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. 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.

Visit the Insurance page for more information for J-1 and F-1 visa status students on enrolling 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

International students pay their health insurance premium through George Mason University via Patriot Web. The premium is charged to your tuition account.

In the fall, a student is charged the “Fall Only” premium. In the spring, a student is charged with the “Spring/Summer” premium. Any student new to the University in the summer, please contact the Insurance Office for a fee assessment and enrollment.

Payment Due Date

The payment due date for the health insurance premium is the same date as your Tuition Due Date. For payment due dates, contact the Student Accounts Office.

The insurance premium is deducted from all payments received by the University before funds are applied to tuition or other charges.

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 impact your ability to complete your education.

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


April 4, 2018 – June 15, 2018

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

NEW International and INTO students

April 4, 2018 – June 15, 2018

Waiver submission for new International students only. Contact the Insurance Office by email to discuss waiver applications.

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