All international students are required by SUNY policies to submit certain health forms before their arrival to the United States.
Students will need to complete their required Tuberculosis Screening Form and submit their immunization/vaccination records (in English). Visit Student Information to review all the requirements. Students that are required to have a Tuberculin skin test (PPD) should have the form completed by a doctor and return it to the International Programs Office.
Although the United States Embassy may advise students that they do not need two measles shots, it is not the case in New York state.
SUNY Cortland requires all international students to have a physical examination completed and signed by a qualified doctor.
You MUST complete the following Tuberculosis Screening Form and on the Student Health Web Portal. A Tuberculin skin test (PPD) must be performed, only if you are from, or have spent time in, a high risk country as defined by the CDC, WHO and the American College Health Association.
The list of "High Incidence" countries is included on the TB Screening form on the portal, or you can see the most recent lists at the World Health Organization website.
Students should submit proof of meeting all of the above requirements prior to starting classes. If, after some time, a student fails to submit these forms, SUNY Cortland will be required by law to de-register the student. Fees apply for re-registering after late submission of forms.
Per State University of New York policy, all international student students must purchase a SUNY International Student Health insurance.
NOTE: SUNY insurance carries an annual deductible provision. This means you pay a one-time fee of $200.00 the first time you use an outside provider. If you are referred to an outside provider by Student Health Services, the deductible is waived. So, be sure to go to Student Health Services first, before going to see another doctor (except in an emergency, of course). SUNY Insurance does not cover routine optical or dental needs.
The SUNY international health insurance plan now covers most injuries that can be sustained during the practice or play of interscholastic sports, meaning one of the official College, NCAA teams, not just the club sports. SUNY UHC plans meets all NCAA requirements. Please contact the International Programs Office if you have further questions.
*Categories of high risk students include those students who have arrived within the past five years from countries where TB is endemic. It is easier to identify countries of low rather than high TB prevalence. Therefore, students should undergo TB screening if they have arrived from countries EXCEPT those on the following list: Canada, Jamaica, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, USA, Virgin Islands (USA), Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, San Marino, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, American Samoa, Australia, or New Zealand. Other categories of high-risk students include those with HIV infection, who inject drugs, who have resided in, volunteered in, or worked in high-risk congregate settings such as prisons, nursing homes, hospitals, residential facilities for patients with AIDS, or homeless shelters; and those who have clinical conditions such as diabetes, chronic renal failure, leukemias or lymphomas, low body weight, gastrectomy and jejunoileal by-pass, chronic malabsorption syndromes, prolonged corticosteroid therapy (e.g., prednisone 15 mg/d for one month) or other immunosuppressive disorders.
**Disclaimer (per SUNY Policy): “Neither the State of New York, through its agents, nor the State University of New York through its agents and employees, is responsible in any manner whatsoever for the payment of any claim for health-related services provided to individuals covered under this insurance policy. The State of New York and State University of New York are not responsible for obligations incurred by individuals who are not covered by this insurance policy. All individuals participating in State University’s health insurance program described herein are responsible for reviewing all descriptions of the scope and level of coverage offered by this policy. Such participants will be solely responsible for obtaining additional coverage not provided under this program if such is deemed necessary by the participant.” - SUNY Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research, Graduate Studies, and Professional Programs and Office of the Vice Chancellor for Finance and Business, Memorandum to Presidents, “Guidelines for the Implementation of Health Insurance Coverage for International Exchange, Research, and Study Programs, Vol. 86, No. 9, June 5, 1986.
Daniela Baban Hurrle, Director
Old Main, Room 219
P.O. Box 2000
Cortland, NY 13045
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Monday - Friday