International Students

International Student's Requirements for Healthcare Coverage

  Insurance Mandatory?
9 or more on-campus (DeKalb) credit hours Yes (required to have NIU’s insurance unless sponsored by your government)
Less than 9 credit hours No, but strongly advised to have
J-1 Visa holders Yes (required by law)
Fulbright scholars Yes (required to have NIU’s insurance)

Effective August 1, 2018, all incoming international students who enroll in nine or more on-campus credit hours, are required to have the NIU Student health insurance plan, unless your government sponsors you.

For international students currently enrolled at NIU, we will honor waivers with the insurances you currently have, as long as it meets our requirements for waivers.

Please contact the NIU Student Health Insurance office at or 815-753-0122 for waiver instructions.