It is important to consider your health when coming to study in the United States. Simple differences such as food, climate and even lifestyle can affect one's health.
We highly recommend visiting a doctor before you travel to the U.S.
Before You Travel
Tuberculosis (TB) Testing
Tuberculosis is a bacterial disease of the lungs. The U.S. requires all students to be tested for this disease.
You must bring a certified document in English from a physician showing negative test results in order to live on campus. This is very important.
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 is recommended.
If you wish to live on campus, you must complete the TB/Meningitis Form (PDF).
All students must have health insurance to study in the English Language Institute.
Health Insurance Options
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
- Purchase Insurance from the ELI
Find an Insurance Company
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 and 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 ELI
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.