Health Insurance

Medical care in the United States is very expensive. Even if you are healthy, you can get sick or injured while you are here. You might need to see a specialist, take prescription medication, or go to the hospital, and medical bills can quickly add up to tens of thousands of dollars.

Getting insurance gives you access to medical care and helps you focus on the real reason you're here.


All Emory students are required to carry health insurance. You have 2 choices:

  1. Sign up for the Emory Student Health Insurance Plan; or
  2. Fill out an online waiver and get another insurance plan that meets Emory's requirements.

The Emory plan exceeds the federal requirements for J-1 students.

More about the student health insurance requirement >>


Emory encourages all international scholars and visitors arriving under partnership agreements to invest in health insurance due to the high cost of health care in the United States. Valid health insurance is a legal requirement for J-1 exchange visitors.

For Emory employees, the university offers 2 insurance plans through Aetna. Learn more about your medical benefits >>

J-1 requirements

All J-1 exchange visitors and their J-2 dependents are legally required to carry health insurance while they're in the US. J-1 scholars also need to report their insurance coverage to ISSS. Learn more >>