International Students

"Required" International Student Screening Appointment

What do I need to do when I arrive to NDSU?

  • If you have immunization records, please submit them to Student Health Service (SHS). See Immunization Requirements below for more information. 
  • All international students are required to schedule an International Student Screening appointment with SHS regardless of which country they are from. Please follow these scheduling instructions
  • Deadlines: screening deadlines are typically the first two weeks of the start of the semester, however, students arriving late must schedule this appointment within 1-2 weeks of arrival to campus. 
  • Summer 2021:  UHCSR insurance is effective May 13, 2021 so students should not schedule any appointments prior to this date. The student is responsible for any charges not covered by insurance.  

What will happen at this appointment?

  • Please plan appropriate travel time and allow 30-60 minutes for your screening appointment. 
  • Students will be screened for Tuberculosis (TB) and will receive any missing immunizations.
  • Students will be asked what country they are from and what countries they have traveled to.
    • If a student has not traveled or lived in a high risk country for longer than 30 days, then TB testing is not needed.
    • If a student has lived in or traveled to a high risk country for longer than 30 days, then TB testing will be performed. If TB testing comes back as negative, then no further action is needed unless further immunizations are needed. If TB testing comes back as positive, a TB follow up appointment will be required.

Will insurance cover the cost of the screening appointment? 

  • International students are required to carry the United Healthcare Student Resources (UHCSR) insurance policy, however, there are some exceptions where students will carry a different insurance plan. For those students with UHCSR, the TB testing and immunization costs are covered at 100%. For those students carrying a different insurance plan, please check with your insurance company directly regarding coverage. 
  • Please see our Billing page for more information on our billing process.

What will happen to those students who are not compliant with this process?

  • A registration hold will be placed on any student accounts for non-compliant students. The registration hold prevents students from being able to register for any future classes. Holds may be placed for any of the following reasons:
    • A student does not schedule their screening appointment during the required time frame
    • A student has a positive TB test and does not schedule their follow up appointment
    • A student is missing required immunizations
  • SHS will attempt to contact students via NDSU email and/or secure messaging through the Student Health Portal so students should be familiar with the their email account and Patient Portal. 
  • If students do not respond to the communication efforts by SHS and do not comply with this requirement, your enrollment status at NDSU could be impacted.

    Immunization Requirements

    • International students must meet the same immunization requirements as all other students - see Immunizations. However, international students do not need to have documentation submitted by the deadlines posted as they can wait to receive all immunizations upon arrival to NDSU at the International Student Screening appointment.
    • Students can submit immunization records from outside countries as long as they include the following information: 
      • Documentation is translated to English
      • Student's full name
      • Date of birth
      • Preferably includes the student ID number.
      • Students can use the Immunization Documentation Form as an option to submit records, but this form is not required. Click here for ways to submit records. 
    • We ask that students DO NOT receive any immunizations 30 days prior to their arrival to NDSU as some immunizations can delay the TB testing.

    TB Records

    • SHS will NOT accept TB testing from outside countries.
    • We will accept TB testing results from transfer students who receive TB testing in the US but it must be a Quantiferon blood test. 


    The NDUS requires all international students to have adequate health insurance in place and verified, but in some cases a waiver may be allowed. Student Health Service does not handle these requests or questions, so please reference the following pages for additional information on this process:

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