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International Student Affairs

Health and Accident Insurance

All F-1 students enrolled in a degree program and J-1 exchange students are automatically enrolled in the health and accident insurance policy offered by Hofstra University, which meets the requirements of government regulations. Hofstra’s Health and Accident Insurance is offered through Gallagher & Co. From their website, you can download the plan brochure, access the Find a Doctor search tool, learn more about the discounts and wellness services available to you, and get your questions answered through a live chat. For more information about the Health and Accident Insurance Policy, please visit: www.gallagherstudent.com/hofstra. Dental and vision coverage are not provided through the plan.

Fall Semester Coverage: August 1 through December 31

Spring Semester Coverage: January 1 through July 31

Medical care for students is provided at the on-campus Student Health and Counseling Center. Hofstra University's Student Health Services focuses on providing holistic oriented health care. This includes initial diagnosis and treatment of injuries and/or illnesses, and appropriate follow-up for most short-term illnesses. Providers are experienced in treating common medical problems seen on college campuses and are advocates of a wellness approach to health care, which empowers patients to become partners in managing their health needs through education and knowledge. It is recommended that students visit the Student Health and Counseling Center before making an appointment with an outside medical facility. 

How to Print Your Insurance Card

For new students, insurance cards are usually available 5 - 7 business days after you register for classes. For returning students, the card should be available from the date your new coverage period begins.
1. Go to www.wellfleetstudent.com.
2. Enter ‘Hofstra University’ in the ‘Find your school’ search box.
3. Under ‘My Benefits’, click “Hofstra University International Login”.
4. Students who have never logged in should click ‘Create New Account’ and the complete the form. Returning students should sign in using their Hofstra e-mail address and password.
5. Click on the ‘Student Options’ tab located at the top of the page and select the form in which you would like to receive your ID card: e-mailed, printed, or hard copy.

Insurance Waiver

Students who do not wish to enroll in Hofstra's insurance policy may submit an application to get the insurance waived. To apply for a waiver:

  1. Fill out the Health and Accident Insurance Waiver Form.
  2. Provide a copy of your insurance policy in English as well as proof of your coverage (a copy of your insurance card). The insurance policy must include information about what is covered through the insurance.
  3. The waiver form and all supporting documentation must be submitted electronically to international{at}hofstra.edu by the end of the second week of classes. Requests for waivers submitted after this date will be refused.

Short-term travel policies and any plan that does not meet or surpass the coverage provided by the university insurance will be denied. Students who want their insurance waived must reapply every semester.

If the waiver is granted, it is the student’s responsibility to maintain the required coverage as stated by U.S. government regulations. Hofstra University will not be responsible for any costs, losses or damages incurred by the student or their dependents caused by a student’s failure to maintain the required coverage.

Insurance for Students on Optional Practical Training (OPT)

Hofstra health insurance coverage ends after graduation. While on OPT employers may provide health insurance, or students can purchase an insurance plan individually. Students can also choose to renew their insurance plan with Hofstra’s insurance company on their website: 

  1. Go to the Gallagher & Co. website.
  2. Under “Find your School” choose “International Students and Scholars Accident and Sickness Insurance”. Do not choose Hofstra.
  3. Create an account using a personal email address (not a Hofstra email) and choose from the plans available.