Medical Insurance

As a condition of enrolling as an International Student at Bellevue College all F-1 visa holders on a Bellevue College I-20 are required to join the Bellevue College-contracted medical insurance plan every quarter including approved vacation and Reduced Course Load (RCL) terms.

The policy is also optional to the following students:

  1. All non-resident international BC full-time students taking 6 or more hours and their dependents
  2. All non-resident BC international part-time students taking 3 or more hours

What Type of Insurance Does Bellevue College Offer?

Through Firebird International Insurance Group, LLC, BC offers an accident and sickness plan that is underwritten by Summit America Insurance Services. Please go to to view and print the coverage information.

This insurance plan will provide coverage for non-immigrant international students while studying at BC. In the event of a major sickness or accident, the BC-contracted insurance agent will provide professional and timely services for you and is available 24 hours per day, 7 days a week to handle all of your insurance needs.

This insurance coverage does not include dental and vision coverage. Bellevue College does not waive the quarterly medical insurance fee for F-1 students on a BC I-20, regardless if a student purchases a medical plan from their own country. There is a $15 co-pay for visits to a doctor within the health plan coverage.

Students who are unsure about the eligibility should contact the Firebird International Insurance Group at 206-909-8550 or

Starting Fall 2016, there are changes for the plan. Please check the summary of the major changes or the whole benefits and exclusions for more details. Also check out the Frequently Asked Questions and Answers (FAQ) for more information. After reviewing this FAQ and if you still have any additional question, please contact your assigned advisor or Mrs. Linda Annable at 425.564.3185.

Last Updated July 12, 2016