NKU partners with Lewermark Student Insurance to provide high-quality, affordable health insurance for international students and scholars. All international students in F-1 status are required to have the NKU sponsored student health insurance, which will be charged to all students’ NKU billing accounts each semester. Estimated health insurance costs along with books and supplies are included in the financial section on each student's Initial I-20. More information on health insurance and health care in the United States is provided during spring and fall orientation week. 

Waiving Student Health Insurance

NKU allows waiver applications in very few circumstances. To review waiver criteria, please visit the Health Insurance Requirements page.


Except in cases of emergency, all students are encouraged to visit Health, Counseling, & Student Wellness (HCSW), located on the 4th floor of University Center. You can call their office at 859-572-5650.

From sore throats to sprained ankles (HCSW) are there for you. Services provided include primary care services, women’s health, dermatology, mental health services, preventative health care, health education, and wellness promotion.

University Health Services is open daily during the week for your convenience.


My SSP provides 24/7 remote mental health and acculturation support to NKU international students via the use of technology. Students are able to access self-directed digital content in addition to connecting with clinical advisors who speak their language and understand their culture. This program is offered at no cost to NKU students and aims to support the wellbeing and retention of international students studying here at NKU by complimenting existing campus resources.

International students at NKU will now have access to support services customized for them by My SSP Advisors who:

  • are Masters level counselors
  • speak their language understand their culture
  • are available 24/7 for immediate or scheduled sessions
  • can be reached through mobile and web chat, telephone and video
  • are experienced in supporting the unique challenges international students face

The program is fully integrated with existing on-campus resources and is completely confidential. The My SSP app can be downloaded via tha App Store on any mobile device.