All students should consider their health when coming to study in the United States. Differences in food, climate and even lifestyle can affect health. Visiting a doctor before you come to the United States is highly recommended.
What to do for your health before you come
- Tuberculosis (TB) Testing: Tuberculosis is a bacterial disease of the lungs. The U.S. requires all students to be tested for this disease. All resident students must bring a CERTIFIED document in English from their physician showing NEGATIVE test results. This is very important. Students who do not submit this form will not be allowed to live on campus. Download a copy of the form here.
- Meningococcal Disease (Meningitis): Meningitis is a rare but dangerous disease. Consider getting a vaccine before you come to the United States. It is not required but recommended. To learn more about Meningitis, click here. If you choose not to get a vaccine, you must sign a waiver form.
- Health Insurance: All students MUST have health insurance to study in the English Language Institute.
On-campus health services are provided by the Loyola University Health Center.
All students in the English Language Institute at Notre Dame of Maryland University must have health insurance. There are two options to meet this requirement.
Find an Insurance Company on your own:
You can buy your own health insurance from a health insurance provider of your choice (either from your home country or from the U.S.).Your health insurance must be valid in the U.S. for the entire period of your study. You must submit a copy of your health insurance card to the ELI. If you purchase your own insurance, be sure to:
- Bring your Insurance Card with the Policy Number
- Know what your insurance pays for
- Know how to file claims from the U.S.
- Cover your spouse and your dependents
Purchase insurance from the English Language Institute:
If you do not have insurance that covers you in the United States, you must purchase the ELI's insurance. The insurance offers basic accident and sickness coverage. Please contact the ELI for the current rate. The Institute’s insurance does NOT cover spouses or dependents who are not students in the ELI.