Health Insurance, COVID-19 and Flu Information for International Students and Scholars

Do U-M health insurance plans cover testing and treatment for COVID-19?

Yes, all U-M health insurance plans cover COVID-19 testing and treatment.

  • International Student/Scholar Health Insurance Plan:
  • GradCare and U-M employee health insurance plans such as U-M Premier Care
    • Covid-19 vaccination and medically necessary diagnostic testing and treatment for COVID-19 are covered.
    • Coverage details: U-M Health Plans
  • Questions: SSC Contact Center (734) 615-2000

Do U-M insurance plans cover flu shots? Are flu shots recommended?

Yes, all U-M health insurance plans also cover flu shots at no cost to you and flu shots are strongly recommended since the shots will help you stay healthy and protect those around you from influenza. Plan to get a flu shot if you have not already done so.

Where can I find U-M recommendations for COVID-19 precautions?

The U-M Health Response website has information and updates.

When will insurance coverage begin for new students?

After you complete your mandatory immigration check-in, your health insurance coverage will begin on your I-20 or DS-2019 start state. Mandatory Immigration Check-in for Students explains how to complete your check-in. Since Winter 2024 check-ins are online, you do not have to visit the International Center in person to check in.

Can new students who arrive on campus before their I-20 or DS-2019 start date start their insurance coverage early?

Yes, if you arrive on campus early, you can start your insurance coverage early as long as the new start date is in the same month as your I-20 or DS-2019 start date. For example, if your I-20 start date is January 10, the earliest that you can start your insurance is January 1. If you would like to do this, email [email protected] to request an earlier start date.


Last Updated: 12/14/2023