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Health and Safety

All incoming international students must submit a Health History form with their application. This form must be returned by the specified date or you will not be allowed to register for courses or gain access to your residence hall.

Learn more about the immunization requirements listed on the Health History form or review important dates and checklists for all new students.

Health Insurance

International degree-seeking students on non-immigrant visas and all exchange students (regardless of their immigration status) are required to purchase the health insurance plan offered by the University. There are no exceptions to this policy. Students may wish to share this information with their parents/legal guardians.

Please watch the US Healthcare System video, which gives a good overview of the US healthcare system for international students and what to expect from a US health insurance plan.

Student Health Center

The Student Health Center offers a comprehensive program in health education and maintenance, as well as treatment for illness and injury. Their staff includes board-certified family practice physicians, a nurse practitioner, and registered nurses experienced in the care of young adults. Please note that the Student Health Center hours are different during summer breaks.

Disability Services

The University of Richmond strives to ensure that the campus is safe and accessible for everyone. The following links outline the policies and resources available for members of the community with disabilities. Learn more about the University's policies and resources available for members of the community with disabilities.

There is also a Disability Services Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) webpage.

The University takes a very personal approach to disability services. The university has a team of staff including members of our Housing, Health Center, Counseling Services, Facilities Department, Registrar, and the appropriate Dean's Office. The university tries to adequately prepare for each individual in need of an accommodation.

Safety

All new international students should sign up for the UR Alert system and carefully review all information about emergency plans and procedures. The UR Alert system and the University's emergency procedures will be reviewed during a mandatory international orientation information session on safety in the United States.

Travel Insurance

The University does not offer insurance for liability, trip cancellation, theft, and lost baggage. Students should purchase this in their home country prior to coming to the University.

Emergency Situations

Dial (804) 289-8911 (911 from a campus phone) or use a campus yellow box emergency phone to reach the police.

Staying Healthy on Campus

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) helps students with counseling, disabilities, homesickness, culture shock, and more.

The Student Health Center offers students health education and maintenance, as well as treatment for illness and injuries.

The Richmond College and Westhampton College dean's offices work with students on academic, personal, disciplinary, and other concerns.

The Recreation and Wellness Center offers health screenings and education and several fitness facilities.

The University Chaplaincy fosters an interreligious community for students of all faiths or no faith, and provides grief counseling and community space for reflection and worship.