International Students

International Student’s Requirements for Healthcare Coverage

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

For the 2017 fall semester, if insurance is mandatory, you must have insurance from August 28 to December 31, 2017.

You have the option to KEEP or CANCEL the NIU student health insurance plan. If you are new to the United States, we advise that you keep the school insurance for at least your first semester.

To CANCEL the NIU student health insurance – purchase a plan from the list below and then fill out our on-line waiver. The last day to cancel the insurance is Friday, September 8, 2017.

These are the only acceptable plans:

These are not acceptable plans:

  • Any health insurance plan from your home country
  • Any plan from ICICI Lombard
  • Any plan from
  • Any plan that is not ACA compatible

PLEASE NOTE: You cannot cancel the NIU student health insurance plan if you have used the insurance or if you confirmed online that you want the insurance.

If you have any questions about insurance, please contact the NIU Student Health Insurance office at; 815-753-0122; Health Services room 101.