Health Insurance Requirements
All international students and their dependents in F-1/2 or J-1/2 status at Fairfield University are required to purchase the Fairfield University international student health insurance. This health insurance meets the following minimum requirements:
- Medical benefits of at least $100,000 per accident or illness,
- Repatriation of remains in the amount of $15,000,
- Expenses associated with medical evacuation in the amount of $50,000,
- No deductible per accident or illness,
- Insurance provider must be licensed to operate in the state of Connecticut.
Every student living on campus must complete the Fairfield University Medical Form and file it with the Health Center. On this form will be your medical history and proof of immunizations. All students born after January 1, 1957, are required, under Connecticut law, to provide documentation of the following immunizations:
- Current Tetanus/Diphtheria booster (within past 10 years)
- Two doses of vaccine against Mumps, Measles and Rubella (MMR)
- Two doses of Varicella vaccine or lab result or health care provider confirmed immunity
- One dose of Meningitis vaccine (MCV4) if living on-campus
- Three series of Hepatitis B vaccine are strongly recommended
It is in your best interest to have your physical examination done by your own physician, before you arrive in the United States. Once you arrive, the cost of a physical exam would be approximately $150. If you don't have the immunizations necessary by the time you arrive on campus you will not be able to register for classes or move-in to campus housing. These immunizations can be received at the Health Center.
American Health Care System
One major cultural difference you might encounter while in the United States is that hospital emergency rooms are used only if strictly necessary. This is for two main reasons: it is very expensive, and it is better to consult a doctor who is aware of your medical history.
Unlike some countries, health care in the United States is mostly provided by private doctors, dentists, and hospitals. Consequently, the costs of health care are very high when compared to most countries. To avoid very large medical bills, it is very important for Fairfield University students to have appropriate medical insurance.
Important Phone Numbers
Poison Control: 1-800-382-9097