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Comprehensive Care for International Students

America’s health care system is very different from most other countries. As an international student, if you don’t have health insurance, medical and mental health care can be very expensive.

To be certain your health and wellbeing are protected throughout your studies at RISD, you are automatically enrolled in the Student Health Insurance Plan managed by University Health Plans and offered through UnitedHealthcare. You also can explore added coverage, such as vision or dental care.

Giving you access to care.

Your policy will cover basic medical and mental health care, both on and off campus.

This includes access to RISD’s on-campus Health Services medical clinic and our Office of Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), which provides many mental health services. Our goal is to keep you feeling your very best as a student here.

Other considerations
Some related medical costs — such as lab tests, medicines, x-rays and other imaging tests, referrals to specialists and emergency care — may not be covered under your University Health Plans policy. Review policy coverage and benefits carefully.

What you should know

Required vaccinations

Vaccines required by the State of Rhode Island for ALL college students:

  • Hepatitis B (3 doses)
  • Measles, Mumps and Rubella or MMR (2 doses)
  • Varicella (2 doses)
  • Meningococcal/meningitis (1 dose)
  • TdAP – Tetanus, Diphtheria and Acellular Pertussis (1 dose within past 10 years)

Options for getting required vaccines:

Health Insurance Forms

Make sure you have health insurance. Remember, all international students are automatically enrolled in the RISD Student Health Insurance. 

To learn more

We will help you and your family determine the best coverage for your needs, so you will receive the right care at the right time when you aren’t feeling your best. Contact us below to get started.

Hours & Appointments

Our hours are:
Monday: 8–8 pm
Tuesday: 8–5 pm
Wednesday: 8–8 pm
Thursday: 8–5 pm
Friday: 8–5 pm

Closed on weekends

Our services are available to students both on-campus and off-campus. We will do our best to provide care by phone or Zoom when possible.

All students must speak with a nurse before coming in. Please call during business hours to speak to a nurse.

Daily walk-in clinic

Unavailable until further notice.


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