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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.
It is recommend that if possible you purchase an insurance policy in your home country that will cover you while you are in the United States. Many of you are from countries where you can purchase something called (in English) “a rider” which is an addition to a current insurance policy. If it is not possible to purchase a policy in your home country- that is fine! There are many policies available to purchase. The ones that seems most reasonably priced and with good solid coverage are the student plans from Visit Insurance. They have three good options: Student Economy, Student Choice, and Student Elite http://www.visitinsurance.com/internationalstudentinsurance.html You can see the rates. I recommend you purchase the $100,000 plan. Note: In order to see the prices- you will have to “quote and buy student plan”. Then after you enter information (length of stay and age) it will tell you the cost for all three plans. You are not required to purchase the Visit Policy- and GVSU receives no commission if you do. But after reviewing several- I think it is reasonable coverage for a reasonable price.
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.
Grand Valley offers medical services through the MetroHealth Center. Students needing urgent medical attention should visit one of the area hospitals, which include Spectrum Health, Mary Free Bed, Metro Health, Helen DeVos Childrens Hospital, Butterworth Hospital and Saint Marys Health Center. In case of an emergency in the United States, dial 911.