University Health Service

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This page provides important health information from the U-M International Center and University Health Service.

On this page:

Forms to be completed:

You are expected to complete and submit the following forms, 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. Students pay a health service fee (included as part of tuition) which covers many services. For who and what is covered, see Free or Fees for Students

UHS services are available by appointment, although help for urgent problems is available, and you can call UHS day or night if you need medical advice. Language interpretation is available.  To learn more about health care on campus, see the Guide to Health Care (PDF).  

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

Immunizations, health exam and health history:

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 in particlar, note that meningitis is a serious and potentially fatal illness that immunization can help prevent. 

If you are unsure of your immunization status, please check with your health care provider before coming to campus. You can also get immunizations in the UHS Allergy, Immunization and Travel Health Clinic for a fee, which may be covered by your health insurance.

A physical exam is not required by U-M, however athletic teams and clubs may have different requirements. Check with the team or club to be sure.

Be sure you know your health history, medication allergies and current medications.

If you have a complex health history:

  • Ask your health care provider to give you a letter summarizing your health history and treatments
  • Schedule an introductory visit with a UHS physician early in your first term and hand-carry the letter (do not send it in advance) to that first visit
  • 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:

We strongly recommend that you have health insurance because you may need services, such as medications and treatment for serious illness, that are not covered by the health service fee, or unavailable at UHS. 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 medications 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.

When you need more medication, we can look up your medication in an international database to determine the closest product available in the US.

You can contact the UHS Pharmacy (734-764-7387) regarding transferring prescriptions from within the US, if desired. We want to be your pharmacy of choice. 

If you take medications for ADHD, please plan ahead. Students on stable regimens may renew prescriptions by visiting a UHS physician. Bring this documentation to the first visit:

  1. Testing for and diagnosis of ADHD and
  2. Current management plans for 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 at the UHS Eye Care Clinic and Optical Shop.

More information:

U-M offers a wide variety of Well-being Services.

If you are currently receiving mental health care, or are interested in doing so, we encourage you to visit the Counseling and Psychological Services website for recommendations for transferring care to providers at U-M or other providers in Ann Arbor. See also CampusMindworks,  a U-M website that supports students with mental health disorders. For info about getting a prescription for ADD/ADHD medication, read Prescriptions above.

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

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 us.

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 may include chronic health or mental health conditions, learning disorders, and visual, hearing and mobility impairments.

Contact us:

International Center Health Insurance Office at or 734-764-9310

University Health Service at or 734-764-8320

December 2017 Newsletter