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International Students

Welcome to Fitchburg State University!

Your health is very important to your academic success. We at Health Services are available to provide care for your medical concerns. If we need to refer you to a local physician, we can assist you in locating one. The American medical system can be quite different from what you are accustomed to at home, so we can assist you in obtaining the care you need.

Medical Record Checklist

All international students are required to submit their health forms to Student Health Services prior to their arrival at orientation.

Please carefully review the last page, Tuberculosis Risk Assessment. If you answer “yes” to any of the three questions, you will need to have a tuberculosis test done in the United States, not in your country of origin. If you require a TB test, it will be performed the first day of orientation. The cost of the test will be billed to your student health insurance.

All of the listed vaccines are required by law. Please bring proof of all of the vaccines that you have previously received. The University health insurance plan will cover the costs of vaccines that you still need. Your failure to submit these records will result in your inability to register for classes.

If you have any questions regarding your health forms, please contact Martha Favre, Director of Health Services.

Transfer Students

Students transferring from other U.S. institutions should be aware that vaccination requirements are not uniform among all U.S. colleges and universities. As such, even if you have met the vaccination requirements at your current campus, you might not meet the health requirements for Fitchburg State.

Please examine Fitchburg State's requirements carefully to determine whether you need additional  immunizations. The easiest way to provide Fitchburg State with your medical records from your past institution is to download the Authorization for Release of Medical Records (MS Word) and fax it to your past institution. They will fax Fitchburg State your medical records. Be sure to initiate this process in time for your records to reach our Health Services office prior to Orientation.

Please visit International Education for more information.

Health Insurance

The United States does not offer universal health care. All international students with an F-1 VISA will be enrolled by the University and will be responsible for the fee.

The effective dates for the insurance are from August 1st, 2019 to July 31st, 2020. The full year rate is $3,444. The rate for fall only (August 1st, 2019 to December 31st, 2019) is $1,444.

For any questions regarding student health insurance, please contact (978) 665-4126 or email student accounts.