International Students

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 (PDF) to Student Health Services prior to their arrival at orientation. Fall students by August 15 and spring students by December 28.

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 us at 978.665.4126 or email

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.

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 1 to July 31. See the student health insurance page for current rates.

For any questions regarding student health insurance, please contact 978.665.4126 or email