One week into her senior year, Natasha Reifenberg headed to an academic health conference in El Salvador, presenting a policy brief based in research she had been involved in for the last two years. An opportunity usually reserved for distinguished academics, the trip was just one of many highlights in an outstanding undergraduate career that includes internships at the Global Fund for Women and United Nations Development Program and independent research opportunities centered around women’s issues and rights. Reifenberg attributes her accomplishments to her education in Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters — particularly her philosophy major.
University Health Services Requirements
- Enter your vaccinations at Online Student Health prior to mailing in your Medical History and Physical Report Form.
- Complete the Medical History and Physical Report Form and return it to University Health Services (UHS) prior to leaving your home country. You may find the form at uhs.nd.edu/forms/. If you are unable to return the form prior to leaving your home country, bring it to International Student Orientation.
- If you are unable to provide proof of required immunizations, you will need to have a blood test at International Student Orientation to determine your immune status.
- Due to Indiana state law, all international students must complete a health and tuberculosis (TB) screening upon their arrival to campus. University Health Services (UHS) will provide this mandatory screening after Orientation; the specific date and time will be updated soon. If you are enrolled in the Aetna Student Health insurance plan, the health screening and required tests will be covered under the plan. If you are not enrolled in this plan, UHS will bill the cost of the tests to your student account.
International students will automatically be enrolled in the Notre Dame health insurance plan, Aetna Student Health, unless they present proof of comparable coverage to Aetna and are permitted to waive out of the plan. Please refer to http://uhs.nd.edu/insurance-billing for more details regarding the 2017-2018 plan.
Please know that health insurance plans in the United States do not cover all medical expenses. Because some services, such as dental and eye examinations are not covered, you should take care of such needs before coming to the U.S. Other medical services may be paid in part by the insurance company, but you should be prepared to pay the balance.
Also, please note that health insurance for dependents is significantly more expensive than health insurance for students. If you plan to get health insurance for your spouse or children, please research insurance plans prior to your arrival in the U.S. For information about dependent insurance through Notre Dame’s Aetna Student Health plan, visit http://uhs.nd.edu/insurance-billing/.
J-1 Students: The University’s group insurance policy meets the minimum standards for a health insurance policy required to maintain your immigration status.
When Francesco Tassi arrived at Notre Dame, he was sure he would major in finance. But a lecture on refugees set him on a different path — one that led him to travel through Italy for three months to study refugee integration firsthand. Tassi, who was born in Italy and moved to the United States in third grade, traveled widely in high school and spent time living with host families in several countries. Those experiences sparked a passion for learning about and understanding cultures.