will be charged for the Health Insurance through the Padnos International Center.  Please visit: Relation's website

Information on GVSUs Campus Health Center 



Vaccinations: No vaccinations are required by Grand Valley; however, vaccinations for measles, mumps, rubella, polio and tuberculosis are recommended. No proof is required. If you are bringing any prescription drugs to the United States, you must bring an English translation of the prescription with them. In case any prescriptions are needed while you are here, MetroHealth at the Campus Health Center can assist you.

Medical Attention

Medical Attention: Grand Valley offers medical services through the MetroHealth Center. Students needing urgent medical attention should visit one of the area hospitals, which include Spectrum HealthMary Free BedMetro HealthHelen DeVos Childrens HospitalButterworth Hospital and Saint Marys Health Center. In case of an emergency in the United States, dial 911.

Page last modified May 7, 2019