International Students: How to Access Health Care in the U.S.

Being sick or injured is challenging, even more so if you are in a foreign country. If you are an international student at Clemson, be assured that the University has resources to help you through such challenges. For students on the main campus, Student Health Services, located in Redfern Health Center, provides comprehensive medical and mental health services. If you’re not feeling well and need to see a medical provider, you can easily make an appointment at Redfern by calling the appointment line (864-656-1541) or logging in to MyHealth-e (; for certain appointments only). 

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If you have the Clemson University Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP), you should use Redfern Health Center as your primary care provider. If you study at one of Clemson’s non-main campus locations, you can check the list of preferred, or in-network, providers to find family doctors, walk-in clinics, hospitals and emergency rooms in your area. You can find a summary of benefits on Clemson’s website, as well as detailed information about costs and coverage.

You might also want to be familiar with some terms used to describe insurance.

  • Premium: the amount you pay to purchase the insurance coverage.
  • Deductible: the amount you must pay before the insurance company starts paying. Yours will be $750 per person for a preferred, or in-network, provider; $1,500 per person for non-preferred or out-of-network providers.
  • Co-insurance or co-pay: the amount you will pay for the treatment after the deductible has been met.

The SHIP also has vision, dental and prescription drug benefits-so make sure you examine your plan details before you make those appointments or visit the pharmacy.