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Having proper medical insurance coverage, whether you are studying or working in the U.S., is essential to your physical and mental well-being.

Medical care in this country can be expensive. A short visit to a doctor’s office for a common cold without any insurance can cost a few hundred dollars. A trip to the emergency room can cost thousands of dollars if you don’t have any health insurance coverage. Lehigh University offers an affordable medical insurance plan* to all full-time enrolled students and any full-time employee who are eligible for university benefits.

*The medical insurance coverage does not include dental coverage, which must be purchased separately.

F-1 Students

F-1 students, undergraduate and graduate, are required by the university to enroll in the University Student Health Insurance Plan or waive the requirement by submitting evidence of an existing creditable health insurance policy.

To qualify for the waiver, students must meet one of the following requirements:

  • The student is currently insured by a foreign government or organization.
  • The student has parents living in the United States and he or she is covered under their insurance policy.
  • The student has dependents at Lehigh and has a private family plan that is ACA-certified insurance.

If you meet any of these requirements, it is your responsibility to send a copy of your proof of coverage to OISS no later than 60 days before classes begin in the fall term. All waiver requests must be sent to intnl@lehigh.edu.

J-1 Students and Scholars

J-1 undergraduate and graduate students are required by the university to enroll in the University Student Health Insurance Plan or waive the requirement by submitting evidence of an existing creditable health insurance. 

To qualify for the waiver, students must meet one of the following requirements: 

  • The student is currently sponsored by a foreign government or organization. 
  • The student has parents living in the United States and he/she is covered under their insurance policy.
  • The student has dependents at Lehigh and has a private family plan that is ACA-certified insurance.

The Department of State requires J-1 visa holders to have health insurance that meets the following requirements:

  • Medical benefits: $100,000 per person per accident or illness
  • Medical evacuation: $50,000
  • Repatriation of remains: $25,000
  • Deductible: Less than $500 per accident or illness

The Lehigh Student Health Insurance Plan meets these requirements. 

J-1 visiting scholars are required by federal law to carry medical insurance that meets the J-1 visa requirements above.

Please note that the medical insurance plan must cover the entire duration of the J-1 program listed on your DS-2019.

H-1B International Faculty and Post-Doctoral Research Associates

As paid, exempt employees, H-1B workers are eligible for all the benefits of the university and can sign up for a university medical insurance plan (includes vision coverage) as well as dental coverage.

Health Insurance for Dependents

Lehigh University does not offer health insurance programs to F-2 or J-2 spouses and children. Students and scholars must purchase health insurance for dependents from an off-campus insurance provider.