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Health insurance is a program that helps cover many medical expenses that can occur while you are in the United States. SIUE has secured a medical health insurance policy for all students holding F-1 and J-1 visas. This is the only acceptable health insurance plan for international students attending SIUE. The International Insurance Committee coordinated the premium and plan benefits through Academic Health Plans at You can view the brochure and benefit information online.

All F-1 and J-1 visa students are required to enroll in the plan if they are enrolled in (1) or more credit hours or are enrolled in University 500. The credit hours can be on-campus or off-campus. Your Bursar bill will automatically include this fee.

The SIUE official policy is available for viewing at

Students in an F-1 and J-1 status are required to have the SIUE-approved student insurance plan unless:

  1. They are sponsored by their home government and have a comparable policy that meets or exceeds the insurance requirements in the SIUE policy.


  2. They are enrolled in a U.S. employer-provided group health plan that meets or exceeds the insurance requirements in the SIUE policy.

Students who meet one of the above criteria, must contact the Health Service office and provide proof of comparable coverage during the semester's waiver period. The waiver period will be the first 10 days of each semester. During the waiver period, the student must complete the waiver request form in Health Service. Completing the waiver request form does not guarantee that the waiver will be accepted. Coverage will be verified & you will be notified of approval or denial.

Students who are approved to waive the insurance must purchase Repatriation Insurance through Health Service, unless specifically included in a comparable plan.


  • All records not in English must be accompanied by a certified translation

  • Tetanus/Diphtheria/Pertussis (DPT, DTP, DT, DTaP, Td, or Tdap)

    • Three doses are required

    • One must be within 10 years prior to enrollment

    • Tetanus Toxoid is NOT acceptable in fulfilling this requirement.

  • Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR)

    • Two doses at least 28 days apart and after 12/31/67

    • Must be after 12 months of age

    • OR, a combination of the following:

      • RUBEOLA (Measles, Red Measles) - 2 doses after 12 months of age

      • MUMPS - 1 dose after 12 months of age

      • RUBELLA - 1 dose after 12 months of age

    • OR, positive titers confirming immunity (please attach lab report)

  • Tuberculosis (TB)

    • All international students will complete a TB screening questionnaire prior to the 10th day of class or within 10 days of arrival to SIUE.

    • If upon review of the screening questionnaire the student is determined to be at-risk, the student must fulfill one of the following requirements:
      • Quantiferon Gold (TB blood screen test) performed at SIUE Health Service

      • OR, if a transfer student, show proof of a negative TB test, Quantiferon Gold, or T-Spot test performed at another U.S. university (must be no more than one year prior to SIUE semester start date)

      • OR, provide documentation in English of prophylactic treatment of TB within or outside the U.S. in addition to completing a TB risk assessment at SIUE Health Service

      • OR, if past records show a positive TB test followed by a negative chest X-Ray, a TB risk assessment form should be completed at SIUE Health Service

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