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Wellbeing and Support

The transition to graduate school can present unforeseen challenges, both personally and academically. Whether you have been working professionally for some time, or are continuing your studies directly from your undergraduate institution, the community is here to support you and your specific needs.

Johns Hopkins Student Assistance Program (JHSAP)

JHSAP is a resource that can help you identify and manage challenging issues in healthy ways. Getting help is free, convenient, and confidential for students, faculty and staff. JHSAP is prepared to help students navigate a variety of critical issues including crisis response, healthy relationship support, school-life adjustment coaching, and faculty/staff consultations. Additionally, the program provides educational workshop and short-term counseling services. These benefits are also available for partners and spouses of enrolled students. 

Disability Accommodations

We are committed to providing all students with the opportunity to pursue excellence in their academic endeavors. This includes providing disability related accommodations and services in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and our goal of delivering accessible, inclusive student experiences. To begin the process of requesting accommodations please reference the central Student Disability Services (SDS) Student Accommodations webpages to learn more about the process or email SDS at

Health Services & Insurance

Johns Hopkins University requires that all full-time, degree-program students maintain adequate health insurance coverage to provide protection against unexpected accidents and illnesses. Full-time students are automatically enrolled in the student health benefit plan. Non-resident students are required to be enrolled in a plan comparable to the university's.


Full-time, in-residence students are automatically enrolled in the university student health benefit plan, but may waive out of the plan by successfully completing the waiver process demonstrating US-based coverage comparable to the university's plan. Instructions on how to waive out of the plan will be sent to students prior to the start of the fall semester.

Full-time students beginning their studies in the spring semester will be automatically enrolled in the university student health benefit plan and billed for seven months of coverage from January through August with the same opportunity to petition to waive coverage.

Full-time, in-residence students are automatically enrolled in the university student health benefit plan, but may successfully waive out of the plan by completing the waiver process and demonstrating either:

  • Alternative coverage comparable to that of the university student health benefit plan
  • European Union citizenship and enrollment in EU member nation health service

If you are in need of medical care while in Bologna, the Director of Student Life will connect you with appropriate English-speaking specialists. An administrator can also accompany you to medical visits should you request this assistance. The school has partnered with the University of Bologna to provide counseling services in English.

Non-Chinese students are covered under a health care contract with Raffles Medical International, which is a clinic staffed by Western doctors who provide routine primary care and emergency services. A 24-hour helpline is also available for emergencies.

Office of Institutional Equity

The Johns Hopkins University Office of Institutional Equity leads the university's efforts to foster an environment that is inclusive, respectful, and free from discrimination and harassment.