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International Students


Program Center

Deputy Hall 103
Summer office hours: 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (M-F)
Office hours (during the Academic Year): 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (M-F)
Phone: 218.755.4096
Fax: 218.755.2074

Mailing Address:
1500 Birchmont Dr. NE #13
Bemidji, MN 56601-2907


International Students

Health Insurance

The United States does not have a national health care system available to nonimmigrant students; therefore, the cost of medical care is the responsibility of the individual. All international students and visiting scholars engaged in educational activities are required to purchase the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities international student accident and illness insurance plan, unless they can provide written verification that their government or sponsoring agency accepts full responsibility for any medical claims that might occur. This mandate exists for the protection of international students and provides a health plan against financial hardship resulting from the need for medical attention.

Minnesota State Colleges and Universities has contracted with United Healthcare Student Resources to be the provider of our domestic and international student health insurance. Insurance coverage provided by United Healthcare and Student Resources is on an annual basis, beginning in August of each year. You will be required to purchase the insurance plan offered by United Healthcare Student Resources before enrolling in classes.

Bemidji State University requires you to purchase the State University System- sponsored health insurance once you arrive on campus (approximately $1,200). By entering the United States on the Bemidji State University I-20 form, you entered into an agreement to accept all the statements, terms, conditions, and figures which appear on the I-20 form including the clause on Item #9, which states that students “Must purchase BSU mandatory health insurance and complete BSU International Student Orientation, including math and English placement tests. Summer expenses are not included.” Additionally, only health insurance purchased at another MnSCU campus will transfer to Bemidji State University. The approximate health insurance cost is stated in Item #7 on your I-20 form (or Item #1 on your DS-2019 form). This annual premium is due with expected payment upon your arrival on campus, beginning with your first term and there after.

Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Student health Insurance Provider.

Bemidji State University Policy #2013-1530-4

United Health Care Student Resources

P.O. Box 809025
Dallas, Texas 75380-9025

UHC Insurance Information

If you have questions concerning the J-1 insurance regulations, contact International Program Center.

If you have questions about coverage, repayments or anything else regarding Health Insurance, Kristi Reiplinger is your contact in the Student Center for Health and Counseling. She is available at (218)755-2053.