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Health Resources & Insurance Requirements

DePauw international students are automatically enrolled in continuous insurance coverage to provide important access to medical services throughout their academic program.

Overview

All international students are required to maintain continuous insurance coverage that is approved by DePauw University.  DePauw currently works with The Lewer Agency, Inc. to provide medical and emergency insurance coverage for international students. This insurance policy is compliant with the United States' Affordable Care Act and meets the US Department of State’s insurance requirements for J-1 Exchange Visitors

DePauw's LewerMark insurance policy provides medical and emergency insurance coverage to students anywhere in the world, except in their home countries.  The plan includes routine visits to doctors' offices, emergency hospital visits, specialist care, prescription drug reimbursement and maternity coverage.  Eye and dental injuries are covered, but routine eye or dental services are not included in this policy.  Learn more here about what medical and emergency services are covered by the LewerMark international student insurance policy.

International Student Services staff manage international student insurance enrollment, answer student questions about insurance or medical bills, and can help students understand where to go for services they need.

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OUR INTERNATIONAL STUDENT & SCHOLAR INSURANCE POLICY

Enrollment is Automatic 

All new and returning international students will be automatically enrolled at the beginning of each semester in The Lewer Agency's LewerMark insurance policy, unless they are approved in advance to purchase an alternative insurance policy. Learn more about how to request approval for an alternative insurance policy by emailing iss@depauw.edu.

The cost for LewerMark insurance coverage for the 2017-18 academic year is approximately $711 USD per semester ($1,422 USD total) and covers students for one full calendar year. The insurance fee will be charged to students' DePauw accounts at the beginning of each semester - early September for the Fall semester and early February for the Spring semester.  Students pay for this insurance fee in the same way that any other charge for tuition or student fees would be paid.  Learn more here about student billing and payment procedures at DePauw.

Dates of coverage:

  • Fall semester:  August 1 through the last day of Winter Term

  • Spring semester: First day of the Spring semester through July 31

Returning students will be automatically re-enrolled in the LewerMark international student insurance policy each semester, unless approved in advance by International Student Services to purchase an alternative insurance policy.

Apply to purchase alternative insurance 

Students who would like approval to purchase an insurance policy other than DePauw's LewerMark international student insurance policy must send a detailed copy of their desired insurance policy to iss@depauw.edu for review no later than July 1st.  To be approved, the desired insurance policy must provide equal or better coverage than the LewerMark insurance policy, including (but not limited to) the following important points of coverage:

  • $500,000 per illness or injury ($200,000 minimum is accepted for J-1 exchange students)

  • 100% in-network expenses covered after co-pay / 80% out-of-network (no deductible)

  • Repatriation of remains $25,000

  • Medical evacuation $50,000
  • Prescription drug coverage
  • Self-inflicted injury
  • Medical care for mental health conditions
  • Sports injuries
  • Coverage for prenatal care and childbirth

Insurance requirements when studying off-campus

DePauw international students who study outside the United States (Winter Term, semester-long study abroad or internship programs) are required to enroll in the LewerMark insurance policy during their off-campus study program, unless approved in advance by International Student Services to purchase an alternative insurance policy.

Health Resources 

The Lewer Agency also provides a variety of resources for DePauw's international students, such as a 24-hour Nurse Hotline and information about when to go to the emergency room vs. when to schedule an appointment with a doctor. All DePauw students have access to basic health and counseling services at The DePauw Wellness Center, our on-campus student health center.  The DePauw Wellness Center includes the following offices:

  • Student Health Center - Students can make appointments to receive medical exams and services from a team of doctors and nurses. Learn more here about what the Student Health Center can provide for students.

  • Counseling Services - In the US, university life can become stressful due to a busy schedule, rigorous academics and living in a new environment. It is common and encouraged for university students to schedule regular appointments with counselors who can help them manage stress in healthy ways so that they can focus on their academic work and develop positive relationships. Our Counseling Services staff is a diverse team of professional counselors who are experienced working with students and offer services in English Mandarin and French.

  • Emergencies - DePauw students should dial "911" (the United States' primary emergency response system) from any phone if they or someone else experiences a medical or mental health emergency.  Students can also contact DePauw's Public Safety office in any kind of emergency situation, and Public Safety will contact the necessary emergency response service. 

  • Local resources - Students can also access medical providers and mental health services in Greencastle and surrounding cities, when necessary. Students should always call the doctor's office prior to their appointment to verify if the doctor accepts LewerMark insurance. Student can ask International Student Services for assistance if they have questions about whether a specific doctor or medical provider accepts DePauw's international student insurance.

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