International Students

All J-1 visa students are required under Federal mandate to have health insurance in order to attend classes. George Mason University requires J-1 and F-1 visa status students to have health insurance coverage under University Policy #6002. Therefore, the Insurance Office will automatically enroll F-1 and J-1 visa students into the school selected health plan.

Students on any other visa type other than an F-1/J-1, please refer to the insurance  information for Domestic Students. Visiting faculty and scholars with a J-1 visa are eligible to enroll. Please contact the Insurance Office for enrollment.

Click here for more information for J-1 and F-1 visa status students and how to enroll eligible dependents.

Student Health Insurance Waiver

There are eligibility requirements for the health insurance waiver for international students. A student must read the waiver requirements before applying for an insurance waiver.Waiver applications must be submitted by the application deadline.

Premium Payment

Health insurance premiums are paid through George Mason University via Patriot Web because the premium is charged to your tuition account. Read for more information about premiums and payment due dates.

Healthcare in the United States

The American healthcare system has grown increasingly complex and costly.  Unlike domestic students, many of whom may be a dependent on their parents’  insurance plans, international students typically purchase insurance independently.

Since many of the plans marketed abroad do not provide adequate coverage, many international students are under-insured.  This can be very risky, since the public subsidies for healthcare, such as Medicaid or similar relief programs, are not made available to international students.  It is important to have adequate health insurance because unexpected medical expenses can jeopardize your ability to complete your education.

The healthcare system in the US may be different than the healthcare system you are familiar with. These resources may help you better understand the US healthcare system.


July 12, 2017 – September 15, 2017

Annual Open Enrollment  for domestic students and dependents of domestic and international students in the plan.

 International and INTO students

July 12, 2017 – September 15, 2017

Waiver submission for International students only. Contact the Insurance Office by email to discuss waiver applications. Deadline is September 15, 2017.

INTO students: contact the Insurance Office for waiver information

Insurance Office

Hours: Monday – Thursday 8:30 – 4:30pm, Friday 12:30 – 4:30pm

Phone: (703) 993-2827 or (703) 993-7634


Fax: 703-993-3955

Address: Student Union Building (SUB) I, Rooms 2345 & 2349

4400 University Drive, MS 2D3, Fairfax VA, 22030