All Edmonds College students with F-1 student visa status are required to purchase the school medical insurance plan, managed by LewerMark Student Insurance. If you are in the U.S. on a vacation quarter, you are still required to purchase student medical insurance.
Visit our costs page for the current medical insurance rate.
Edmonds College cannot waive the requirement for any student with F-1 status. The
only exceptions are:
Government Sponsored Students (e.g. Saudi Arabian Cultural Mission, Swedish Board
of Student Finance, etc.)
Concurrently enrolled students with an I-20 from another school.
If you have questions about the insurance plan, please visit the OIP office, email email@example.com, or call 425.640.1518.
If you get a bill, please bring it to our office and we will help you process the
Do not pay upfront. You only pay a $20 deductible for in-network clinics and $100
for the emergency room.
Urgent care clinics are open evenings and weekends for immediate treatments. However,
you should go to a hospital for any sudden or very painful illness or serious accident,
such as a broken bone, heart attack, heavy bleeding, or unconsciousness.
Counseling Service: My SSP
Attending school in the U.S. is a life-changing experience. We understand it also
comes with its challenges. Through your student insurance, you have 24/7, free, and
confidential access to a counselor. Counselors speak your language, understand your
culture, and can help with every issue, including: relationships, adapting to a new culture, school, stress, loneliness, addiction,
and mental health.
These are created by the International Student Program of mySSP. If you have any questions,
please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
"Most students are anxious about making friends when they first move into residence.
I personally didn’t sleep the night before I moved in. Fortunately, I quickly realized
that there was really no need to worry at all. Now I share a residence building with
eight hundred students just like myself, all wanting to meet new people and make new
friends. Unlike the first day of high school when you had your best friends from elementary
school with you, in first year school everyone is in the same boat. The majority of
students know no more than a few friends or acquaintances and so you can feel less
nervous about being the only one who hardly knows anyone there."
"Staying in touch with your parents while you’re away at university is important,
but you need to come to a compromise, set boundaries and understand expectations.
According to a recent study published in Springer’s Journal of Child and Family Studies,
'college students with over-controlling parents are more likely to be depressed and
less satisfied with their lives.'"
"Most people who look back on their experience of living and studying/working in a
new country and culture will tell you that the experience was positive and full of
opportunity and personal growth. At the same time these individuals can tell you that
they had to cope with the challenges of adaptation which ultimately gave them a sense
of confidence and resilience, as well as new perspectives and appreciation of the
world around them. They dealt with cultural adaptation and culture shock and came
out stronger and more confident."
"It can come as a sense of emptiness: of feeling disconnected, alone even in a crowd.
Often, it's accompanied by sadness, resentment, or anxiety. New situations can trigger
loneliness: a move to a new city or country or a breakup with a partner. On the other
hand, loneliness can creep in when relationships and situations become repetitive
or routine. Boredom and loneliness frequently go hand in hand."
"Doing well is a good thing. It’s great to be proud of your schoolwork and have it
recognized and rewarded. However, when achievement becomes a constant source of stress
in your life, then it has become a problem that needs attention."
"Effective communication involves active listening and nonverbal communication. While
communication in relationships might be easier for some people, there are some ways
for you to improve communication with each other. Below are some suggestions."
"As much as our online relationships enrich our lives, they can also cause emotional
pain when we’re unceremoniously 'unfriended.' If you’ve felt upset or insulted when
someone has unfriended you on a social media site, you’re not alone.
A recent study found that the most common responses to being unfriended were:
I was surprised It bothered me I was amused I felt sad"