Abroad at AU | Health & Immunization

Health Insurance

Do I need health insurance?

Yes. All students at American University, without exception, are required to carry health insurance coverage (either purchased in the student's home country or purchased from AU).

How do I get AU health insurance?

You will automatically be enrolled in AU Health Insurance as soon as you are admitted to AU. AU Health insurance is valid for one academic year.

What if I purchase other health insurance?

You can decide to purchase separate health insurance, but in this case you will have to waive your American University Health Insurance. To waive the AU health insurance, you must meet both AU's requirements and the J-1 visa program requirments. Your insurance must meet these minimum requirements:

AU's requirements

To see AU's requirements for health insurance, please see the Waiver Requirements page.

J-1 Visa requirements

  • The J-1 student is required to maintain health insurance for the entire period of stay.
  • The minimum requirement for health insurance coverage must provide at least $50,000 per accident or illness.
  • Insurance for medical evacuation is required with a $10,000 minimum. This is used in the unlikely event that there is a need for the J-1 visa holder to return to the home country for the medical treatment.
  • Insurance coverage for repatriation of remains is required with a $7,500 minimum. This is used in the event that the J-1 visa holder should die in the U.S. and his/her remains need to be returned the home country.
  • The maximum deductible on the health insurance may not exceed $500 per accident or illness.

How do I waive the American University Health Insurance policy?:

  1. Log on to your myau.american.edu portal.
  2. Go to the Life @ AU link on the top right and click on the Health and Wellness link.
  3. Click on the link for "Student Health Insurance Plan."
  4. Click on "Waive Insurance." Here, you will have to insert the information of your current health insurance plan, which you will use while in the United States.

You will be charged for health insurance unless you submit this waiver by the deadline. If you have not purchased health insurance in your home country, you will then have to keep the AU Health Insurance plan. If you do not submit the waiver by the deadline then you will have to keep the AU Health Insurance Plan.


All students under age 26 studying at American University need to provide proof of the following vaccinations by the first week of classes:

  • Two vaccinations against measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) given after one year of age and at least 30 days apart
  • One tetanus / diphtheria booster within ten years
  • The hepatitis B 3-shot series (must be completed within a six month time period)
  • Students residing on campus must also have the meningocccal meningitis immunization or sign a waiver stating that they are aware of the risks of meningitis and do not wish to be immunized against the disease.
  • Students under the age of 18 must also show proof of being vaccinated against polio.

You need to submit a completed ORIGINAL immunization form to the Student Health Center during orientation week. The mandatory immunization form must be completed by your healthcare provider, with the immunizations that you have had in your home country, and must have both the provider's signature and the office stamp.

If you are missing certain immunizations, you will have to get the necessary vaccinations once you arrive here at American University through our Student Health Center (at a cost).