University Health Service

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Welcome to the University of Michigan!

The university supports students' health and well-being. This page provides important information about health and wellness for new international students from the U-M International Center and University Health Service.

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Submit this information, preferably at least 30 days before classes begin:

Health care at the university:

University Health Service (UHS) can provide most of your health care while you are at the university. 

Most currently enrolled U-M students (Ann Arbor campus) pay a mandatory health service fee, included as part of tuition, that funds clinical services at UHS and well-being services to improve campus health and wellness.

UHS provides services for non-urgent and urgent health care concerns.  Language interpretation is available. To learn more about health care on campus, see How to Get Health Care

For easy access, please put this number in your phone: 734-764-8320 = UHS

Health examination, immunizations and health history:

You may arrange for a physical exam with your home health care provider (recommended by not required). At that visit, you can update immunizations. 

Immunizations are recommended to protect your health and the health of others, but they are not required by the university or the US government. We encourage you to come to college fully immunized. See recommendations at Immunization Records and please note in particular:

  • Meningitis is a serious and potentially fatal illness that immunization can help prevent 
  • The US is experiencing multiple measles outbreaks (links to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

If you are unsure of your immunization status, please check with your health care provider before coming to campus. You can also get immunizations at UHS for a fee, which may be covered by your health insurance.

Be sure you know your health history, including current medications and any allergies to medications, foods, etc.

If you have a complex health history:

  • Obtain a letter from your health care provider summarizing your health history and treatments 
  • Schedule an introductory visit with a UHS physician early in your first term and deliver the letter at that first visit (do not send it in advance)
  • See also Resources for Students with Chronic Health Conditions

Health insurance:

For F-1 or J-1 international students whose Form I-20 or Form DS-2019 was issued by the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor):

Health insurance that meets university standards is required to help cover costs such as hospitalization, ambulance services and medications (which are not covered by the health service fee). As soon as you arrive on campus and complete your Mandatory Immigration Check-in, you (and any F-2 or J-2 dependents) will be automatically enrolled in the U-M International Student Health Insurance Plan. Your health insurance coverage will begin on the program start date on your Form I-20 (in the program of study box) or Form DS-2019 (Item 3). If you have other insurance that meets university standards, you will have the opportunity to apply for a waiver of the insurance requirement at a later date. For questions about health insurance, including the university's standards for insurance coverage, see Health Insurance or email

If you will receive GradCare health insurance because you will be a Graduate Student Instructor or Graduate Student Research Assistant, or will receive a University fellowship, please be sure to read Insurance Provided as a U-M Benefit.

For all other international students:

Students should have health insurance to cover:

  • Services received at UHS that are not covered by the health service fee (e.g. medication, testing, immunizations)
  • Services received outside UHS (e.g. emergency room visits, hospitalization)

Medical care for serious illnesses can be expensive, and since the US does not have a national health care system, health care costs are not paid by the US government. If you do not have health insurance that will cover health care costs in the US, consider purchasing the U-M Domestic Student Health Insurance Plan.


If you take prescription medication or use a medical device:

  • Be sure to read guidelines on Traveling with Medication from the US Customs and Border Protection website.
  • Please arrange for prescription renewals and/or a supply of medications to bring to school. Keep all medications in original containers. 
  • If you have a prescription from a pharmacy in the US, you may be able to transfer the prescription to a pharmacy in Ann Arbor, such as the UHS Pharmacy.
  • UHS may be an option for renewing prescriptions. UHS can look up your medication in an international database to determine the closest product available in the US. See How to Get Prescription Medications. If you take medications for Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, learn about prescriptions at ADHD

If you wear glasses or contact lenses, bring a copy of your current prescription, in case replacement is needed. You can get eye exams, contact lenses and glasses on campus at the UHS Eye Care Clinic and Optical Shop.

More information for well-being:

U-M offers a wide variety of Well-being Resources, which are now searchable on Well-being for U-M Students. If you would like help learning about campus resources for well-being, please contact Wolverine Wellness at UHS, phone 734-763-1320 or email

If you are currently receiving mental health care, or are interested in doing so:

Collegiate Recovery Program provides a supportive community where students in recovery can achieve academic success while enjoying a genuine college experience, free from alcohol and other drugs. If you are a student in recovery or are curious about recovery, please contact the program.

Students with disabilities who need academic accommodations are encouraged to contact the Services for Students with Disabilities Office (734-763-3000). Students wishing to receive services must register with this office. Disabilities include chronic health or mental health conditions, learning disorders, and visual, hearing and mobility impairments.

U-M is a smoke-free campus, and students, faculty and staff can get support for quitting  Learn more at Smoke-Free University Initative.

Once you arrive on campus,  prepare a Health Care Kit to keep in your room, house or apartment. 

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December 2019 Newsletter