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Office of International Programs

Health Services and Health Insurance

Student Health Center
The Student Health Center is equipped to meet the health care needs of students. Visits to the Staff Physician, Registered Nurse, or Nurse Practitioner and walk-in health assessments are paid for by your student health fee.

Immunization Requirements
Bring the immunization record form with you, completed, when you arrive in Minot. You will be asked to provide it during your first few days on campus.

The North Dakota University System requires all students born after Dec. 31, 1956 to provide two proofs of immunity to rubeola (measles), rubella (German measles), and mumps prior to registration for classes. Official documentation must be submitted to the Student Health Center. Appropriate proof may be a copy of your childhood immunization records, school immunization records, documentation by your medical provider (personal physician, pediatrician or county health department) that you had the respective disease(s) or the immunization, and the dates.

If you do not have documentation of immunity to any or all of these diseases, you will be required to have either a blood test to measure your immunity (called a titer), and/or have the immunizations. You can be immunized at your local public health, private health care provider or the Student Health Center. 

Upon arrival on campus, all international students (Canadians students are exempt) must report to the Student Health Center for Tuberculosis testing. A small administration fee is charged by the Health Center for the initial TB testing. Any required follow up testing or treatment will require off campus medical care. The mandatory international student insurance plan does cover the cost for TB follow up tests and if any medication is recommended for treatment is provided at no cost to the student though the MSU Student Health Center. For more information, review the immunization section of the Student Health Center website. Contact the Student Health Center for additional information.

Mandatory Health Insurance
Per the North Dakota State Board of Higher Education (SBHE) policy section 505, international students at Minot State University in F-1 or J-1 status are required* to be covered by the health insurance policy that has been designated by the Chancellor of the North Dakota State University System.

* Students from Canada and Norway are exempt from this requirement. However, the MSU Office of International Programs strongly encourages students from Canada and Norway enroll in the United Health Care policy because of the excellent benefits offered by the plan. If you are interested in obtaining coverage from a U.S. based insurance provider, contact the Director of International Programs. Canadian students and parents should refer to Canadian private and provincial health insurance providers for more information about their current coverage.

United Health Care is the current official health insurance provider for all F-1 and J-1 students attending North Dakota public institutions. The policy is comprehensive and provide excellent benefits. For more information about the insurance policy, visit these links:
Health Insurance Information for Current MSU International Students
State Board of Higher Education Policy: North Dakota University System website
Plan details:

Provincial Insurance
Each province offers "out of province" coverage. You are responsible for having the proper documents signed and submitted to the province prior to the start of each year. Check your provincial requirements, download any necessary forms and send them to the Office of International Programs to be signed. The province may only need a verification of enrollment. If no form is specified, contact the province with questions regarding their specific requirements.

Tips for Understanding the U.S. Healthcare System

  • Healthcare options in Minot [pdf]

  • Video: U.S. Healthcare System. This video teaches international students how to prepare for their arrival in the U.S., how the U.S. healthcare system works and how students should seek medical care appropriately if they become sick or injured.Please visit for more information.

  • Video: What Are Deductibles, Coinsurance, and Copays?

  • Video: Introduction to Counseling Services. This short video introduces the concepts of mental health for international students in the US. Covering mental health awareness and warning signs, dispelling myths, and showing ways to seek treatment, the video seeks to demystify a complex topic.

Page last updated September 20, 2017.