International Scholars

International scholars (and their dependents) must carry health insurance coverage available through SUNY (or comparable coverage) during their time in the United States while they are sponsored by UB. These policies are set by SUNY Administration.

This page is only for international scholars. If you are an international student, please visit the international students page.

Insurance Information: 2020-2021
Coverage Coverage Dates Deadline for Enrollment and Waivers Premiums
Fall Semester 8/15/20 - 1/14/21 Deadlines for international scholars 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

 

$750.45

 

Spring Semester and Summer 1/15/21 - 8/14/21 Deadlines for international scholars 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 $1041.83
Summer Only 5/15/21 - 8/14/21 Determined on a case-by-case basis $450.07
Monthly The 15th of each month to the 14th of the next month Determined on a case-by-case basis $149.69

Open enrollment is available until the deadline regardless of your coverage history. You can also enroll any time throughout the year with no gap in coverage from your previous plan if you have a life-changing event; please read this page carefully for more details. Please review the enrollment form and dependent enrollment form for more information, including off-cycle rates.

Enrollment

You will be required to purchase and keep the health insurance plan offered through UB annually unless you have an approved waiver on file by the deadline. An approved waiver provides proof of comparable coverage through another plan.

Once an approved waiver is on file, students will receive a health insurance premium refund (deadlines apply).

Request a Waiver

If you have private health insurance that meets or exceeds the minimum requirements, you can request a waiver of the premium.

NYS Essential or Community Plans are NOT Accepted for an International Waiver

You will only be permitted a waiver of the cost of the SUNY health insurance if your policy matches or exceeds the policy available through SUNY, and is approved by UB’s Student Health Insurance Office. In some cases, your policy must also match or exceed requirements from the U.S. Department of State (policies that meet SUNY requirements typically meet these requirements; the UHCSR plan available through SUNY far exceeds U.S. Department of State requirements).

Forms

Documents

None at this time.

None at this time.

Related UB Websites

Need Help?

For help understanding and navigating the health insurance process.

1 Capen
University at Buffalo
Buffalo, NY 14260-2100

Phone: (716) 645-3036

For questions about your plan (international students and scholars only)

UnitedHealthcare Student Resources

Inbound w/ SHC Policy #2019-203422-41
; OPT/J1 Policy #2019-203422-44
; Study Abroad Policy #2019-203422-43

Dependent Enrollment Forms and General Inquiries
2301 West Plano Parkways - Suite 300
Plano, TX 75075

Phone: (888) 714-6544

UnitedHealthcare Student Resources

Inbound w/ SHC Policy #2019-203422-41
; OPT/J1 Policy #2019-203422-44
; Study Abroad Policy #2019-203422-43

Claims
UnitedHealthcare Student Resources
P.O. Box 809025
Dallas, TX 75380-9025

Phone: (888) 714-6544