We do not have a national health care system in the United States, so you may find that even your most routine medical needs are very expensive compared to in your country. For example, a physician’s fee for an office visit could range from $90 - $150. A visit to a specialist can cost even more. Therefore, most people in the United States purchase medical insurance to cover a major part of their medical expenses.
F-1 visa students enrolled at Georgia Perimeter College are required to purchase health insurance to be protected from the cost of an unexpected illness or accident. Please be aware that the premium you pay for health insurance covers only you as the enrolled Georgia Perimeter College student. If you have a spouse and/or children in the U.S. who are your dependents, please consider purchasing health insurance for them separately.
Even if you have generally been very healthy, it is wise to take special care of yourself while you are here. Changes in diet, climate, the stress of adjusting to a new environment, and the pressures of studying can make you more tired leaving you more susceptible to illness.
Tips for taking care of yourself:
- Eat a balanced diet
- Get regular exercise
- Try to get enough rest
- Make a schedule to get your work done
- Get involved in campus activities
- Talk to someone if you feel lonely
Remember, we are here to assist you and help you to have a meaningful and pleasant experience. We are glad that you are with us at Georgia Perimeter College so do not hesitate to call on us if you ever have any questions or concerns.