Most students and international scholars must carry health insurance coverage for the duration of their academic registration at UB.
You can enroll in health insurance plans through UB or SUNY, or request a waiver if you have a comparable plan. If you are required to have health insurance, you must enroll or request a waiver each year. Insurance is also available for students, faculty and staff who are going abroad.
These policies are set by UB (for domestic students) and SUNY Administration (for international students).
Part-time domestic students do not need health insurance coverage, but may choose to enroll.
|International Students||International Scholars|
|Students are registered for classes (undergraduate or graduate), arrive at UB at the beginning of a semester, and leave at the end of a semester. This includes J-1 student interns.||Scholars are not registered for classes (they may be doing research or specialized training), and arrive and leave UB at any time, depending on their program.|
Students who study abroad, or who go abroad related to their studies at UB, must have health insurance coverage.
Please consult the table below to learn more about health insurance requirements; enrollment and waiver forms; the cost of premiums; and options for covering your dependents.
* Part-time domestic students and OPT participants do not have an insurance requirement, but are encouraged to consider plans available through UB and SUNY for their health care coverage.
If you are a new full-time domestic student for the Winter or Spring semesters, the waiver period will be open from 12/2/20-3/10/21. If you successfully completed a waiver in the Fall 2020 semester, you are not required to complete again.
|Insurance Plan/Type||Deadline||Coverage Action|
|Domestic Students - Full-Time||3/10/21||Waive|
|* Domestic Students - Part-Time (coverage is optional )||3/10/21||Enroll|
|International Students||3/10/21||Enroll or Waive|
|International Scholars||Deadlines depend on when you arrive in the U.S. J-1 international scholars have 30 days from arrival into the U.S. to enroll/waive the insurance||Enroll or Waive|
|* OPT (Optional Practical Training) (coverage is optional)||3/14/21||Enroll|
|Students Going Abroad||At least 2 weeks before going abroad||Enroll or Waive|
Health insurance coverage may be available for other groups. Please follow these links to learn more.