Students-Office of International Education - Carnegie Mellon University


Prior to your arrival on campus, the premium for the basic insurance plan will be charged to your invoice. You will be enrolled in that plan unless you:

  1. Choose to upgrade to a plan with better benefits, or
  2. Obtain a waiver by providing documentation of coverage that meets certain minimum criteria by the deadline set by the Student Health Services (see below).

Carnegie Mellon student health insurance will become active on August 1. If you expect to arrive earlier, we recommend that you purchase short-term travel insurance at home to cover you before your Carnegie Mellon insurance becomes active. If you are starting your studies in the spring or summer semesters, you may purchase a partial year’s policy through the CMU Student Health Services that will provide coverage until the beginning of the next academic year, August 1.

You may request a waiver from the CMU health insurance requirement by showing proof of other acceptable health insurance. Requests for a waiver must be made to the Student Health Services; waivers are granted in very few circumstances.

Note, individual health coverage programs which are purchased by you individually either in your home country or in the US will not qualify for a waiver and you may be required to pay also for the CMU health coverage.

To avoid being obligated to pay for two health insurance plans, you should not purchase any private health insurance without first consulting Student Health Services. Routine dental work and eye examinations are not covered by most US health insurance plans; therefore, you should take care of any dental or eye care before you leave your home country. Optional dental and vision plans are available from Carnegie Mellon for an additional cost.

Last Updated: January 10, 2017