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Health Care and Health Insurance

Your health is a top priority while you are here as a student, scholar or employee. To this end, Tufts provides a variety of resources to support its students and employees. These include health insurance plans and programs, student health centers, and a variety of wellness programs. Learn more about these resources below.

Campus Health Services

The University provides a variety of health care and support services. See the list below for the resources available at your campus.

Health Insurance

International students and scholars should be aware that health care in the US is extremely expensive, and the health insurance system is extraordinarily complex. There is no national health insurance system; instead, each individual is responsible for ensuring that they have adequate health insurance coverage while in the US. Failure to have health insurance can lead to extraordinarily high medical costs and extreme financial hardship. Because of these considerations, Tufts requires international students to enroll in the University's student health insurance plan or show that they have alternative outside insurance that provides comparable coverage.

Dental Care. Many dental care procedures are not automatically covered by health insurance and requires purchase of additional plans. Students at the Medford and SMFA campuses are eligible to purchase additional dental care coverage alongside their health insurance coverage. Persons who need dental care are also encouraged to consider dental care services through the Tufts Dental School.

Counseling and Mental Health Support

International students, scholars, and employees are encouraged to use a variety of resources to support mental health and wellbeing. Students on the Medford / Somerville and SMFA campuses have access to private and confidential services provided by the Counseling and Mental Health Service, including services for mental health emergencies.

Counseling Support Outside the US. In addition, international Tufts students living at home have free access to direct support 24/7 as well as short-term counseling provided by Workplace Options. This service is confidential, available in any language and can be accessed anytime while students are home over the summer or during breaks in their respective country. Students can call them anytime at +44 20 8987 6230 or e-mail to request a therapist or connection to local resources. Workplace Options is staffed by professionals who are completely independent from Tufts. They are bound by professional standards regarding confidentiality, and do not disclose details of individuals who have contacted the service. Any information shared is at the student’s discretion and will not be shared with Tufts. Students can access their website ( using student code: Tufts. The information above is also available on the Tufts Counseling and Mental Health Services website.

Athletic Facilities

To promote health and wellness, Tufts has athletic facilities for students, scholars, and employees. All members of the Tufts community are encouraged to use these resources.